L.A. & O.C. Site Visit
Welcome back from Winter Break everyone! Did you do anything exciting or fun for the holidays? Share your story with us by leaving a comment below!
Women In Business members certainly began their break with some excitement (and sun) by jetting out-of-state for the club’s annual Winter Site Visit. WIB’s Executive Board chose the greater L.A. / O.C. area based on the sheer amount of amazing companies and established UO alumni in the region, and it certainty did not disappoint in either of those two aspects. In the span of five short days, WIB members toured half a dozen different companies, met with twice as many UO almuni, got great advice and contact information from some very successful women, and even had time to squeeze in some of California’s world-renowned beaches! This trip gave our members the chance to network, to explore a variety of career opportunities in different locations, and to practice business etiquette while traveling.
All-in-all, I’d say the trip was a huge success!
If you’re not quite convinced, take a look at the site visit’s company line up: Disney, Panavision, Rose Bowl, 72andSunny, Heal The Bay, and Capital Group. This incredibly diverse range of companies ensured that there every member got something out of the experience, whether their interests are in finance or marketing or non-profit or entertainment or not even sure what their interests are. Not everyone knows which career field sparks their passion, and that’s okay! Learning about and exploring different careers is the first step in discovering that passion. Check out the description of each company visit below in order to find out what peaks your interest.
“For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world.”
WIB was invited to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank by Marisa Bravo, a UO alumni who now works as a talent recruiter for Disney. Before joining Disney’s team, Marisa worked at Warner Bro’s, Laika, Dreamworks Animation, and Google among others. She gave our group an amazing behind-the-scenes tour of the lot before sitting down with us to chat and answer any questions we had.
“Panavision. It is more than just a name. It is a 60 year legacy of technical innovation for both the company and the people who use our products. From optical specialists to camera and digital technology designers, our research and manufacturing team is second to none in pursuit of innovation and excellence that supports the creative vision of the filmmakers who use our technology.”
WIB was invited to Panavision’s headquarters in Woodland Hills by Kim Snyder, CEO of Panavision. Although Kim is not a UO alumni, she is a big fan of the Ducks considering that her daughter is currently a film student at the UO. We spent our time together by learning about the company’s history and it’s recent developments, by talking with Kim about her roles as a CEO/professional/woman/mother, and by touring the ginormous space that houses everything from manufacturing to production.
“The stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses Football Game, UCLA Bruin Football, Americafest Fourth of July celebration, concerts, religious services, filmings and the World’s Largest Flea Market (R.G. Canning).”
WIB was invited to tour the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena by Sierra Kemp , a UO alumni who now works as a Marketing and Tours Coordinator for the Rose Bowl. Sierra exclaimed that there is never a boring day at work for her because even in the off season there is always something going on, ranging from corporate conferences to Beyonce throwing a PJ party in the locker rooms. Sierra was not particularly passionate about a career in sports before she began working at the Rose Bowl but has grown increasingly fond of it over the course of her job.
“We are a global marketing, advertising and design company. A spirit of collaboration defines our culture and people.”
WIB was invited to 72andSunny’s Los Angeles office by Lexie Mark, a UO alumni who works as a talent coordinator for the company. After touring the beautiful office – which was once an functional air hangar – our group sat down with three other UO alumni and discussed their individual journeys which lead them to their current job. 72andSunny is the perfect place to work for people who enjoy being creative, who like to solve problems, and who like working in teams.
“For over 30 years, we’ve been the Southland’s strongest advocate for the ocean. But a healthy Bay requires a healthy L.A. Envisioning thriving oceans, healthy watersheds and smart water, we’re working toward a greener, bluer Los Angeles County for everyone.”
WIB was invited to Heal the Bay’s office in Los Angeles by Sarah Abramson Sikich, vice president of the company. This company visit gave our group a unique insight into the world of non-profit, a world in which Sarah says “you have to be able to wear many hats”. The company focuses it’s energy on educating people about water conservation and cleanliness, fighting for local policy change with science, and organizing fundraisers and events to fund their research and projects.
“Since 1931, Capital Group has been singularly focused on delivering superior, consistent results for long-term investors using high-conviction portfolios, rigorous research and individual accountability.”
WIB was invited to Capital Group’s headquarters in Los Angeles by Jessica Guajardo after a short tour of the campus, our group was able to speak with a diverse group of women who had been working at Capital Group for anywhere between 4 to 28 years! We all took notes on the valuable advice we received from each of these successful women and learned so much about investment firms in the process.
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS TRIP POSSIBLE!
The door for Women in Business is always open and we would love to see you at a meeting! Meetings are on Tuesdays at 6pm in Lillis 232 during the even weeks of school. All majors and interests are welcome!
Written by WIB Executive Member Abi Iliesi