SWE Staff Spotlight: Emily Burnett

Each month, the Society of Women Engineers puts the spotlight on one of our valued staff members. For April, we feature SWE's Manager of Global Programs, Emily Burnett.
SWE staff member Emily Burnett stands with diverse group of women

Headshot of SWE staff member Emily BurnettEmily Burnett is the Manager of Global Programs for the Society of Women Engineers. No stranger to the non-profit sector, Emily started her career as a grassroots community development leader in Ecuador where she managed volunteer programs across the country. Most recently, she worked for an international community service association leading the development of young adult programs in more than 100 different countries.

When she’s not in the office, Emily likes to spend time outside – whether that’s working in the garden, going to the beach, or camping out. One of her bucket list items is hiking the 4-day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Who is your role model and why?

I draw a lot of inspiration from Michelle Obama. She exhibits incredible ambition, resilience, and a deep commitment to doing the right thing even in the face of adversity.

Where are you from/where were you raised?

I grew up in Naperville, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

What is your favorite sports team?

Da Bulls!

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Sweet Caroline, but I’ll sing almost anything at karaoke! I love humiliating myself.

If you could eat one thing the rest of your life, what would it be?

Grilled cheese

What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve received?

I love the quote, “We rise by lifting others.” There are so many opportunities to practice this in the workplace.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Ecuador

What movie or TV quote are you most likely to use in conversation?

Anything by Chris Farley

What was the inspiration that made you get into your field?

There isn’t a single event or inspiration that drove me to this field. I think it’s a result of the values that were instilled in me growing up and the passions that I have developed as an adult. Working for SWE is the perfect opportunity for me to act on my passion for supporting and empowering women across the globe.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love learning new things so having the opportunity to work closely with SWE members who are leaders and innovators in their field is very exciting to me.


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