Anastasia Williams – LA Member Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am an Associate at MediaLink, a strategic advisory and business development firm with offices in NY, Los Angeles, and Chicago.
I was originally hired as an Assistant, handling project management and juggling calendars for 5 SVPs.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Time - there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

What is your proudest achievement?
Raising my son as a single parent (with lots of help from my Mom).

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?My Mom, for her strength and perseverance.
Nelson Mandela, for his capacity for forgiveness, along with his extraordinary resilience.
Helen Keller, for her tenacity and determination to triumph over adversity.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years, I will be a thought leader and subject matter expert in the cross cultural/total market space.

What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?
Be yourself.
Listen more, talk less. It’s not always about who speaks the loudest or the longest.
A former employer once told me, "Figure out how to use you for you...because someone will always figure out how to use you for them."

Did you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else? How has that experience changed you?
It is really quite something when someone who isn’t your family takes an interest in you, believes in you, sees that “something” in you and makes a decision to invest themselves in your personal and professional growth - without any ulterior motives.  I have had and currently do have mentors who do just that and I have flourished under their tutelage.

I am currently mentoring a ’14 college grad, who has just taken the next step in her career from intern to entry-level strategist.