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Feb 21 2017
Leslie Alore, BBA-MGT '08, MBA '14
By: MiVida Burrus Category: Alumni

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I caught up with Leslie Alore this month, and it was no easy task.  Leslie has been very busy since her recent graduation from Walsh College, but she agreed to answer a few questions for me! Like many of our alumni, Leslie answered my "fast five" and shared her upcoming events.

Here is our interview:

Thank you, Leslie, for agreeing to answer these questions for me:

 

Leslie: Your timing is really great because I’ve got a lot of good stuff going on right now.

How did Walsh College help/influence you?/What the best thing you learned from Walsh College? I was really inspired by my professors, who were not only working professionals but had also earned meaningful distinctions in their field (not just academic). They were active in their careers and building upon their experiences while sharing their knowledge and experience with me as a student. Not only did this add credibility to their position as subject matter experts, but it set an example for me and has really been a defining factor in my own approach to my career.

Why would you encourage people to attend Walsh College? There are so many reasons to choose Walsh, and the value it brings really depends on the individual circumstance of the student. Personally, I learned after attending a major university that the large-school environment was not how I learned best. I am also someone who likes to connect theory to reality so that what I’m learning is more tangible. The small class sizes and the practical subject matter delivered by active career professionals really hit home for me. I was also fortunate enough to get a job in my field very early on in my educational journey, so very soon after starting at Walsh I started appreciating the evening and online classes. I got both my undergrad and graduate degrees at Walsh, and I would have never made it through grad school and achieved what I was able to in my career if it was not for the flexibility offered by Walsh and my professors.

What is the best business advice you have ever received?/ What advice would you give a new alum or current student? Strive to find love in what you do. If you don’t love learning it, you probably won’t love doing it. I loved school because I loved what I was learning, and that translated into a love of my job and my career. I know better than to take it for granted because before I chose Walsh, I was in engineering school. I didn’t love it, and I’m glad I made the choice to make a change, as hard as it was at the time.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? I don’t think there’s one right answer to this because it really depends on the leadership situation. If I had to choose one thing I would say all leaders should embrace the principles of servant leadership. A leader is only as effective as his ability to support the followers. I really do believe that being a leader is a service and a responsibility, so you need to understand and revere the impact your have on your stakeholders.

What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today? Balancing priorities and the needs of different stakeholders is a huge challenge, but I suspect it always has been. Today’s world of content proliferation means access to a lot of good information….and not so good information. It can be hard to weed through the "noise." Everyone has access to a wider network of information and peers, which means leaders have more support than ever before (great), but they also have more visibility, more opinions, and more judgment cast upon them (not always so great).

Other info you may find interesting about me…

• In addition to my role as the director of global marketing operations for Iron Mountain, I am the managing partner of a marketing consulting firm called DemandStack, which I do on the side.

• I recently joined the Demand Gen Report Editorial Advisory Board.

• This week, I was listed by FlipMyFunnel as a top Female Marketing Technologist to watch.

• I’ve just been named one of the Top 33 Marketing Ops Game Changers by a panel of industry leaders in marketing

• I speak at professional marketing and international business conferences from time to time. Next week, I will be speaking at the B2B Marketing Exchange Conference.

 

If you can’t tell, my career isn’t just my job, it’s also my extracurricular activity because I love it!


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