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Clara Quick Reflects on Internship with Emerson Leadership Institute

Clara Quick, a senior majoring in Economics at the Chaifetz School of Business, started her internship with the Emerson Leadership Institute in June of 2022. Through her internship, she witnesses the institute’s mission of creating ethical business leaders every day. 

“There’s a big emphasis on creating leaders in business but also continuing to focus on the individual,” Quick said. 

Through her internship, Quick has been working with faculty to promote and implement the Mission Meets the Market Digital Badges.

“The programs are focused mainly on services and leadership,” Quick said. “The goal is to shape leaders and you really see the mission meeting the market through these programs.” 

Clara Quick

Clara Quick has been interning with the Emerson Leadership Institute since June 2022 as she completes her undergraduate degree at the Chaifetz School of Business.

The Mission Meets the Market Digital Badge programs are offered to certify students' competence with in-demand skills in the job market. The badges can be inserted into resumes, professional profiles and online pages such as LinkedIn to promote individual marketability. 

Badges are offered in Community Engagement: Transformative Service, ELITE Leader in Ethical Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship: Business Success Mentor. A portion of proceeds raised through these programs supports the Dean’s Student Advisory Board Social Impact Fund. The board works to support student initiatives and involvement within the St. Louis community. 

Quick is also helping the institute plan the second annual Be Heard: Women in Leadership Conference, which will feature keynote speakers, workshops, a research symposium and other opportunities to support women in leadership positions. 

“I’ve personally been doing a lot of research and reaching out to local women-owned businesses,” Quick said. The conference will highlight these businesses as vendors, partners and speakers. 

The conference is an extension of women leaders within the Emerson Leadership Institute. Quick notes that working in the institute with so many accomplished women in business has offered empowerment and inspiration.

“Every day getting to work with these women, it’s amazing. It’s a fun community but it also has just been really great to see such strong female leaders. I truly have learned a lot from them.”


about the richard a. chaifetz school of business

Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century. As one of the oldest business schools west of the Mississippi, the Chaifetz School has built a reputation as a leader in business education committed to innovation, inclusion and impact and recognized with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.