NDSU Alumni Career Advice

Annie Wood
Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations & Advertising, Master of Science in Educational Leadership
Position: Director of Community Programs
Company: Emerging Prairie
Location: Fargo, ND


Why did you choose to work for Emerging Prairie?

Emerging Prairie is an organization that I believe is positively impacting our community and is a thought-leader for the region in how to support entrepreneurs.

What do you love most about Emerging Prairie?

It’s a young and nimble organization willing to take risks and create new possibilities.

Describe your job and responsibilities.

I run a co-working space, The Prairie Den. I handle all of the memberships, day-to-day operations, and event rentals. I also manage the Emerging Prairie Den by coaching them and supporting them. In addition, I create and run a variety of programs, including programming for interns, founders of companies, meet up groups, and TEDxFargo

What skills are necessary for your position?

Communication Skills
Interpersonal Skills
Project Management Skills

What is the most challenging part of your job, and how do you overcome it?

Emerging Prairie is pioneering much of the work we do as we professionalize ecosystem building. It’s a challenge to do what’s never been done before. To overcome this, we look to different arenas and think about how concepts can be applied to the work we do. For example, how do universities build great communities and how can we apply those concepts to Fargo as a city?

What is an average work day like for you?

There is no average work day! My days often involve meeting with people, connecting people, planning events, creating programs, looking at data, and learning more about a whole host of topics that relate to the work I do.

What advice do you have for someone aspiring to work in your field?

The job I have didn’t exist two years ago. Most of you will have jobs in your lives that currently don’t exist. Plan for possibility and build your skill set so that you have transferrable skills.

What’s the best way to network with people in your field?

Show up. Count yourself in. Add value to others. Ask “How can I help?” Build relationships.

What is one career-related tip you have for students?

Read “The Go-Giver.” It will change your outlook on what it means to have a career.

By Lindsay Campbell
Lindsay Campbell Career Peer Lindsay Campbell