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ATM Alumni Spotlight


Alumni Alissa Leach

Year Graduated: 2016

Major: Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising

Minor: Apparel Design

Where you interned and what is the most important thing you learned there: Maurice’s in Ellensburg- the most important thing I learned was how to interview potential new hires and lead a team. Gaining the skills to interview helped me have a deeper understanding of what I would look for in a team member, how to ask the right questions and dig deeper. As a more introverted personality I learned how to use my strengths when leading team members- leading with humility, staying curious and connected to team members, and focusing on what matters.

Where you currently work: Zulily

Job Title: Associate Buyer

If you could sum up your job in 7 sentences, what would it be: Collaborating cross divisionally within the company to run story-telling events through top sellers at Zulily. Planning events 3 months ahead-predicting trends through last year sales, pulsing the market, and analyzing WBR data. Sending weekly reports of team performance- total demand per vendor, taking on vendor ownership to grow YoY, and assisting in setting weekly demand. Presenting to company leaders for quarterly campaigns and team projects. Monthly collaboration and mood boards for the next month’s events- coming with ideas and inspiration. Assisting with on boarding and training new team members and continually helping with their education for the job, career growth, and overall company knowledge.

Biggest advice for ATM students: The ATM program gives you the education and tools to transition into the industry with a deeper knowledge than most others- take the opportunity to invest in your education and fully commit. You are your own best advocate, so raise your hands, showcase your accomplishments and wins, and ask a million questions! 

Advice for those going into the Fashion industry:  It took me 3 jobs to find the right fit- be patient and focus on having a growth mindset learning what you can where you are. Drive your career and work forward with your own initiative.

Final Thoughts: The industry is a small world and I run into ATM alumni’s all the time. Keep your connections from CWU as well as any job you take because you never know who can assist in getting you hired or promoted! Focus on the big picture and what drives progress for yourself and whatever company you work for. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!

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