College of Business > News & Events > Alumna Makes Forbes "30 Under 30" List
By Robin Florzak /
March 21, 2016 /
Posted in: Alumni /
Pierson heads product marketing for online acquisitions at Google, where she has won two Google Marketing Platinum Awards and one Gold Marketing Award for her work.
Prior to joining Google, she was manager of e-commerce at Hilton Worldwide and account manager at Publicis Groupe, the multinational advertising and public relations company. Below we ask Pierson to reflect on how her DePaul education set her on her career path.
I interned at the Executives' Club of Chicago as an information technology coordinator my junior year. It taught me that perseverance makes anything possible, as being a full-time student and an almost full-time intern took a lot of dedication and time away from my social life.
What's your advice for current DePaul business students who aspire to make a future "30 Under 30" list?
Stay restless and keep learning. When I get too comfortable that usually means I've plateaued in what I'm learning and am no longer pushing myself.
Set a personal development plan and mark milestones needed to land your dream job, learning along the way.
Find a mentor that you respect. If you build a strong relationship, they'll help champion you along the way.
Don't be afraid of failure. At Google, we live by the saying "fail big, fail fast," as some of our most successful projects have come out of moonshot side projects (e.g., Gmail). It influences a culture of risk taking. I've had many failures in my career, but they were the solid foundation on which I built my success. Perspective is everything, and if you learn from a failure, it turns into something positive.
I'm fortunate to be able to do a lot of global travel for work, so I typically tack on a few visits to broaden my perspective. Most recently, I went to Nepal with Google for a post-earthquake relief project. It was an incredibly enlightening experience that I will never forget. When we found spare time, we hiked the Himalayas and mingled with the end recipients of the relief work. It was truly a life-changing experience.
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