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alumni and social media services Team

Emily Lierle
Social Media Manager

As the Social Media Manager, Emily creates the strategy and content for all of CEA’s social channels and runs CEA’s Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program that curates digital content from students abroad.

Emily honed her digital marketing skills and knack for content creation at Markitors, a small digital agency in Scottsdale, where she was a one-woman band managing small businesses’ social media accounts, SEO content, email marketing, CEO branding, and overall strategies. She conducted research, created editorial calendars, wrote social and long-form content, created social objects, edited video, and coordinated with media and influencers to distribute the content. As the first hire at her previous agency, she also helped recruit and onboard new hires as the organization grew.

Before joining CEA, Emily served as Content Marketing Manager for All Told, the integrated marketing team at Allison+Partners in Scottsdale, where she was responsible for a number of content marketing efforts, including researching, planning, strategic support, and writing, as well as influencer and social media marketing. 

While studying at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, Emily held internships ranging from reporting at a small newspaper in North Dakota and writing for Arizona Highways Magazine to creating SEO and social media content for U-Haul at their headquarters.

Emily is fluent in French and studied abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris for a semester. Her enthusiasm for international education stemmed from that experience, and since joining the CEA team, her bucket list has expanded and her passion for marketing and engaging with students on digital platforms has grown exponentially.

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Sierra Sweet
University Relations Events Manager

As the University Relations Events Manager, Sierra is responsible for planning and executing both internal and external events. These events include conferences such as NAFSA and FORUM as well as, Familiarization Trips, Advisory Board meetings, study abroad fairs and more. She also works closely with University Regional Directors to enhance our university relationships.

Sierra studied abroad for the first time between high school and college at a small school in Mexico. She found that she loved the Spanish language, so pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, majoring in Spanish and French. During her time there she had the chance to study abroad at both Universidad San José in Costa Rica and Université François Rabelais in France.

After graduation, Sierra had the opportunity to live and work on a boat in Greece, and in Queenstown, New Zealand before she returned stateside where she worked in higher education for 5 years. During her time in higher education she worked in Student Development where she built a study abroad program for the university, and ran faculty-led trips to Greece.

Sierra’s vision of enhancing opportunities for students to study abroad is based in the knowledge that when we learn and understand each other the world becomes smaller and the prejudices we hold against each other dissipate. As a proponent of this vision, she has lived in 6 countries, been to 24, and dabbles in additional languages such as Greek, Arabic and Italian.

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