Marketing and Communications

On October 23, EHS will host our fourth annual Alumni Leadership Day. This event gives seniors an opportunity to hear from a variety of alumni regarding their respective careers.

Based on their occupation, each alumni member sits on one of eleven panels. Every senior rotates through two panels in the morning, and the day concludes with a roundtable lunch.

Read about our Marketing and Communications alumni panelists below.

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Gretchen Duff '10

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Ashley Brown '12

District Sales Manager, Southern Glazers Distributors/E&J Gallo Winery

B.A. International Business, University of Texas at Austin

When I started the job search in college, I knew I wanted to work for a larger company with international opportunities. Through the business school at UT, I learned about E&J Gallo Winery, the largest winery and largest supplier of wine in the world. I was accepted to be part of their Management Development Program, and placed to work with the distributor in Houston. Here our job is to grow the winery’s business through our grocery and restaurant customers. I’ve loved learning about the industry and the science of winemaking. My favorite part of a job in sales is that every day is different. I manage a team of 7 employees and cover around 70 grocery accounts, so I’m never sitting at a desk and get to see new people every day. I spend the majority of my time visiting accounts or training new employees. One of my greatest loves is travel, and I’m offered this opportunity as well thanks to our diversity of products from all over the world. Traits that make you prepared for a job in sales include strong time management and multitasking skills, a competitive/self-starter personality, and the ability to build strong relationships with new team members or clients.

Kaitlin McLaughlin Necas '06

Communications Office, The Fay School

BA, Psychology, Minor in Business Administration, University of Texas

MBA, University of St. Thomas

Working in Marketing and Communications is always exciting! I feel that I am in a role where you always have to grow and evolve; there is no typical day. In my current role, I am responsible for curating content that is posted on our website, social media platforms, and other marketing collaterals. Part of content curation is working with the teachers, parents, and students that attend The Fay School to showcase everything that happens within our community. In addition, I track and measure which of our efforts are effective and which are not. I also am responsible for all mass-communications that go out to anyone on behalf of The Fay School.

In my role, there is a constant juggling of different priorities and deadlines. Being able to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines is important. In addition, consistency is imperative. In everything I produce, I want to be sure that I am putting Fay’s best foot forward, as well as maintaining Fay’s brand personality throughout every marketing channel.

I started out my professional career knowing I wanted to work with children while also having the ability to be creative. After a short stint working within a classroom, I realized that although being an educator is noble work, it just was not for me (I may not be patient enough). Working at The Fay School as the Communications Officer is the best of both worlds! I am able to be creative while simultaneously collecting quotes and content from our amazing students.

My advice for someone entering this field is to find an organization that has a mission, culture, or focus that aligns with something you are passionate about. I also would encourage students that you are never too young to start making connections for post-college life. Thanks to the two weeks I spent volunteering during the Senior Outreach Program at Episcopal High School, I was able to go back to that organization (The Parish School) and get a job where I worked for five years before coming to The Fay School.

Sarah Sue Harris Zizinia '09

Department Publications Coordinator, Orthopaedic Oncology - MD Anderson Cancer Center

B.A., Mass Communication, University of South Carolina

My schedule is relatively flexible because my job is very self-driven. The core of my job is to facilitate internal and external communication efforts between my department and the institution at large. MD Anderson is a large place and amazing things happen here every day - it’s my job to highlight the accomplishments of our doctors and share inspirational stories from our patients. The job is writing intensive and my background in local media made me a good candidate for the position.