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Alexis Arnold

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Alexis Arnold

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Hometown: Fair Oaks, CA
Undergrad Institution: Stanford University
Undergrad Major: Pyschology/Italian
Pre-MBA Role: Global Social Media Marketing
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Retail (H&M, Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, Gap)
McCombs Organizations: Graduate Women in Business (Co-VP of Allyship), Graduate Marketing Network, Graduate Business Adventure Team, Wine Club, Tech Club, Wellness Collective, Net Impact, Sports Entertainment & Media Association, McCombs Ambassador Committee
Why are you passionate about marketing? I have always been passionate about storytelling in all of its forms. In Marketing, I love the challenge and reward of tying together emotion, psychology, and creativity in a vivid way that inspires, unifies, and moves others. I am especially excited by the sense of purpose and opportunity for personal impact that co that come from holding a megaphone with the potential to positively shape our culture and move our society forward.
Post MBA Career Goals: Tech Marketing
What do you like to do in your free time? Exploring, traveling, photography, reading, learning new skills of questionable utility, playing pretty much any arcade game, and tearing it up on the dance floor (or anywhere, really).
Favorite place/activity in Austin: I tend to gravitate toward the water -- whether it's retro-boating on the Lake, working hard (or hardly working) at Mozart's, or downing BBQ at County Line.
Favorite Ad Campaign: #LikeAGirl

Miranda Barrigas

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Miranda Barrigas

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Hometown: Tustin, CA
Undergrad Institution: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergrad Major: Political Science, Strategic Communications
Pre-MBA Role: Marketing & Strategy Consultant
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Luxury Goods, KILLSPENCER
McCombs Organizations: Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Tech Club, Graduate Marketing Network (GMN), Graduate Women in Business (GWIB), Latin American & Hispanic MBA Association (LAHMBA), Black Graduate Business Association (BGBA)
Why are you passionate about marketing? I get to help brands speak to consumers in a meaningful way. The field of marketing is constantly evolving, and I get to see and be apart of that growth everyday.
Post MBA Career Goals: Post-MBA I plan to become a product marketing manager in the technology space, focusing on the intersection of tech and travel at companies like Airbnb. In particular, I aspire to make travel more accessible and fruitful for women and minorities. 
What do you like to do in your free time? Longboard. Go to the gym to pick up heavy things. Longs walks with my dog Sammie.
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Hon Lam's Lone Star Riverboat Bat Tour
Favorite Ad Campaign: The 100-Year Game | NFL

Elizabeth Bohen-Meissner

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Elizabeth Bohen-Meissner

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Hometown: New York
Undergrad Institution: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Undergrad Major: Materials Science and Engineering
Pre-MBA Role: Senior Analyst/Category Lead - Makeup, Package Testing
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: CPG, The Estee Lauder Companies
McCombs Organizations: GMN, GWIB, MAC, Food & Bev Innovation
Why are you passionate about marketing? I am passionate about marketing because marketing is the foundation of a business. Marketers are decision-makers for brands and products and help drive the business through consumers. I love that marketing is more than just ad campaigns. There are so many areas of marketing to be explored and you can positively and negatively change a brand or product. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management in CPG
What do you like to do in your free time? Hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants and bars, baking, bingeing Netflix
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Favorite Place: Patrizi's ; Favorite Activity: checking out restaurants and bars with friends
Favorite Ad Campaign: Tie between the Nike "Year of the Woman" campaign and the Always "Like a Girl" campaign

Daniel Dalton

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Daniel Dalton

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Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Undergrad Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Undergrad Major: Aerospace Engineering
Pre-MBA Role: Transaction
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Financial Technology, The Demex Group
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows
Why are you passionate about marketing? I'm excited about the challenge of positioning a good product and making it successful
Post MBA Career Goals: Product Management
What do you like to do in your free time? Read history books and play strategy games
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Hiking the trails in and around Austin
Favorite Ad Campaign: Bud Light Real Men of Genius

