Meet a student who moderated a high-profile event

CWRU Senior Emma Risley

Case Western Reserve University senior Emma Risley is studying political science, history, theater and African American studies, with plans to impact educational policy as an advocate for public education, teachers and students.

Her preparation for her future endeavors were already lengthy:

  • Internships at two museums 
  • Work-study position with the Sculpture Center
  • Executive member of Players' Theatre Group, a student-run performance group, for which she has directed, produced, designed and acted

Recently she served as a moderator for an event hosted by CWRU’s Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship, a major responsibility granted to select undergrads each semester. 

Student moderators are tasked with researching, preparing and steering hour-long, live conversations with some well-established entrepreneurs and leaders. Among the conversations our students have led: talks with the former Microsoft VP who led the team that created Windows and the CWRU alum who serves as the CTO of Etsy.

Hear from Emma about her experience as moderator for an event with CWRU alum and Vice President for Corporate Development at global communication company ViaSat, Mike Lubin.

“It was a pivot point for me,” she says. “He has given me some great advice, and I was shocked by how useful my enthusiasm and improvisation were in a professional moderation. That is not something I ever thought I would have the chance to do at this age.”

Watch their full exchange here.

At CWRU, you’ll take the lead with confidence. 

Check the schedule to see what’s coming up at the Veale Institute. All their events are open to the public, so sign up to hear from our students!