Why did you choose Drexel University?
My mentor went to Drexel and she only had great things to say about it. When I went to visit I fell in love with the Campus, and being from a small town, Center City Philly was a huge draw for me.
Why did you choose Design & Merchandising?
I interned for a wedding Dress designer in high school and realized then that I didn't want to be a fashion designer, but I loved the business aspect.
What was your favorite class and how did it affect your journey?
International Business. Working internationally was always something I wanted to do as I have a love for both travel and of different cultures. Going into sourcing and product development professionally has allowed me to travel the world sourcing apparel and home products. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many interesting places for business, including China, India, Vietnam, South Africa, Korea, and Taiwan—to name a few.
How was your Co-op experience?
Design & Merchandising professor Anne Cecil helped me get an interview with AMC (Associated Merchandising Corp), which later became Target Sourcing Services in New York City. AMC did sourcing and product development for many large retailers and department stores. I Co-oped in the TJX Home department and loved it. That's when I found my passion in sourcing and product development. Before graduation, I was offered a job there to do private label development in the Bloomingdales Men's area, which launched by career in sourcing.
What do you currently do professionally?
I work at Macy's Inc. in the Global Business Partners division and I manage the Home division for all outside clients. I am also head of private label sourcing for Macy's Backstage. My classes and major at Drexel set the foundation for my career. Retail math, color, and international business classes were all very helpful.
Any advice for D&M students?
Take your Co-op seriously, work hard, and keep networking. Working hard during my Co-op got me my first job, which led to a promotion and traveling the world before the age of 25.