Allie Elkins

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Allie Elkins

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Hometown: Richmond, VA
Undergrad Institution: University of Virginia
Undergrad Major: Marketing and Finance
Pre-MBA Role: Consultant/Customer Retention Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Consulting at Deloitte/Food Tech at HelloFresh
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows, Food & Beverage Innovation Club, Graduate Marketing Organization, Graduate Women in Business, Graduate Wine Club
Why are you passionate about marketing? I love being connected to the consumer, learning what motivates them and getting to use a mix of analytics and creativity to solve their problems
Post MBA Career Goals: Innovation Brand Manager in CPG / Retail 
What do you like to do in your free time? Take long walks, work out, explore new restaurants 
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Lady Bird Lake
Favorite Ad Campaign: Amazon #BeforeAlexa

Megan Friedman

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Megan Friedman

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Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad Institution: Vanderbilt University
Undergrad Major: Human and Organizational Development
Pre-MBA Role: Merchant
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Retail at Abercrombie & Fitch
McCombs Organizations: Food and Beverage Innovation Club, SEMA, GMN
Why are you passionate about marketing? I enjoy being a part of the consumer decision making process. I like knowing that something I did or strategy that I wrote had a direct impact on someone. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management
What do you like to do in your free time? Peloton, Shop, Try new restaurants, walks
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Shopping on South Congress
Favorite Ad Campaign: Progressive- "Turn into your parents" campaign 

Anjali Ganpule

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Anjali Ganpule

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Hometown: Templeton, CA
Undergrad Institution: University of California, Davis
Undergrad Major: Food Science & Technology
Pre-MBA Role: Food Scientist | Product Lifecycle Management Administrator | Retail, Associate Brand Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Food Industry
McCombs Organizations: Graduate Marketing Network, Graduate Women in Business, Consortium, Marketing Fellows
Why are you passionate about marketing? I enjoy the leadership that markets have within a company. They set the tone for the products that represent a brand and company's values, they solve consumer's problems, and work across functional groups and agencies to bring these visions to life. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Product Management, Brand Management, Marketing Adjunct Fields
What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy cooking, baking, trying new flavors, and hosting; playing basketball; traveling; and spending time exploring new places
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Mayfield Park: where you can witness peacocks roaming free!
Favorite Ad Campaign: Dove: Real Beauty Campaign

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergrad Institution: The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Undergrad Major: Communications
Pre-MBA Role: District Sales Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Automotive - General Motors
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows, Graduate Business Council, and Black Graduate Business Association
Why are you passionate about marketing? Growing up, I always loved watching Super Bowl TV ads and shows like Mad Men. I had this idea that Marketing was just creating spiffy ads to show on TV like Don Draper. Then I realized, I loved helping people solve problems, whether it was in school or in my personal endeavors. As I learned more about what marketing actually is, I saw the connection between my passion of helping people and what Marketing actually is. I realized it is a way to connect with people via media, messaging, and other platforms to help them solve their problems and create solutions. Marketing excites me because it is a 360 degree approach to bringing a solution to the table all supported by a well rounded team effort.
Post MBA Career Goals: Tech Industry in Product Management or Partner Strategy
What do you like to do in your free time? I like to explore new restaurants in Austin and get outside!
Favorite place/activity in Austin: I love going for walks on the trail downtown! Great time to get coffee and walk around the city! Zilker is great too!
Favorite Ad Campaign: Chrysler Eminem Super Bowl Ad

Samarth Jain

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Samarth Jain

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Hometown: Mumbai
Undergrad Institution: Vellore Institute of Technology
Undergrad Major: Computer Science & Engineering
Pre-MBA Role: Portfolio Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Big Tech, Microsoft
McCombs Organizations: MAC, Marketing Fellows, Tech Club, IGBA
Why are you passionate about marketing? Because it marries principles of psychology, sociology & economics with problem-solving to convince people to part with money! Simple in theory, yet inherently so complex! 
Post MBA Career Goals: Product Marketing/Management
What do you like to do in your free time? Video Gaming, Reading & Cooking 
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Velvet Tacos
Favorite Ad Campaign: Vodafone Zoozoos (non-Indian friends, pls look them up) 

