After you get to know Ariel, meet Erica Smith, Maria Jia Ling Pitt, Shari Brown, Emily Zirimis, Kate Barnett, Elizabeth Tamkin, Quazzy, Leandra Medine (the woman who founded this website), Amelia Diamond, Harling Ross, Yvonne Dunlevie, Jay Buim, Haley Nahman, Patty Carnevale, Jasmin Aujla, Matt Little and Leslie Price.
You’re the Director of Brand Partnerships! What does that mean and what do you do?
I work closely with Patty and the Integrated Marketing team to create and secure partnerships with brands we love!
Where were you before this/doing what?
I was on Hearst’s corporate sales team working with their top fashion advertisers across multiple magazines and websites. I worked closely with all of the amazing and iconic brands within the Hearst portfolio while partnering with advertisers on huge, expansive marketing programs. It was surreal at times, working with some of the top names in the biz, and I will forever be grateful for that experience.
What did you go to school for?
I studied sociology and communications which you can probably tell immediately when you meet me as I never stop talking or asking questions.
How did you get started at Man Repeller?
I think I was always destined to work at Man Repeller! I had a few discussions with the team about a year ago, but the timing was off. Fast forward to after I’d left my job at Hearst and was traveling in India (a self-proclaimed sabbatical of sorts), where I ended up reconnecting with MR from afar. This time, the stars aligned. I felt so lucky!
Favorite part of your job?
I’m so jazzed up to be a part of a small company that you can see growing right before your eyes. I love that every single person at MR is working towards the same goal. There is this underlying sense of camaraderie as a result. There is also a tremendous amount of opportunity at Man Repeller, especially with brand partnerships. We are just scratching the surface right now! BIG things to come!
Least favorite part of your job?
Realizing the outfit you are wearing went out of style two days ago…womp, womp.
What’s one thing that surprised you in your path up until now?
I never wanted to listen when people told me things happens for a reason. Now I understand that it’s important to trust in the process and let go a little. Things have a way of working out.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Happy. Centered. Grounded.
What’s one piece of advice you can offer to someone who wants a job like yours?
Be patient and listen. Most people in this industry have put years of hard work and dedication into getting where they are today. Things don’t happen overnight but persistence pays off. Find a brand or company you are passionate about and absorb everything you possibly can about it. When it’s the right time to move, you’ll know.
What’s one piece of advice you have for someone who has no clue what they want to do?
My mother always told me to try everything you can, from internships to summer jobs to informal interviews. At the very least, you can check them off your list. Knowing what you don’t want to do is just as important as the opposite.
Tell me something weird about you.
I am obsessed with sloths. So much so that I received the same exact Sloth in a Box stuffed animal kit as a gift from my partner and sister in the same year. It was a complete coincidence but extremely telling.