08 Oct Introducing Melissa Souto, Marketing and Communications Associate at The Title Connection
The Title Connection is proud to announce the hiring of Melissa Souto, Marketing and Communications Associate. Melissa graduated from Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago with a BBA in Marketing in 2017. She will be helping with account management, marketing and communications needs as well as web design. We are excited to welcome her to the team and introduce her to our readers.
1. What was your first job?
My first job out of college was working as a Marketing Coordinator at a construction firm where I had the opportunity to expand my marketing knowledge through RFP’s, social media, and digital design.
2. What are your career goals and aspirations?
My career goals and aspirations are to make a positive impact through accessible technology. I would like to use my career platform to help others obtain more opportunities for themselves in their career path.
3. What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice I have ever received was from my friend who works as a social worker. One day I was struggling with what path I should choose for my career, contemplating which was the right decision. After I had finished telling her my fears she had reminded me that there is no right or wrong decision, the world will not punish you for picking one path over the other. I try to remind myself of that piece of advice to remain confident in my decision making skills.
4. Tell us about a challenging experience and how you overcame it?
As a first generation college graduate, I think the most challenging experience I have had is building a network and learning about the career world. My parents have always been a tremendous help, but starting from scratch in the business world has been tough. I began to overcome it by putting my pride aside and asking people I admired for help. It started off as small email exchanges, then I would work up the nerve to ask them to coffee. Soon enough, I began to build a network that allowed me to pursue goals I had only ever dreamt about.
5. What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?
The accomplishment I am most proud about is becoming a certified medical advocate through RVA and the YWCA. As an advocate, I am able to help sexual assault survivors file a report at a hospital to begin building a credible legal case. It was a 60 hour training and I am able to volunteer 24 hours each month!
6. Do you have any siblings and where do you fit into the chronological order?
I have two siblings, an older sister and an older brother! I am the baby of the family.
7. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose London because I love the weather and the lifestyle there. I lived there for four months roughly three years ago for a study abroad program and I miss it all the time!
8. Who do you consider role models to you and/or society?
I find those who use their voice to empower other people are role models. I believe women who strive to be educated, powerful, and kind are the people I look up to the most because they show me I can be anyone I want to be.
9. If you could go to coffee with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to grab coffee with Sophia Bush! She is one of my inspirations because she strives to be healthy, kind, and empowering. Sophia Bush is an advocate for female rights, I would love to pick her brain on today’s political climate.
10. What are some of your hobbies or what do you do to relax?
I spend the majority of my time reading or volunteering. I love to learn, I am currently learning how to do user experience design and front end development. If I am not learning I am most likely volunteering at the YWCA or Women Employed. If I am doing neither, then I most likely am walking around Chicago taking photos!
11. What do you want to accomplish in this current role?
I would like to increase my understanding of this industry. I also would like to learn what it is like to work in a B2B company. What I want to accomplish the most though, is to learn how to run a successful business as a woman in a male dominated industry.