Emily Hamill has spent the last 13 years of her career chasing incredible opportunities, relocating for jobs that were more challenging, interesting, bigger, and bolder – from Gainesville to Tampa, Omaha, Atlanta, Chicago, and finally Las Vegas, where she is the Director of Marketing for the city’s popular Las Vegas Athletic Clubs. Along the way she’s had the opportunity to provide marketing council to globally recognized brands such as BP, General Motors, JP Morgan Chase, Hilton, Wendy’s, and Cleveland Clinics. With each new opportunity, Emily grew from a public relations specialist to a broad digital marketing and analytics expert, always evolving with technology, the market, and consumer behavior.
Now, she says the “next logical destination” on her career path is UNLV’s Executive MBA, an achievement to complement the master’s in international communications and bachelor’s in public relations that she already holds from the University of Florida. “I feel it’s time in my career to plant myself firmly in one city and grow roots – professionally, in the community, and relationally with others who share the same drive and mindset,” she says.
Emily aspires to become a C-suite executive, and says the financial, accounting, and statistical knowledge embedded in the EMBA curriculum will be essential when she makes her next move up the ladder.
At the same time, she’s hoping that her success will inspire her two daughters, and show other women that it’s important for them to use their voice and offer a diverse perspective in the workplace. “Often, women executives do not allow themselves the luxury of basking in their achievements,”
Emily explains. “The feelings of not measuring up, of having to be the most qualified and hardest working person in the room, but still not being good enough are common feelings among women, even when they reach executive level. “I believe pursuing an MBA is exactly what women needed to finally prove to themselves they really are capable of so much more than they realized."