Megan Piro '08 and Emily Rodney '09
Employees of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
- By Megan Morley Thomas
Michelle McGuirk O'Connor ’86 was hired as as one of the first employees of Martha Stewart Living and would spend the next 13 years there as it turned into a billion-dollar, multimedia giant. After a leave, she returned in 2010 to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as home director of integrated sales. She was pleasantly surprised at the number of new and creative employees including two young alums of the University of Vermont.
Emily Rodney, a 2009 graduate of Community Development and Applied Economics, was hired as a sales development assistant and now works as production associate in Creative Services. Megan Piro, a 2008 graduate of the School of Business Administration, works at (MSLO) as a digital ad sales associate.
Says Rodney: "It's always been a dream to work at MSLO."
The Martha Connection
Two other UVM alums worked at MSLO before McGuirk O’Connor returned and prior to the arrival of Piro and Rodney. The odds of these alums all working at MSLO within a few years of each other seem slim, but as business and social networking sites liked LinkedIn, Facebook and UVM alumni networking sites like UVM Connection have evolved, so has the likelihood of alumni helping each other land jobs.
Rodney recalls well the networking process that helped her to land her job. “I was looking for something more permanent and also in the media world, so I went through UVM's alumni website and did some research,” she says. “I noticed Vanessa Blaber '08 on the site and that she worked at Martha Stewart...I got in touch with her via LinkedIn and she told me she was going to Virgin Atlantic. I set up an interview with her boss that coming Tuesday, and on Friday I got the offer to become a full-time employee at MSLO in their marketing department.”
Piro remembers a supportive academic community as she began her job search. “Rocki Lee DeWitt (former dean of the School of Business Administration) probably helped me the most while I was at UVM and really encouraged me to reach out to alumni, set up informational interviews, read industry news and attend relevant panels and discussions that the school held,” Piro says. “I also was close with [professors] at the time who all helped in my career path, either introducing me to alumni, aiding me in landing internships, or allowing me to do independent studies my senior year, which enabled me to get additional real-world experience while I was still in school.”
“There’s a lot of good young talent [at MSLO] and quite a few people who have been here since the beginning,” says McGuirk O’Connor, who recently attended her 25th reunion at UVM. “I’m so pleased UVM is turning out these wonderful graduates who are so professional and together. Emily and Megan have already made an impact here and will do very well. They really are superstars.”