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REFLECTIONS OF A SUMMER INTERN





I was not sure what to expect when I applied and was accepted as the PROPEL summer intern. Was I going to be spending my time making coffee for others? Was this organization compelling and engaging?

What I discovered was an incredibly professional and
well-run organization in our community that fills a tremendous need. PROPEL guides women who are entering the workforce. Women of all ages and levels of experience reach out to PROPEL and receive one-on-one career coaching and advice from an outstanding mentor, Ellen Ades.

I spent much of my time with Viviane Darwish, Director of Operations at PROPEL. I was involved in back office management, and used my knowledge of Excel to help with organizational details. My assignments included creating an online survey to help evaluate the client experience at PROPEL.

PROPEL sponsored many events over the summer. I was involved in supporting the many details it takes to run a successful event. At the start of the summer, PROPEL showcased RBG, a movie reflecting the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and hosted a Vision Mapping session with Alice Chera. I was inspired by these events and realized the potential each woman has to actualize the career of her choice.

PROPEL’s premiere summer event, arranged by Dr. Gayle Krost, Carol Chera, and Marcy Feldman, “When Opportunity Knocks,” was a panel discussion hosted at the home of Gayle Krost. It showcased six incredible women: Shelly Shmool, a photographer (By Jackie and Shelly), Grace Natkin, a fashion designer, Joyce Ash of Jerome Avenue Bakeshop, Jaimee Shams, a registered nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center, Susie Sutton, a teacher at Yeshiva of Flatbush, and Vicki Grazi, a PROPEL graduate and yoga instructor.

The discussion was moderated by Co-Executive Director of PROPEL Alissa Shams. I learned so much from the women on the panel. They shared their personal journeys, what led them to choose their careers, how they balance work and family, and their “aha moments” that inspired them.

I am looking forward to our next two events. PROPEL will be hosting an event for women interested in the Arts, sponsored by Robin Braka, a PROPEL board member, and her daughter Rachel Khafif (RBK Advisory). We also formed “Team PROPEL,” and a group will be running at the upcoming SBH 5K race. Look out for our fabulous pink PROPEL shirts. After my summer experience at Propel I am very proud to exclaim, “Run like a girl!”

Follow PROPEL on Instagram @PropelNetwork to find out information about upcoming PROPEL programs and events.