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Let's talk about mentors. I'm a big proponent of hustling and carving your own way, but I'm also a huge advocate for cultivating mentor relationships. I like to think of my life as a garden, and while I ultimately get to decide which seeds to plant, mentors have given me invaluable advice on how to achieve the tastiest vegetables. Pictured above are two of my mentors, Jen and Paula, at an Anderson x Disney mixer we helped co-host. They're both Anderson alumni and current Disney cast members who have helped shape my career into what it is today. Jennifer Roth Dickerson (FEMBA '12): Jen entered my life while I was only a first year and she's been an amazing mentor and friend. She helped me secure my internship and resulting full-time job, gave me advice on how to navigate the landscape here at Disney, and it's been great to see how our relationship has developed. I'm extremely grateful to have her as a part of my circle, and we still regularly meet for happy hour or lunches. Paula McMahon (EMBA '12): Paula is a VP at DI Media and we were paired up when I first started. Sometimes paired mentor relationships can fizzle out, but we're actually very compatible, and she's given me everything from emotional guidance to great pieces of advice. One of the earliest (but one of the most impactful) nuggets of wisdom she gave me was when she told me to fly up to SF to visit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
Fun fact: I actually became a "fake FEMBA" and started my full-time job at Disney before I graduated. Although it was hard balancing both work and school (I don't know how FEMBAs do it!), I couldn't pass up my dream job. So what do I do? My job title is Marketing and Operations Manager and I work within Disney Interactive Media. Disney Interactive Media provides Disney fans with new ways to experience their favorite stories and characters through various digital platforms. Currently, my main responsibilities include managing the Disney, Star Wars and Babble brand guides, marketing efforts for DI Media's suite of mobile apps and our team's budget and analytics Recently, I've helped launch two new apps- Disney GIF and the official Star Wars App. App launches are always one of the most exhilarating experiences- you work behind the scenes to put everything together and it's thrilling once the product is in someone's hands and you're able to see their responses to it. And, both of these apps are so different that each had it's own set of quirks and learnings. Disney GIF: Disney GIF is a messaging keyboard that allows people to express their emotions in a whole new way and send GIFs to their friends and family. This app is constantly adding more content and it has a wide range of IP including Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. I work very closely with mobile product, content programming, and synergy for this app to make sure everyone is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at The MBA Student Voice
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