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Alicia Conway

Background

I received my B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I majored in Journalism and Mass Communications. After graduation, I spent three months living and learning Italian in Grado, Italy before settling in Boston and starting a six-year career at The Boston Globe’s website, Boston.com where I worked as a web developer and coded the company’s most recent redesign. I then moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I volunteered for a social enterprise called Digital Divide Data, a multinational and trilingual organization providing socially responsible digitization and IT services. I worked as a Technical Consultant and Capacity builder for the launch of the company’s two biggest IT projects of this year: a new intranet and external web site.

Career Path

I came to Kenan-Flagler to gain the tools to harness the power and efficiencies of traditional business to make exponentially larger change in the world. As a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow, I plan to explore the role of educational programs in fostering economic development and effectiveness in North Carolina and beyond. After graduating from Kenan-Flagler, I plan to pursue a career at the intersection of business, government and the social sector. I hope to work for a multinational organization that focuses on developing communication and technical strategies that bridge the digital divide between developed and emerging markets as it relates to technology and global competitiveness.

Interests and Hobbies

From photographing friends’ weddings to everyday people in far off places, I love to capture people and moments in photographs. I enjoy running slowly and biking fast. I first traveled outside of the US in 2000 and have since been to 14 countries … so I’m just getting started.