Priyanka Deo

Priyanka DeoCurrent Location: Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Chicago, IL and Mumbai, India

UIS Degree: B.A. 2010 (Awarded a double major in Political Science & Sociology/Anthropology, summa cum laude)

Other Degrees: MSc 2014 London School of Economics, M.S. 2015 University of Southern California, Masters Candidate at Harvard University

Current Position
Senior Consultant- Intelligence at RosettiStarr LLC, Co-founder of G.E.M. – Girl Empowerment Movement

Career Highlights
Priyanka worked as an investigative journalist and editor of Business India Magazine in Mumbai, India right out of college before attending grad school. After graduating with her M.S. and MSc, she worked as a strategic and crisis communications consultant in Washington D.C. She currently works in corporate intelligence at RosettiStarr LLC. Priyanka is also the co-founder of Girl Empowerment Movement (G.E.M.); a social impact initiative focusing on female empowerment. She is an advisory board member of the Washington D.C. Urban Debate League and volunteers in strategy development and directing middle school and high school tournaments. Priyanka will be a Master’s candidate at Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2017.

Memories of SSU/UIS
I played number 1 on the UIS Women’s Varsity Tennis team for both singles and doubles. Match/tournament weekends are something I will never forget. I received the Lincoln Medallion for my work with the Illinois Innocence Project. This is the highest award in the state and I received it at a time when I was working with a team to free a wrongfully accused man from prison. I was the commencement speaker at graduation. The culmination of all four years in those 5 minutes, while standing before professors, family, friends and peers; I will never forget the positivism and spirit that the entire UIS family showed me that day.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“Besides a solid educational base, UIS taught me time management, meeting deadlines and organization. I was pushed past my limit on a daily basis, but I always had great support from both professors and friends the entire time which made the experience one that I would repeat in a heartbeat.”

Interesting Fact
– In 2016, she had the opportunity to meet the President of the United States on special invite.
– She is a trained Indian classical dancer in Kathak.



Posted on May 18, 2017