Naila Jahan is a rising senior at Middlebury College interested in the intersection of style, design, and business. Hailing from New York City, Naila admits she is not the most comfortable out and about in nature, but values its beauty and is pursuing a major in Environmental Economics. She is the Operations Manager of Crossroads Cafe, as well as an Associate at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.
This spring, Naila worked as Cerebella's Sustainability Intern, focusing on ways to assess, develop, and implement thoughtful business practices that prioritize environmental impact. From material sourcing and digital printing to product delivery, Naila evaluated all aspects of Cerebella to define our "Staples of Sustainability".
Hi! I’m Naila and I was an intern at Cerebella Design this past spring. Before anything else, I have to say thank you to Ariele for welcoming me on board to SS Cerebella. Accepting someone to work beside you on an idea that has grown and thrived underneath your watchful eye alone since its start is a very difficult thing to do. That is why I am very grateful that Ariele gave me the opportunity to work with her for a short while on Cerebella Design. I know that this is her baby and who ever wants anyone else poking around their baby?
As an Environmental Economics major but also someone who is interested in style and design, I was very excited to hear that Ariele wanted me to work on sustainability at CD. It is a line of work I hope to pursue in the future and Ariele was open to me working on whatever had the most appeal to me. Working for CD has been a very unique process because a startup where the founder is the only team member is not your everyday work experience. One of my favorite parts of working at CD was having long discussions with Ariele where we bounced ideas back and forth, sifting through every nook and cranny of how Cerebella works in order to determine what we could do to make it better (and more sustainable). A few of these conversations eventually led to our Staples of Sustainability concept, which I hope you’ll take a moment to check out later this week!
I am looking forward to taking the things I have learned from Ariele and Cerebella and applying them to a startup of my own one day. Thank you for an awesome experience this spring, Cerebella Design!