This month, I’ll be featuring a new series that I’ve appropriately deemed “Who? What? Wear?” Get it? It’s a play on words! I’ll be featuring different women in my company that I admire both personally and professionally. These women will also be sharing advice for new consultants and giving style tips for young women who are starting their professional careers and need some guidance on how to appropriately stock their wardrobes.
Erin is a 20-something mobility consultant, who (after a brief stint in retail), joined itelligence’s consultant training program upon graduation from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in Marketing. During college, she had a publicity internship in NYC with St. Martens Press and her first role in the company was as a DSD consultant (Direct Store Delivery, basically the first mobile solution for the consumer goods industry).
I went ahead and asked Erin a few questions. Let’s see what she has to say!
Any must-have wardrobe essentials? Self-proclaimed accessory hoarder…. Chunky necklaces and bangles are a must. And cardigans. And blazers. Statement necklaces are important and I chose one for my look because sometimes when you are in a professional setting you feel like you can’t express yourself, but jewelry is an easy way to bring your personality out!
Erin is also a sucker for a colorful blazer and a slim pencil skirt (as seen in the photos).
How would you describe your style? Classic with some trendy edge.
What are your go-to stores for “work wear?” Nordstrom and Ann Taylor Loft
Do you have any advice for young consultants? Never say no to an opportunity even if it’s not necessarily an area you know something about. Also, and this is something that get’s preached to us all the time, if you don’t know the answer, don’t make one up.
Do you have any advice for young women starting their professional careers? When I started, I was the only girl in our TPS group [the former name of itelligence’s training program] and I had to work extra hard to gain credibility and respect. Young women always need to assert themselves more than they think.
Why do you do what you do? What motivates you? Part of me is a little bit of a nerd. I love innovation. I am so interested in mobility and am addicted to “Fast Company [a business and innovation magazine].” I enjoy learning about how creative people do things. This is the area where I feel like I’m never going to be re-doing something and that’s exciting! Being a younger woman in a male-dominated field, maybe it’s my competitive nature, but I enjoy the challenge.
Do you have a role model or mentor that has helped you throughout your career? What do you look for in a strong leader? When I was just starting out, a Platinum SD Consultant took me under his wing. He took the time to explain the business processes and gave me my own assignments, so that I felt like I was actually responsible for something. A strong leader exhibits the ability and willingness to collaborate. I think it’s important for leaders to not only assert themselves, but listen and invite other people’s opinions.
Any fun facts? I was a VIP guest on the Today Show once for their summer concert series and No Doubt was playing. We made it on perezenhilton.com in the back of the video shoot!
Ok, I’m officially jealous.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully in a management role, whether it be managing a team or something else, but definitely still within the innovation area.
Anything else we should know about you? You can contact me at Erin.firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in mobility, wearables or where I got my necklace!
Thanks Erin for being my first victim… ahemm I mean feature.