Melanie ditched the well-worn path of business school to explore a new stage of her career with Ei, which fell graciously at the intersection of education and design. Using the first term to help develop Ei’s systems and strategies, she pitched Chicago Ideas Week and Stanford d.School. She also partnered with our connectors at gravitytank to create the initial prototypes for Ei’s first product offering, Leap Kit. During her spring and summer terms, she fully immersed herself in projects with Dalberg Impact Group based in New York. Those projects led her to Asia twice – collaborating on sustainable development initiatives in Vietnam and on a microfinance project with the World Bank in Bangalore, India. For the previous six years, Melanie had studied design and learning, but this year was all about living it.