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Wildcats@Work with Emily McSherry

Emily McSherry '15 graduated with a double major in business management and entrepreneurship. She puts her business knowledge to work as a program manager for client success at the Business Talent Group. Emily is also the president and co-founder of the Wildcat Business Network, a professional network for UA graduates in the Los Angeles area.

What is your current job and what are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I'm currently a program manager on the client success team at Business Talent Group, a marketplace that connects the Fortune 1000 with top independent management consultants, experts, and former industry executives to help solve their biggest business challenges.

My day-to-day includes meeting with senior executives to understand what they need help with, identifying and assessing potential candidates who could do the work, and working cross-functionally with legal, sales, procurement, and finance teams to compliantly and effectively get consultants on the ground. Prior to this role, I was on the client development team and was responsible for training, developing, and managing our associates and bringing in new business.

How did your time at the UA prepare you to make networking connections and be successful as a professional?
In Los Angeles, I co-founded a group called the Wildcat Business Network, which is an organization that brings UA business-focused alumni together in the LA area to network and give back to the community.

Attending the UA has helped me meet people both inside and outside of work in ways that I would not have been able to do otherwise, which has led to great friendships, business partners, and even co-workers at my current job. I have to give specific credit to Eller for expanding my interest in business and the McGuire program for enabling me to explore my entrepreneurial and creative side.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?
There are two pieces of advice that I think about often. The first is that "your career is not a ladder, but a blend of experiences. You will probably end up someplace you could not have predicted and that's okay."

The second is that "it is essential to pay attention and build relationships everywhere you go. The biggest asset and opportunity you have at your current job is to have real conversations and build real relationships with your co-workers."