“Hustle and heart”: a former coach instilled this mantra into me, and I have yet to go back. Today, I lead by accountability, attitude, and work ethic. More specifically, I blend the following:
- Lead by example: actions reflect how I’m not afraid to go the extra mile and take extra steps for demonstrating the level of effort and positive attitude needed to do my part, achieve targets, and motivate others.
- Lead by delegating: when working in a group, I level-set by aligning team members with their strengths for not only most productivity but also maximum enjoyment. I hope for everyone to feel as if they’re a part of something bigger than themselves for more engagement and investment.
I control my effort and choose my outlook, enjoying the journey by working with people who challenge and uplift me. Driven by passion, I find thrill in challenges with overcoming learning curves and facing unexpected curve balls.
What keeps me going is my love for the process for what they teach me along the way.
What i bring to the table
- I come with experiences on the buying side of the retail business and former work in designer collaborations through my major and Synergy Fashion Group. Today, I guide tactile and creative teams, such as at UDRESS, with my execution background to improve accessibility of fashion merchandise.
- Past experiences involve work with DTC (summer ’20 brand management intern at Suitably), B2B (spring ’21 marketing intern at SouthHaus), mentoring with Christian Dior Couture (Women@Dior ’21-’22 Mentee for the Americas) soft lines (c/o May ’22 apparel merchandising major at Univ. of Delaware), and hard lines (summer ’21 buying office intern at Kohl’s Corporate: allocation and replenishment focuses in inventory management).
- Additional offerings include launching WordPress websites, using Kp2 inventory management system, and identifying sales trends in Excel files & Big Data.
Contributions i see myself making in the industry
Work with the website for UDRESS, success with the Fashion Scholarship Fund, and proposals for Horn Entrepreneurship demonstrate my “intrapreneurial” spirit. I push for reinventing ourselves to present fresh perspectives and open doors to new opportunities.
I learn towards objective information but carve out spaces for all voices before making decisions. My passion lies in bringing teams together to solve problems and deliver on short and long-term goals.
Attributes: my inquisitive nature
- Lifelong Learner: I love the process of overcoming learning curves to figure something out. The enjoyment comes from the journey itself, as I set goals and plan a path to reach my North Star. Reaching the destination comes with pulling away a breadth of knowledge and skills essential for personal and/or professional growth. A lifelong learner also comes hand-in-hand with being eternally curious. Growing up, I felt out-of-place in school, since I was usually called-out by teachers for my countless questions. My inquisitive nature, I realize, turns out to be a blessing in disguise for me feel fulfilled by digging deeper beyond the surface level.
- Thoughtful: I’ve never been one to assume something “just happens”; once I become invested in something, I then adjust my journey and align my experiences to reflect my goal, knowing to be patient and flexible to change my path when necessary.
- Independent Explorer: always willing to step out of my comfort zone, I find myself comfortable with being uncomfortable. Visiting South Korea in 2018, I became excited over trying new foods, immersing myself in the local environment, and pivoting away from touristy attractions.
- Coachable: I value feedback, always hungry to become the best version of myself, and look up to those once in my shoes. Growth is a continuous journey for me to listen, apply, improve then lead others.
- Intrapreneurial: “what’s missing?” and “what’s next?” are the first questions I ask for finding white space, filling gaps, and/or making trade-offs.
- Culturally-Driven: I hope to never lose sight of music and art: what brings me joy and influences how I see the world. Despite my execution mindset, I appreciate the beauty and balance in creative work that shed a light on the people around us.
Skills: a BIG-PICTURE, STRATEGY-ORIENTED mindset
- Public Speaking: an energetic extrovert, I love the challenge adjusting my verbal and non-verbal cues for my audience. Crowds, albeit intimidating at times, excite me more so for how I can add a personal touch or influence a large group. Pitching 2x to Horn Entrepreneurship tested how I can create compelling yet concise messages, while leaving room for a call to action.
- Market Research: starting broad then going narrow, I first pull data of macro trends (e.g., using NPD) to glimpse at snapshots of the market’s challenges and trends. At Kohl’s Corporate, I looked at NPD to see the company’s competitive positioning at the brand, product, and TTL chain levels.
- Allocation and Replenishment Practices: interning at Kohl’s Corporate, I analyzed historical sales to see where we could push and pull our inventory. Metrics include digital penetration, sales units and $ (e-comm & B&M), and sell-thru rates. Sliced and diced data by day/month/year, brand, item, and category.
- Assortment Building: while at Kohl’s Corporate, I had to question not only what our assortment lacks but also whether we need to remove or swap out items to make room for newness. Besides trade-offs, I reviewed pricing structures, aesthetics, functionality, and name brand for the key-item business (interned for kitchen electrics summer ’21).
- Project Management: passing on the technical side of udress.com to a comp-sci student, I proposed for me to serve as the website coordinator. Currently, I align the technical side of the website with the creative/editorial teams for everyone to align on next steps and what’s needed from both parties.
- Brand Management: interning at Suitably during summer 2020, I helped brainstorm merchandising and experiential initiatives that demonstrated our brand essence. A workwear brand, Suitably faced the challenge of adjusting offerings to the start of WFH and long-term casualization. We then leveraged our year-long value proposition and supporting points of mentorship and career building for female professionals.