No Coaster Needed with Jacob McCourt
About This Show
Inspired by the feeling of catching up with an old friend at a pub, No Coaster Needed features chats about people's journeys through life and is meant to be informational, positive and casual.
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Episode 2: Emilie Cushman (Co-Founder & CEO at Kira Talent)
5 days ago
On this episode of No Coaster Needed, we spoke to Emilie Cushman. Emilie the Co-Founder and CEO of Kira Talent. Kira Talent is a Toronto-based company building software to make it easier on Universities and Colleges to assess their applicants.
Emilie is a past recipient of the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012.
On the show, we talk about her first dream of being an astronaut, getting into the Next 36, co-founding Kira Talent, how her role evolved and changed over time and all of the anecdotes in between (like how she gave up coffee).
To see updates about Kira Talent, you can visit KiraTalent.com and @KiraTalent on all major social media platforms.
1:35 Emilie's Upbringing
2:00 Wanting to work for NASA
2:40 How she chose Business School over the Sciences
4:23 How did you discover Enactus (Emilie was a past president of the Windsor chapter)
6:20 The spectacle of an Enactus presentation
9:40 What is the Next 36?
11:25 The Next 36 National Selection Weekend
14:16 How did you come up with the idea for Kira Talent?
16:05 Winning the Next 36
16:50 22 Years Old and $2.3M in Funding
20:10 "Step Aside..."
22:30 Would you change anything knowing what you know now?
24:01 Her sales experience
24:45 How did Kira Talent change while you were on Special Projects
27:00 Something happened... again.
30:55 How Emilie managed herself when she became the CEO again
32:45 What does Kira Talent look like now?
35:50 Winning the Odyssey Award at the University of Windsor and coming home
36:45 How do you give back?
38:50 Top tips for managing workload
40:20 What's next for Emilie and wrap-up
Season 1 of No Coaster Needed focuses on people with ties to Windsor, Ontario.
To see updates about future No Coaster Needed shows, visit NoCoasterNeeded.com or follow me on Twitter @JacobMcCourt.
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