Matt Kamman

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Matthew Kamman

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Hometown: St Paul, MN
Undergrad Institution: University of Miami
Undergrad Major: Economics, Political Science, International Studies
Pre-MBA Role: Customer Experience Consultant
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Healthcare, UnitedHealth Group
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows, GMN, Wine Club, Food & Bev, SEMA, Intramural Sports 
Why are you passionate about marketing? I love the personal aspect of marketing. I enjoy the fun challenge of developing curated strategies that appeal to the specific needs and wants of the customer.
Post MBA Career Goals: Consulting or Tech Product Marketing 
What do you like to do in your free time? Tennis, long walks with my dog, exploring new bars/restaurants with friends.
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Town Lake & Cosmic Coffee
Favorite Ad Campaign: Google Search: Paris

Kevin Law

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Kevin Law

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Hometown: Manhasset, NY
Undergrad Institution: Boston College
Undergrad Major: Economics & History
Pre-MBA Role: Lead Associate
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Management Consulting
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows, Graduate Marketing Network, MBA+, Food & Beverage
Why are you passionate about marketing? Marketing brings the vision to life, and is the means to influence storytelling, customer insights, and perception towards brand identity, resonance, and innovation. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Product and Brand Marketing
What do you like to do in your free time? Photography, keeping an active lifestyle, exploring new restaurants, world travelling
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Ladybird Lake
Favorite Ad Campaign: GoPro Be a Hero

Daniel Li

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Daniel Li

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Hometown: Qingdao, China
Undergrad Institution: Skidmore College
Undergrad Major: Business
Pre-MBA Role: Strategy & Media Planning
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Media Advertising, Mindshare
McCombs Organizations: SEMA, MBA Soccer Club, GMN, Wine Club, F&B
Why are you passionate about marketing? Marketing is about connecting with people, and that's what I love to do the most.
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management
What do you like to do in your free time? Staying active, hanging out with friends, blasting music
Favorite place/activity in Austin: ACL Live
Favorite Ad Campaign: Nike - Winner Stays

Lyndi McIntyre

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Hometown: Wichita, Kansas
Undergrad Institution: Vanderbilt University
Undergrad Major: Communications
Pre-MBA Role: Research Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: GLG, which is a B2B market research firm
McCombs Organizations: President, Food & Bev; GMN; SEMA; GWiB; Wine Club
Why are you passionate about marketing? I love marketing because it's dynamic, ever-changing, and involves a high level of both creativity and teamwork to get to an innovative solution.
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand & Product Management for CPG or Retail
What do you like to do in your free time? Intramural sports, walk my dog, listen to intense thriller audiobooks, be outdoors, travel
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Paddle boarding on Lady Bird
Favorite Ad Campaign: Stop Shoulding Yourself - Halo Top

Allen McManus

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Hometown: Southfield, MI
Undergrad Institution: University of Michigan
Undergrad Major: Sociology
Pre-MBA Role: Consultant
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Federal Consulting, KPMG
McCombs Organizations: McCombs Ambassador Committee, Black Graduate Business Association, Graduate Marketing Network
Why are you passionate about marketing? Marketing requires you to sit in the shoes of the consumer and figure out what makes he or she make a purchasing decision. I enjoy thinking from other's perspective to come up with a solution that will help a business grow. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Product Marketing Manager
What do you like to do in your free time? Basketball, discover new music, hiking, running
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake
Favorite Ad Campaign: Nike MVPuppets Campaign 

