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    Emma Lishness, 26
    Manager of Marketing and Communications

    Nearing graduation from Cape
    Elizabeth High in 2004, Emma
    Lishness undertook an ambitious
    Senior Transition Project – promoting
    the creation of bike lanes on narrow
    Mitchell and Shore roads.

    The lane idea didn’t come to fruition, but
    Lishness succeeded in raising awareness
    of an alternative form of transportation
    and of biking safety issues. The project is
    an early example of the drive and talent
    that contributed to Lishness’s selection as
    a Forty Under 40 honoree.

    Lishness, 26, became manager of
    marketing and communications
    at Tilson, a Portland-based IT and
    telecommunications consulting firm,
    in January of 2011. There, says one of
    her award nominators, “She leverages
    traditional methods and social media to
    promote Tilson’s work.

    “But what really sets her apart from her
    peers and co-workers is how she does her
    work and engages in her community,â€Â
    says Jessica Esch of United Way of
    Greater Portland. “Emma understands
    the value of relationships and expertly
    wields her network to connect people,
    ideas and issues.â€Â

    Lishness is playing a key role
    at Tilson: The company has
    demonstrated exponential growth
    in recent years, recognized by Inc.
    in 2011, having shown 260 percent
    growth over the last three years.

    In the words of Tilson president
    Joshua Broder, “Emma has taken
    the art of earning media to the
    next level. She has successfully
    engaged with a local and national
    audience on a range of complicated
    technology projects with significant
    public policy and public good
    implications, particularly in the areas
    of educational technology, broadband
    expansion, and rural economic

    “Emma has given the public and
    Tilson’s clients clear, accessible
    windows into the innovation
    economy infrastructure projects
    around them.â€Â

    Lishness volunteers for United
    Way, serves on the board of PROPEL
    and the events committee for the
    Gourmet Gala for Gary’s House, and
    is assistant chair of the Junior League
    of Portland’s PR Council.

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