Bison Spotlight – Megan Nathanson

The next Bison Spotlight is a member of the Class of 2020, Megan Nathanson. She is from Scarborough, Maine and is pursuing a degree in Sport Management and has two minors in Communication and Psychology. Here on The Hill, she is a captain of the Women’s Tennis Team, a Peer Tutor at the Academic Resource Center (ARC), a Student Advisory Panelist for the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), and is a member of the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). Outside of school and work, she enjoys spending time with friends, working out, rock climbing, and hiking. A fun fact about Megan is she can ride a unicycle!

Throughout Megan’s time on The Hill, she has completed three different internships. In the summer of 2018, she completed an internship with the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York. In this role, she was a US Open Player Operations Employee. She worked in the Player Operations Department and interacted with all of the professional tennis players. Megan also assisted in the organization and facilitation of player practices throughout the tournament. She would ensure that only credentialed players were allowed onto the practice courts and maintained player safety by navigating players through large crowds to their courts. This was a great opportunity for Megan, working at a very high caliber event.

Megan said her favorite thing from this opportunity was, “Getting to interact with the professional tennis players. These are athletes that I have looked up to for years. It was also fascinating to see how one of the biggest tournaments in the world is run from behind the scenes.”

Megan’s next opportunity was with Shamrock Sports & Entertainment in Portland, Maine. Her role was a Coordinator of Events and Sales. She gained sponsorship cultivation and event management experience. Megan helped plan and execute a local 4th of July event which included a VIP section, catered food, fireworks and a performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. She also boosted the experience of the 500 VIP ticket holders and major sponsors as the primary communication contact for the event. Megan also ran social media platforms, by creating marketing campaigns and assisted in raising sponsorship revenue.

Megan’s experience with the US Open and Shamrock Sports led her to her next opportunity. She was an intern for Swarm AAU Basketball. She helped design and edit the organization’s website. Megan also created promotional content, such as flyers and social media posts. She wrote the press relates to the company’s new partnerships.

When we asked Megan her favorite thing about her opportunities, she said, “My favorite thing was getting the opportunity to work with so many incredibly driven people. It is really inspiring to surround yourself in an environment where everyone is motivated and passionate about their work.”

Megan shared an important take away from her experiences. She said, “It is important to trust yourself and to remain optimistic. I have learned that the best leaders are optimistic that things will work out, no matter what situation they are in.”

The CPDC team would like to thank Megan for taking the time to share her journey with us. We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

 

By Maggie Noelk
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