Emily Storm-Smith

Emily Storm-Smith

Senior Corporate Counsel

Strada Education Network, Inc.

Indianapolis, IN USA

Every human being has the capacity to learn and work hard and that is the ONLY thing that will ever matter to pursuing what you want to do with your life.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
"Female" Engineer – faced implicit bias as one of only a few women in my field.
Moved for my husband's job opportunity and had to start over because my super specific degree (Nuclear Engineer) didn't have a job I wanted in our new geographic location.
GRAD SCHOOL! Attended graduate school and obtained a Master's in Public Affairs and my JD law degree.
Looking for a full time job, I heard from a lot of people that my undergraduate degree was too "weird" and they "didn't know what to do with me." I had to fight (while pregnant) for business law job.
Convinced a large law firm to let me work in the business law group. It was hard, long, and stressful work. But I learned A LOT and enjoyed my colleagues.
Once my son started school, it was difficult to balance my crazy schedule with my husband's advancing career running a small & growing business. Something had to give.
Found position in-house with a large non-profit organization whose mission is to help advance education and workforce for all Americans. I feel like I have finally found the place where I belong!
Keep following my journey


High School
Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. Schcool
Nuclear Engineering
Purdue University
Masters Public Affairs
Indiana University
Juris Doctorate
Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Senior Corporate Counsel

Corporate attorney helping companies (1) meet their funding goals; (2) reduce liability; & (3) grow into Dreams!

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

I spend my days working with my team to design investment opportunities that provide monetary benefit to investors and valuable capital to the founders to continue their missions through entrepreneurship. Attorneys in business law handle complex problems around government compliance, personnel issues, financial and tax regulations, and other aspects of operating a business. Most days, I'm on the phone with people in my organization who have questions about liabilities and business deals.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If you want to move into a career in social impact, corporate finance, and entrepreneurship, the best thing to do is learn who in your community is doing this work already—Venture Capital firms, social impact fund managers, and institutional investors—then see what they have available. Most will be looking for someone with formal finance education or experience. If you want to get into being a lawyer, you have to go to law school.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Business or Finance


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"A woman will never be a successful Engineer—try nursing if you like science and math. Business Law and finance is a man's world. You can't be a mother with young kids and an associate at a law firm."

Challenges I Overcame

Working Parent