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Alumni Spotlight: Elisabeth Gil, Class of 2015

What’s happening in your career right now?

I’m currently the Global Sales Operations Manager for June Jacobs which is an upscale spa collection that sells skin and hair care products. In this position, I work with the country, regional, and global teams to define, launch, and drive the global sales operations. I also ensure accuracy in sales reporting, maximize order fill rates, and resolve order volumes between the forecast and actual sales orders.

Describe the path you took to get to this position.

During my time at LIM, I had eight internships. They were diverse, beginning with web design and then moving into the luxury wholesale market, which is where I learned all of the basic skills I still use today. I took one of my later internships in PR and then another at a newspaper — turns out that wasn't for me, so I went back to the showroom setting, but this time my role ended up encompassing a more operational focus rather than sales. I fell in love with the behind-the-scenes operations and from then on I knew that I wanted to combine that with my knowledge of sales.

Any LIM memories you’d like to share?

My first favorite memory at LIM was living in the residence hall, which is where, on the very first day, I met the people whom I still call my best friends today. We have graduated from excited freshmen to full-fledged adults with successful jobs in the industry. It is truly magnificent to be surrounded by friends who not only understand your professional life, but also share the same passions and support one another.

I also remember the Microsoft Excel course. Time and time again I stress the importance of this skill in the workplace, no matter what your path may be. I use Excel every day in my career and I wouldn't be able to do so with such ease and success if I hadn’t taken that course.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in the industry? 

Remember to network, specifically, LinkedIn is your best friend. Also, don't lose sight of the big picture, be courageous and passionate, and always give a firm handshake.