“Be a hand raiser. Opportunities are going to come up whether it is professionally or personally and I am a big believer in saying yes.”
The advice that Lynn Anderson offers to students has been a guiding principle in her own life and in her own career. This disposition of embracing new opportunities has recently found her as a co-chair of Pamplin’s newly created Recent Alumni Board.
Lynn graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a degree in finance. While she was at Tech she interned for NBC Universal and following graduation she immediately went into GE’s financial management program, a two-year cycle of six-month jobs around the company allowing for diversified experience and extensive company knowledge. Each of her jobs was within NBC Universal, where she started in the finance department after the program.
Lynn now serves as Director of Partnerships and Portfolio Products for NBC Universal in New York City. Her work focuses in three categories: programmatic media, social media and data. The job includes creating innovative advertising partnerships for a portfolio including channels such as NBC, NBC News, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, CNBC, and NBC Sports among others. She has a driving passion for her job and the tech industry.
“Just being in the digital world, there is so much new information… and it is our job to really keep up on the pulse of that industry,” she said.
While at Virginia Tech Lynn was involved in many clubs, but there were two in particular that built her into the professional she is today. Lynn credits both SEED, Virginia Tech’s student-managed endowment fund, and her sorority, Alpha Phi, as places where she developed the necessary skills of leadership, public speaking, teamwork and others, which have led to success in her career.
Her favorite class at Virginia Tech was Steve Skripak’s section of Pamplin’s capstone strategy course, a class now named Strategic Management.
“I love his passion; he has a real passion for helping and connecting with students…He is somebody who, seven or eight years later I still email,” Lynn said.
Lynn’s favorite books, those which have impacted her career more than others, include Dale Carnegie’s classic for every aspiring business person, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and her favorite daily read, The Intellectual Devotional, by David Kidder and Noah Oppenhiem.
Lynn received Pamplin’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award in 2014, evidence that she has not left the college behind throughout her career. Over the course of 2015 she has been intimately involved in building Pamplin’s Recent Alumni Board which will serve as a new way for students to network with professionals and receive timely and relevant career advice within the college.
“I am personally looking forward to connecting with students, I think I have had people along the way help me to get where I am,” Lynn said. “I think this is such a unique opportunity to have a group of 25 young, diverse professionals reach out to the students and have that personal connection.”