All about Emily Markham
Being in a conference room armed with proposals and numbers is something Emily has become very familiar with over the past four years. When she was 14, she discovered her niche of academic competitions, preparing business plans, profit and loss statements, and creating theoretical companies. She dedicates her passion in entrepreneurship and competition as the driving force behind her ability to thrive in a business environment which has abled her to place top four in every DECA Business competition she entered.
In addition to participating in DECA, Emily has advanced her education in business by taking classes at Brown University and Georgetown. She is also the president of her high school’s DECA club and Model Congress club, along with the Head of Fundraising for a local organization.
Emily heads to NYU’s Stern School of Business this fall to major in finance with hopes to continue on to get her MBA. Using the skill sets she has already obtained and will continue to develop over the next few years, Emily has dreams of creating a financial consulting firm that targets socially conscious companies that need organization and structure in their finances. She has the passion, drive and ability to create something meaningful in the world and leave a lasting impact. She embodies all the values we hold at Adore Me, which is why she’s our chosen recipient for the Adore Me Scholarship. Congratulations to Emily Markham, the Fall 2017 Adore Me Scholarship Winner!
What inspires and motivates you every day?
I think the biggest motivator for me is my potential. I am so young and I've just dipped my toe into the business world, and I'm so excited to continue and grow. I'm excited about my potential to do meaningful things with my life, and to make an impact. I still have the time and the energy to focus into becoming successful in my mission to help people, and knowing that helps me make every day count.
Why do you have a focus on working with socially conscious companies?
Since the start of high school, my dad has taken me to different start-up competitions that different colleges put on. Seeing kids just a few years older than me creating companies that would make cleaning water in Africa more efficient or connecting students to volunteer opportunities proved to me that businesses can be both successful and socially impactful. Now that I know this combination is possible, I’ve dedicated myself to lifting socially conscious companies up.
How do you overcome obstacles?
At the beginning of high school I struggled with Lyme Disease. At my worst, I wasn't going to school or leaving the house. I felt so socially isolated and stuck that I was almost unable to dig my way out of the hole. As I started to feel better, I created a support group for local teenagers in my area suffering with Lyme as well. By being there for other people and surrounding myself with hope, I was able to pull myself out of my social isolation and I continued on to finish high school symptom free. Being the person that I needed was the real reason I was able to mentally and physically recover, and has taught me how to be strong and patient.
In 40 years, what do you want to be remembered for?
In 40 years, I hope to be remembered by the ways I've helped change the world. I want to leave a meaningful impact, and inspire others to do the same. I want to help inspire other girls to get into male dominated fields, as well as to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
If you could have dinner with anyone (living or not) who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Frida Kahlo. Living around the time of the Mexican Revolution, Frida was a groundbreaker in proving that women can speak their own minds. Being one of the most famous painters of her time, she is also one the most interesting. She was unapologetically herself, and persevered through a bus crash that should've left her crippled for life. Growing up reading about her life, she inspired me to be unapologetically myself and to think for myself. Being able to speak to my lifelong idol would be monumental.