Celebrating Women's History Month-Meet Our Membership Director, Taryn Wise !

Wed, February 28, 2024 5:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Taryn Wise - Membership Director

Speed Round Questions

College major? Marketing

Favorite summer job/internship? I had an internship in college where I worked for a fashion merchandising company supporting some of their clothing brands at Dillard’s and Von Maur. It was such an eye-opening experience as a soon-to-be graduate to learn all about the beginning of the e-commerce world.

Favorite Quote/Mantra? Embrace the journey, trust the process.”

App you can’t live without? LinkedIn. I use this every day in my job and networking with fellow AWT members.

Hobby you’d like to explore more? I’ve been learning French this year and getting involved in the French community in Austin. 


What do you believe are the biggest challenges facing women in the workforce today?

TW: Key challenges for women in the workforce include gender pay gaps, lack of representation in leadership roles and balancing career and family responsibilities. Addressing these issues requires ongoing efforts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.  

What technological advances are you most excited about? 

TW: I think the most exciting technology advances are the developments in AI, quantum computing and advancements in renewable energy. These innovations have the potential to reshape various industries and positively impact our daily lives.

What advice would you give to your younger self, and to young women getting their first full time position?

TW: I like this question! I’ve been sharing this with a lot of younger folks as some great guidelines for someone starting their first full-time position, I'd recommend:

  1. Learn Continuously: Stay curious and be open to learning. Embrace new challenges and seek opportunities for professional development.
  2. Build Relationships:  Cultivate positive relationships with colleagues. Networking can open doors and create a supportive work environment.
  3. Communicate Effectively: Clear communication is crucial. Listen actively, express your ideas confidently, and seek feedback to improve.
  4. Time Management: Develop effective time management skills. Prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  5. Adaptability: Be adaptable and open to change. The professional landscape evolves, and flexibility is a valuable trait.

About the Author: Leslie M. Dill is a seasoned marketing professional with experience spanning over four industries. Leslie holds a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Creighton University and is currently Department Manager at the University of Texas at Austin. Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn

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