Gena Palmieri - 2015 Recipient
$3,000 Champion Scholars Award
Gena works for as an analyst for Deloitte in San Francisco. She especially enjoys her work with clients in the fashion and retail industry as she has a passion for fashion. “I get to integrate all sides of fashion, business, and data” she said. “It’s been really interesting to work with so many businesses and understand the fundamental problems that they’re having.”
Gena’s passion for fashion started from a young age. “I always had an inclination for it,” she said. “I would take a word document and then copy and paste the clothes I wanted from Gap. I would dream about designing clothes.” Although she considered a career in fashion, she said “a more realistic side of me wanted to focus on business.”
At Notre Dame, Gena studied IT Management and Data Science. Her most valuable class was called “Foresight” in which she looked at different scenarios and predicted how the market would change under different circumstances. “It was very challenging and hard,” she said. She also really liked her “Design Thinking” class. “It allowed me to be a bit more creative and learn about web design.”
She is inspired by female entrepreneurs in the fashion / beauty industries including Tyler Haney, founder of Outdoor Voices. “It’s really cool that she’s created this brand that emphasizes community and prioritizes exercise and having fun,” she said. She also admires Marianna Hewitt, cofounder of Summer Fridays. “She has built a brand, but also has her own podcast with the voices of women.” Like those who inspire her, Gena hopes to one day have a business or a blog.
In her free time, Gena likes to run and explore the outdoors. “In San Francisco the weather is usually nice, in the 50s and 60s. I like to go to the farmer’s market and get flowers and spend time with friends and family. Those are the things that bring me happiness,” she said.