Following ROTC at The College of William & Mary, I spent four years in the US Army split mostly between Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and Kandahar, Afghanistan. During this time, my primary roles were Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, both in an Infantry Company. After leaving the service, I moved to Missouri to get an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis. While in business school, I completed a summer marketing internship with Nestlé Purina and was fortunate enough to receive a full-time offer. Following graduation, I began as a Marketing Associate on the Pro Plan® Brand Team in June 2015. Brand Management is constantly evolving, which means I am doing something different every day. My current role includes many facets, but some of the more significant ones include digital media execution, leading brand operating planning, managing the brand budget, and leading analytics.
In transitioning out of the military, I utilized business school as a stepping stone to open new doors in the civilian world. For me, it was the perfect way to add business acumen to the skills I developed in the Army. Experience in the military helps to build a valuable skillset that is hard to replicate, yet gaps when transitioning to the business world do exist. Some of the larger obstacles include needing to build a knowledge base around business terminology and processes, as well as adapting to a world that is increasingly digital.