Posted by Pree Walia on June 03, 2018 at 12:08 AM
My name is Tugba Rona, and I will be interning at Preemadonna this summer. I am starting my Full-Time MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in the fall. I was actually born and raised around the Bay Area (specifically Palo Alto and San Jose) though I’m Turkish so I’m especially excited to be returning this summer after 8 years on the East Coast! I am truly looking forward to joining the dynamic and passionate Preemadonna team as they build more great products like the Nailbot. I am especially excited to learn how to navigate Silicon Valley from the expert herself, Pree!
I started my career in Investment Banking and gravitated towards the Consumer / Retail sector because I love working with products and understanding drivers of consumer decision-making. Most recently, I gained operating experience in the beauty industry through working at a high-growth cosmetics brand. I am honored to be contributing to Preemadonna’s mission of empowering girls and women to learn STE(A)M and express themselves through creative platforms. I believe in creating products that give women the confidence to feel smart and beautiful. When I first heard about Preemadonna, I was very intrigued by how Preemadonna blends technology with consumer. I aspire to learn how to innovate within the Consumer Technology space. I also feel strongly about community-building and mentorship, having been a Big Sister for several years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.
I developed my passion for the beauty and fashion industry over many years! As an ungraduate student at Princeton, I actually modeled for the Sustainable Fashion Initiative (SFI). In my free time now, I enjoy running, hiking, dancing, practicing yoga, traveling, exploring new coffee shops, going to live music venues and sampling desserts.