Olivia Oreh

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Olivia Oreh

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergrad Institution: The Ohio State University
Undergrad Major: Business (Marketing)
Pre-MBA Role: Shopper Marketing & Insights Manager, Pedialyte
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Abbott Nutrition (CPG)
McCombs Organizations: Graduate Marketing Network, McCombs Ambassador Committee, Graduate Women in Business, Marketing Fellows 
Why are you passionate about marketing? Good marketing helps us see ourselves (our interests, passions, goals) in our favorite products, brands and services. I love seeing how a product / brand resonates so strongly with an audience that it changes and impacts a person's life. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management/Marketing
What do you like to do in your free time? Workout. Bake. Read. Try new restaurants / coffee shops 
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Lady Bird Lake
Favorite Ad Campaign: Coca Cola "Share a Coke" Campaign

Samantha Pinto

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Hometown: Cranbury, NJ
Undergrad Institution: University of Michigan
Undergrad Major: English & French Lit
Pre-MBA Role: Recruiter
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Public Education, Dallas ISD
McCombs Organizations: GCG, GWIB, JMBA, Wine Club, Food & Bev Club
Why are you passionate about marketing? I like to gauge both my analytical and creative thinking and make a large impact on a company.
Post MBA Career Goals: Management Consulting
What do you like to do in your free time? Long walks, breweries, rollerblading
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Rollerblading on the Veloway!
Favorite Ad Campaign: Dove-- the OG of body positivity!

Naomi Pollack

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Hometown: Bedford, NY
Undergrad Institution: Emory University
Undergrad Major: Economics
Pre-MBA Role: Account Director
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Advertising
McCombs Organizations: GWiB, MBA Soccer Club, GMN, Tech Club
Why are you passionate about marketing? Marketing is about understanding the needs and pain points of consumers. When we try to understand other people's experiences, we are introduced to new perspectives. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Product marketing in the technology industry
What do you like to do in your free time? Make/eat pizza, play soccer, & catch up with friends and family
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Getting P. Terry's!
Favorite Ad Campaign: Got Milk?

Enrique Salazar

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Hometown: Tijuana, Mexico
Undergrad Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Undergrad Major: Management
Pre-MBA Role: Project Management, IT Sales
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Information Technology - Cambridge Computer Services, Inc.
McCombs Organizations: Graduate Business Council (GBC), Marketing Fellows, Board Fellows, McCombs Ambassador Committee (MAC), the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), MBA Soccer Club, Latin American and Hispanic MBA Association (LAHMBA), MBA Healthcare Association, Graduate Marketing Network (GMN)
Why are you passionate about marketing? Specifically referring to brand management, I love finding creative ways to effectively coordinate teams from different sections of an organization to further the brand.
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management (Marketing)
What do you like to do in your free time? keep moving (soccer, walking, running), play chess, listen to podcasts (while doing all of the aforementioned activities)
Favorite place/activity in Austin: The corner chair at the Starbucks on the corner of Lavaca and 3rd.
Favorite Ad Campaign: The Nike "secret tournament" for the 2002 World Cup.

Kangan Sehgal

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Hometown: Delhi, India
Undergrad Institution: Dehli Technological University
Undergrad Major: Engineering in Biotechnology
Pre-MBA Role: Digital Strategy Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Digital Marketing Agency, Merkle
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows, Graduate Marketing Network, Tech Club, McCombs Ambassador Committee, Indian Graduate Business Association
Why are you passionate about marketing? I love that marketing is at the intersection of creativity and analytics and that it helps bridge the gap between brands and consumers.
Post MBA Career Goals: Product Marketing/Management
What do you like to do in your free time? Dancing, exploring new restaurants/bars, gardening, watching Netflix
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Pease District Park Treehouse
Favorite Ad Campaign: Coke - Open Happiness

