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Alumni Spotlight: Marena Dobrolsky (’12)

Marena gained more than just marketing and retail experience during her time at LIM College. She also picked up “soft skills”—such as time management and a commitment to professionalism—which have helped her in both her corporate job and in her role as the owner of an activewear business.

There’s a lot happening in your career. Can you first tell us about your corporate job?
I work for Bed Bath & Beyond Corporate as a Merchandise Planner for Christmas Tree Shops. I develop preseason category level sales and inventory plans by analyzing historical data and partnering with buyers on future trends. In-season, my department is responsible for managing the Open to Buy.

You’re also co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of a clothing company. Tell us about that.
Our startup launched in 2017. ThickSet Threads encourages people to be happy and healthy in their own skin by supporting active lifestyles. I’m in charge of inventory and financials for the business.

How would you describe your career path?
My career path has been challenging but rewarding. In 2012, after my Senior Co-op, I landed my job with Bed Bath & Beyond. I started as an assistant and got promoted to Planner in 2014. Along the way, I learned how to take constructive criticism and how to be flexible.

How did your LIM College education help prepare you for your career?
My LIM professors taught us important time management skills, which you must have in the real world. My Senior Co-op internship professor was a great role model and helped advise me in my decision to take my job in retail. My manager during that internship also helped me solidify my interpersonal skills and professionalism.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I work hard when I'm at work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and I leave on time, unless I have a big project. I do not bring work stress home. In my spare time, I run my company and I work out about five times a week. I also love spending time with my family and French bulldog Milo!

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in your field?
Be persistent, professional and never stop hustling.