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The Executive Manager

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Holly Rae Phillips ’20 served as SGA’s Lubin Prez and Executive Parliamentarian, won awards with the Mock Trial team, and even interned at the White House. But did you know she played Bobby Cannavale’s daughter on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire?

Holly Rae Phillips ’20 is the second in her family to attend Pace. Her brother was a Dyson student studying history, so she had firsthand knowledge of what to expect. “I realized that Pace had a lot of aspects that made it appealing to attend,” she told us, including her desire to build a career in NYC. “I wanted to leave my mark and help make the experience for other students the best it could be.” As the president of her student council in high school two years running, Phillips knew exactly where she could start making a real difference.

Joining the Student Government Association (SGA) in her first year at Pace seemed like the most logical choice. “I was passionate about the difference that I made in high school, and I wanted to continue that at Pace,” she explained. And she’s made quite the difference already! In her sophomore year, Phillips was elected SGA’s President of the Lubin School of Business, and she didn’t waste any time getting to work. Along with Lubin VP Melissa Correa ’20, they co-led the Lubin Spring Soirée, a popular networking event exclusively for students. “[It] became what we had envisioned when it resulted in several students getting internships,” Phillips said. “In my eyes, that was a big achievement, because we got to help our peers with their professional endeavors.”

They attribute their success to Dean Neil Braun as well, who oversaw their plans and guided their work. Phillips went on to serve as the Executive Parliamentarian of SGA, continuing her important work in representing all students at Pace.

In addition to her efforts with SGA, Phillips was also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the Law Society, and the Mock Trial team. She participated in two competitions, including the 2017 Regional competition at Fordham University where she scored an impressive 18 out of 20 points, helping the team secure a number of awards on both the defense and plaintiff sides. “This competition experience helped stimulate my interest in law,” she told us.

From there, Phillips interned at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where she assisted on a murder case before landing a coveted internship at the Executive Office of the President at the White House in Washington, DC. There, she worked for three consecutive semesters. “I gained valuable experience in management and law during these internships that I will treasure forever,” Phillips said. She has also been an election poll worker for the Board of Elections several years running, always eager to represent and encourage others to get involved.

Currently, Phillips is a student associate in Corporate at the Madison Square Garden Company, where she will be focusing her talents in process engineering. “I am proud that I got these prestigious internships through my hard work and determination. [The] possibilities are endless, and I wanted to explore what I could do,” she told us.

With skills in business and leadership as well as extensive experience in the political sphere, Phillips is clearly poised to take on what is sure to be a successful career in management. Before that, however, she was pursuing quite a different role: acting! “I played Felisa Rosetti, Gyp Rosetti’s youngest daughter on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire,” Phillips revealed. She was 14 years old at the time. “Acting is always going to be an important part of my life no matter what I choose to do,” she explained. “It is something that I have a passion for alongside the other professional acting work I have done throughout the years.”

You’ll be seeing Phillips’ name in lights—in several industries, no less!

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