2017Aug 30

Coca-Cola & the Canadian Olympic Committee Visit SPAD

SPAD had the honour of welcoming SPAD grads Jennifer Delvecchio (SPAD ’05), Senior Manager – Strategic Marketing with Coca-Cola, and Andrew Baker (SPAD ’05), Director – Games for the Canadian Olympic Committee as guest speakers on November 21st and 22nd.

Jennifer spoke first with a group students on November 21st, teaching them about her experiences from SPAD and her journey post-grad. She shared her experiences working with athletes like Lebron James and Genie Bouchard and provided valuable advice on working with athletes and pairing them with your products for endorsement.

Growing up in a small town, Jennifer made steps towards gender equality from a young age. She was the first girl to play hockey in her hometown and emphasized the fact that she can do anything regardless of the fact that she is a girl; “I am a person or athlete first and a woman second.”

On November 22nd, Jennifer and Andrew spoke together in both sections of second year sport marketing classes. They focused on the Olympics and how their jobs intersect and work together at the Canadian Olympic Committee and Coca-Cola.

Andrew told SPAD students about his commitment to the C.O.C. and how hard he had to work to get to where he was. He started with the organization right out of SPAD and climbed the ladder by making himself indispensable no matter what role he was in. From data entry to reception he always made sure to go above and beyond.

Jennifer and Andrew ended their presentations by listing “JD and AB’s Final Thoughts”

JD’s Final Thoughts

  1. Your relationships are critical in your career
  2. Your reputation is your professional currency
  3. Self evaluate – be brutally honest
  4. This business is a lifestyle
  5. You can have it all, just not all at the same time
  6. Enjoy the ride

AB’s Final Thoughts

  1. Work hard… really hard… really, really hard
  2. Be in the right environment
  3. Use the skills of your generation
  4. Find your leadership reference guide and follow it

SPAD would like to thank Jennifer and Andrew for sharing their experiences and providing valuable advice to our students. We wish them the best on their future endeavours and hope to see them again soon.

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