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Trailblaze with Emilie Cushman Trailblaze

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When will society abandon stereotypes about women in tech? What was it like to raise money as a twenty-something female founder? On this episode Anthony sits down with entrepreneur Emilie Cushman to discuss the challenges she faced as a young woman in tech pitching investors, what it’s like for founders to hire a CEO who is not aligned, and the content that she is creating today to help young founders.



Recorded March 2022



About Emilie Cushman: Emilie Cushman is the Co-founder and CEO of Kira Talent. Kira Talent is one of Canada’s fastest growing companies in the higher education technology space, using holistic admissions software to help teams effectively, efficiently, and fairly identify applicants who will succeed in their program. Since its inception in 2012 out of the Next 36 program, Kira has raised over $8.8 million dollars in funding and most recently, exited to ETS, Education Testing Service in November of 2021. Kira Talent counts over 1000 university programs as clients, including programs at Yale, Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD, and over 1 million students have completed Kira applications. Prior to starting Kira, Emilie obtained her Bachelor of Business from University of Windsor in 2012 and that same year completed the Next 36 Entrepreneurial Institute. Emilie was named HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow 2012, Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada 2012, Next 36 Most Outstanding Venture Award 2012, the Geoff Taber Alumni Achievement Award 207, the University of Windsor Odyssey Award for Alumni Achievement 2017, Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in 2019, and EY Winning Women Program 2021.



Connect with Emilie and Kira Talent:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/officialemiliecushman 

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/emiliecushman 

Kira Talent Website: http://kiratalent.com 



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Trailblaze is produced by CreatorClub. Create your own podcast at https://creatorclubstudios.com.

When will society abandon stereotypes about women in tech? What was it like to raise money as a twenty-something female founder? On this episode Anthony sits down with entrepreneur Emilie Cushman to discuss the challenges she faced as a young woman in tech pitching investors, what it’s like for founders to hire a CEO who is not aligned, and the content that she is creating today to help young founders.



Recorded March 2022



About Emilie Cushman: Emilie Cushman is the Co-founder and CEO of Kira Talent. Kira Talent is one of Canada’s fastest growing companies in the higher education technology space, using holistic admissions software to help teams effectively, efficiently, and fairly identify applicants who will succeed in their program. Since its inception in 2012 out of the Next 36 program, Kira has raised over $8.8 million dollars in funding and most recently, exited to ETS, Education Testing Service in November of 2021. Kira Talent counts over 1000 university programs as clients, including programs at Yale, Harvard, Stanford and INSEAD, and over 1 million students have completed Kira applications. Prior to starting Kira, Emilie obtained her Bachelor of Business from University of Windsor in 2012 and that same year completed the Next 36 Entrepreneurial Institute. Emilie was named HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow 2012, Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada 2012, Next 36 Most Outstanding Venture Award 2012, the Geoff Taber Alumni Achievement Award 207, the University of Windsor Odyssey Award for Alumni Achievement 2017, Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in 2019, and EY Winning Women Program 2021.



Connect with Emilie and Kira Talent:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/officialemiliecushman 

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/emiliecushman 

Kira Talent Website: http://kiratalent.com 



Thank you for listening to Trailblaze!

Share your thoughts about this episode of Trailblaze on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnthonyLacavera

Instagram: https://instagram.com/anthony.lacavera 

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/anthonylacavera 



For more about Anthony Lacavera and to subscribe to the mailing list visit https://anthonylacavera.com.

Trailblaze is produced by CreatorClub. Create your own podcast at https://creatorclubstudios.com.

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