Next Up Columbus 2024: Emily Mathias

Emily Mathias
Emily Mathias

Photo courtesy of Emily Mathias

Interview by Derek Grosso

Name: Emily Mathias
Age: 25
Profession: Chief of Staff at Cyrannus
Neighborhood: Lewis Center
Education: Bachelor’s in Business Management
Quote: “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary” – Harvey Specter
Connect: LinkedIn

Give us a snapshot of your path
From an early age, I was driven by a passion for performing at a very high level. I started playing Division 1 soccer for Marshall University, but unfortunately, family sickness caused me to move home. Still determined to pursue my dream of playing collegiate soccer, I continued my academic and athletic career at Capital University, where I earned my degree in Business Management.

My experience as a collegiate athlete instilled in me the values of discipline, resilience, and teamwork, which have been invaluable in my professional life. Upon graduating, I took a role as an Executive Assistant. Through hard work and dedication, I transitioned into a Chief of Staff role, quickly establishing myself as a dedicated and innovative professional.

Receiving the Columbus Young Professional Award is a testament to my hard work and dedication. This recognition motivates me to continue striving for excellence and fostering innovation.

My journey has been one of continuous learning and growth, and I look forward to the opportunities ahead with the same passion and drive.

What gets you up in the morning? And what gets you through the workweek?
What gets me up in the morning and carries me through the work week is a combination of passion, purpose, and the people around me. I am deeply passionate about what I do, and knowing that my work makes a positive impact keeps me motivated. The sense of purpose I feel from contributing to meaningful projects and seeing the results of my efforts is incredibly fulfilling.

Being a former Division 1 athlete has also given me the confidence and drive to tackle challenges head-on. The discipline, resilience, and teamwork skills I developed through athletics have been invaluable in my professional life, pushing me to strive for excellence and remain focused on my goals.

What advice or mentors have helped guide you along the way?
One of the most impactful lessons I’ve learned is about imposter syndrome. My current boss, Lee Mosbacker, once told me that everyone experiences imposter syndrome to some extent, even the most successful individuals. Understanding this has been incredibly liberating, as it reassures me that self-doubt is a common feeling and not a reflection of my abilities. This insight has empowered me to push forward with confidence, knowing that I belong in any room I step into.

What do you do or where do you go to unwind?
When I need to unwind, I enjoy a variety of activities that help me relax and recharge. Working out is a great way for me to release stress and stay healthy, and I love being outside, whether it’s going for a hike, taking a walk in the park, or simply enjoying the fresh air. I also cherish spending time with my girlfriends and family, especially during happy hour where we can catch up over some good food and drinks. Visiting the farmers market is another favorite activity, as I enjoy exploring the fresh produce and local goods. I also love to read and immersing myself in different worlds and stories is a wonderful way for me to relax and unwind.

What are a few of your favorite local spots in Columbus?
One of my favorite spots in Columbus is Kitchen Social. Before taking on my role as Chief of Staff at Cyrannus, I worked at Kitchen Social as a bartender. Kitchen Social has been named the #1 restaurant in Columbus for the last 3 years and it absolutely lives up to the hype. My other favorite spot is Forno. I LOVE a good brunch spot and they have the BEST avocado toast (and mimosas of course)

When you were a kid, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I always said I wanted to be a nurse. I was fascinated by the idea of helping people and making a difference in their lives. However, as I got older, I realized that dealing with needles and the medical aspects of nursing wasn’t going to be my thing. This realization led me to explore other paths where I could still fulfill my desire to help others and make a positive impact, ultimately guiding me to my current career.

What books or podcasts are you reading/listening to right now?
Right now, I’m immersing myself in a mix of self-help and mastery literature, as well as expanding my knowledge in the venture capital space. Currently, I’m reading “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, which offers insightful strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones, and “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, which emphasizes the importance of living in the present moment and achieving personal mastery.

What does it mean to you to be chosen for the Next Up Columbus award?
Being chosen for the Next Up Columbus award is an incredible honor and a profound validation of my efforts and contributions within the Columbus community. To me, this award represents recognition of my dedication, hard work, and commitment to making a positive impact in both my professional field and the broader community.

Receiving the Next Up Columbus award inspires me to continue pushing boundaries and striving for excellence. It motivates me to uphold the values of leadership, integrity, and community engagement, and to serve as a role model for other young professionals.

If someone were to ask you what the “pulse” of Columbus is, what would you tell them?
I would describe the “pulse” of Columbus, OH as vibrant, diverse, and forward-thinking. Columbus is a city that beautifully blends its rich history with a progressive outlook. It’s a hub of innovation and creativity, fueled by a dynamic community of professionals, entrepreneurs, and artists. The city’s thriving tech and healthcare sectors, alongside its renowned educational institutions like Ohio State University, contribute to an environment ripe for growth and opportunity.

The Next Up Columbus Awards highlight emerging leaders who are connectors and ambassadors in central Ohio and who are making a positive impact on the future of Columbus. The Columbus Young Professionals Club would like to offer special thanks to our 2024 co-presenters, Discover Financial, Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Edison Brewing Co. for their support of this year’s awards program. Meet the entire “Class of 2024” »


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