One of the best things about the Sauder School of Business is the access it provides to a network of global industry leaders. For proof, just ask Christine Freight.
Christine, a 2012 graduate of UBC’s MM program at the Sauder School of Business, works as an account executive in the active cosmetics division of L’Oreal. She oversees the territory of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and manages the sales of Vichy, one of the company’s global cosmetic brands. The job involves looking after a territory of stores, visiting retailers and handling long-term strategic planning, forecasting, events and promotions.
“A lot of what I do is to cultivate relationships with the in-store teams, including front store managers, and cosmetic teams,” says Christine. “I represent the brand and manage the business behind it.”
And how did Christine obtain this exciting and challenging position in the world’s largest cosmetics company? She says much of the credit should go to Jeff Balin, Carly Boettcher and the team of advisors at Sauder’s Hari B. Varshney Business Careers Centre (BCC).
“I owe a lot to the BCC for getting this job,” says Christine. “They forwarded the posting to me in the first place because they knew me well, they knew what I was looking for and they thought it would be a good fit for me.”
Jeff Balin then put Christine in touch with Nathalia Del Moral Fleury, a 2011 graduate of the MM program who worked at L’Oreal’s head office.
“I was able to connect with her via Skype,” adds Christine. “Being able to talk to her to understand the culture of the company and ask questions about what it’s like to work there was a huge help. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without Sauder. It was so valuable.”
Christine says that the she is making good use of the skills she learned during the MM program in her new role. These include strategic management, finance, marketing, human resources, information technology, leadership and negotiations. She remembers her year at Sauder as intense and fast-paced, but says that this led her to form strong and lasting friendships with her classmates.
“We were all brought together by a common desire to succeed and learn new things and we’ll be able to call on each other for help and advice for the rest of our careers,” she says. “There’s an incredible bond formed over long hours and late night study sessions and that’s something you can’t put a price on.”
Even though she has now left UBC, Christine says she still feels connected to her alma mater and is happy to be part of a global family of Sauder alumni. If you want to join her, you can find out more online about the MM program and its place within Sauder’s unique global network.