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Chelsea Parkes '19

Hometown

Dix Hills, NY

Complementary Minor Communication
Path

A rising leader, inspired by her mentors, makes sure everyone's included

For Chelsea Parkes ’19, true success means helping others be successful as well. “I like working with people and helping to make sure that they’re performing at their best,” she explains. At Bryant, she’s found a like-minded community, where success is everyone’s business.

Parkes, a Marketing and Management major, values courses like the marketing research class she took with Kaitlyn Pintrairch ’03, ’09 MBA, who in addition to being a member of the Bryant faculty is also the owner and president of her own company. “The professors here have real backgrounds in their field and can bring real-world applications into the classroom, which I really appreciate,” Parkes says.

“Bryant gives you such a good baseline to jumpstart your career,” says Parkes. “Everyone’s connected here, which is really helpful. My professors have brought so many incredible speakers into the classroom.”

As alumni chair of the Delta Zeta sorority, she helps bring successful graduates back to campus to share advice and stories. “They love coming back,” says Parkes. “They like knowing what’s going on here on campus and assisting students whenever they can.”

Helping students find their path is an essential part of Parkes’ work as President of Bryant’s Multicultural Student Union (MSU), where she works to promote diversity and cultural awareness. “MSU provides an inclusive space for us to talk about cultural issues that happen both on campus and in the wider world,” Parkes notes. “I’ve been a part of the group since freshman year, and it’s not only given me a place to discuss the issues that are important to me, but also provided me with an opportunity to lead.”

She’s inspired by the work done by Kevin Martins, the Assistant Director of Bryant’s PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, in making sure the campus offers an inclusive and welcoming environment.

“He’s always been a mentor to me," she says, "and I’m so excited I get to work with him as President of the MSU. I would love to someday be doing what he’s doing now.”

Real World Experience

Mentoring

Career Advocate, Amica Center for Career Education
• Creates and presents career-related workshops to classrooms and student groups
• Develops collaborative relationships with faculty and student groups
• Participates in the development of new and innovative student- oriented career programs

Leadership

President, Multicultural Student Union
• Manages club daily functions and maintains member enthusiasm
• Leads weekly meetings and allocates resources and executive board members efficiently
• Act as a liaison between the club and the University

Greek Life

Alumnae Chair, Delta Zeta Sorority
• Cultivates and fosters relations between Delta Zeta current and past members

Internships

Early Career Leadership Development Program – Digital Marketing, The Hartford
• Provided innovative ideas regarding the development and execution of Drive to Web strategies
• Assisted in the training of an Artificial Intelligence chat bot in support of online customer service
• Analyzed Voice of Customer research and provided feedback and recommendations
• Designed a “How-To” Resource Guide for Agents to provide to customers, both in print and digital

Program Management Intern, The Women’s Sports Foundation
• Researched and wrote biographies for 60+ Olympic athletes for the 2017 Team Sportswoman of the Year
• Assisted in the research and judging of the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award nominees
• Developed in-house and external communications for the Travel & Training and GoGirlGo! Programs

Bryant Athletics

Athlete/Director of Social Media, Women’s Club Rugby
• Produces promotional materials, photographs and videos for the Women’s Club Rugby team’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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