Tara Sheena

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Tara Sheena

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Hometown: Commerce, MI
Undergrad Institution: University of Michigan
Undergrad Major: Dance/English
Pre-MBA Role: Professional Dancer and Independent Manager for Performing Artists
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Performing Arts / Self-employed
McCombs Organizations: GWIB, Consortium, Graduate Consulting Group, eQual, BGBA, CLE Fellows, Marketing Fellows, MAC
Why are you passionate about marketing? Marketing is a window into the psyche of the everyday consumer and I find that endlessly interesting. 
Post MBA Career Goals: Consulting/Marketing/Strategy (TBD!)
What do you like to do in your free time? Dance! Yoga! Reading! Eating tacos!
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Butterfly Bar
Favorite Ad Campaign: Nike "The Toughest Athletes" Campaign

Emily Siegers

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Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergrad Institution: Texas Christian University
Undergrad Major: Strategic Communication
Pre-MBA Role: Digital Strategy Manager
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Marketing Agency, Warren Davis
McCombs Organizations: Marketing Fellows, Graduate Marketing Network, SEMA, eQual MBAs, Graduate Women in Business, Wine Club, Food & Bev Club, and the upcoming Arts Appreciation Association!
Why are you passionate about marketing? Marketing is the perfect intersection of creativity and analytics. It's an opportunity to positively impact lives by connecting consumers with products and services they will genuinely benefit from.
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management/CPG
What do you like to do in your free time? Live music, reading, biking, trying local Austin restaurants and bars
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Town Lake Trail
Favorite Ad Campaign: Johnson & Johnson "You're not the baby" shampoo campaign

Taylor Thompson

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Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad Institution: Spelman College
Undergrad Major: Economics
Pre-MBA Role: Management Consultant
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Accenture
McCombs Organizations: BGBA, Consortium, Marketing Fellows, GMN, Tech Club
Why are you passionate about marketing? Creating diverse narratives
Post MBA Career Goals: CPG/Entertainment
What do you like to do in your free time? Tennis, Paint, Outdoor activities
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Pharr Tennis Courts, Or Lady Bird Jogging Trail
Favorite Ad Campaign: Topicals/ Fenty 

Katherine Wang

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Katherine Wang

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Hometown: China
Undergrad Institution: UC Berkeley
Undergrad Major: Art History
Pre-MBA Role: Consultant
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Consulting
McCombs Organizations: GWIB, IMBASA, EABA, eQual, GCG, Tech Club, GMN
Why are you passionate about marketing? It's fun and ever-changing, necessary for all business
Post MBA Career Goals: Consulting
What do you like to do in your free time? Movies, drinks, workouts
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Lady Bird Lake
Favorite Ad Campaign: Real Beauty Sketches Dove

Gabriela Zanelli

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Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/Dayton, OH
Undergrad Institution: Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Undergrad Major: Bachelor’s in communications - Advertising
Pre-MBA Role: Marketing & Events Coordinator
Pre-MBA Industry and Company: Arts and Education (Espaço 2L) / Food and Bev (AmBev – Anheuser Busch)
McCombs Organizations: LAHMBA (Co-President), GMN, SEMA, GBAT
Why are you passionate about marketing? I believe a career in marketing allows me to work with both my analytical and creative sides. I have always been that 50/50 left right brain kind of person, who grew up on the artistic world with dance, but couldn’t ditch the logical, analytical side, so the possibility of developing both was very appealing to me. I’ve also always loved storytelling and a career in marketing allows me to apply that skill in a value generating way. Understanding people’s needs and turning that into creative insight sparked my interest during both my academic and professional journeys, and it was something I wanted to further explore and develop. Last, as marketing has such a central role in so many organizations, it is great to have the opportunity to meet and work with new people, learn about new areas and about business as whole!
Post MBA Career Goals: Brand Management (CPG)/Tech Entertainment
What do you like to do in your free time? I love dance (especially tap dance), hiking, swimming and just being outdoors!
Favorite place/activity in Austin: Walk around Lady Bird Trail
Favorite Ad Campaign: Always, Like a Girl