You have to work to live. I’ve been lucky to have had very interesting jobs so far and to have worked with great people. If I didn’t need to work for money, I’d likely be spending all of my time traveling and saving the world. Luckily, I can do some of that while working!
Here’s some of what I’ve done at work.
Associate R&D Imagineer, July 2013 – October 2017
Technical Staff Associate, June 2012 – June 2013
Junior Environmental Scientist (Contractor), July 2010 – June 2012
I originally came to WDI R&D to do environmental assessments using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This methodology is a rigorous way to evaluate the net environmental impact of a product, process, material, or really anything across its entire life cycle (raw material extraction, processing, assembly, transportation, use, disposal, etc). It allows one to ask questions like “Am I better off using ceramic mugs or styrofoam cups?” and finding answers like “It depends on how many times you re-use your ceramic mug, but if you use it consistently, the mug is better.” Besides LCA, I also worked on general sustainability integration into Imagineering’s projects such as the Shanghai Disney Resort (even from my first week at Imagineering in 2010).
After a few years of working solely on sustainability, I began to branch out and had limited engagements with the Blue Sky group, producing internal Culture and Community events, and other small projects. A variety of small opportunities led to a chance to work as the Producer on the 2016 update of Turtle Talk with Crush at Disney’s California Adventure and EPCOT. In this role, I worked as both a Creative and Technical Producer, ensuring the story and creative development remained on track while the technical aspects kept pace. As soon as the domestic version of the attraction was complete, I was given the opportunity to update the same attraction at Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan.
I currently still work in the Research & Development department on a variety of projects including environmental sustainability.
Innoviet Travel Company
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Marketing, July 2007 – November 2007
Work to create a marketing plan to increase e-commerce for a tour operator in Ho
Chi Minh City. Use tools such as Google Analytics to monitor site traffic and drive
more commerce to the website.
Categorization Assistant, November 2006 – April 2007
Categorise academic content for use on the internet. Read and analyse Hoover Digest articles to sort under initiatives of the Hoover Institution.
Rocky Mountain Talent Search
RA / Counsellor, July 2006
Supervise, counsel, and tutor highly gifted high school students during an academic summer program at the University of Denver.
Pikes Peak Summit House
Pikes Peak, Colorado
Retail Sales Staff, July 2005 – September 2005
Serve between 1,000 and 5,000 tourists daily from all over the world in a fast-paced environment at 14,115 feet (4,302 m).