Alumni Spotlight: Megan Hom, Macy’s

Eller PDC Alumni Stories

Megan Homby Megan Hom

I am a recent magna cum laude graduate of the class of 2013 where I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the College of Fine Arts School of Dance.With my recent move to New York City in June, I completed the eight week Executive Development Program at as an EDP in Women’s Better Shoes. The program consisted of leadership classes, computer-based training, field trips to stores around the metropolitan area and the distribution center in Chesire, Connecticut, and on the job training. I am now in my permanent position as a Merchandising Assistant in Women’s Comfort Shoes where I am responsible for brands such as The North Face, Naturalizer, and Timberland. My major responsibilities include: creating and analyzing reports, going to market/style-out/writing appointments with my buying team, and essentially seeing that a shoe gets onto the website (there’s a whole process we call turn in).

My job has been a wonderful learning experience, both personally and professionally. The culture is young, fast-paced, and very entrepreneurial which is something that fits my style very well. I enjoy going to work where I can actually say I help buy shoes for a living!

The Eller College of Management and the University of Arizona at large has prepared me in my young career in the city. Although you will not always remember exactly what you did in class, the most important thing is that you took something away overall. My presentation skills are the best they’ve ever been, and the work that went into preparing and going through the many behavioral based interviews I sat through helped me hone in on my strengths and weaknesses. The focus on professionalism and team work has been essential to my success at Macy’s.

My biggest piece of advice is to keep an open mind, and go after anything you have an interest in. Moving to NYC was a dream I’d had since my first trip on the Eller Management Fellowship with Dean Pam Perry and Professor Suzanne Cummins going into my junior year. If you’re interesting in the buying or planning fields of fashion retail, I strongly recommend taking an internship in the fields. Last summer I interned at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC as a Men’s Designer Clothing Intern and knew it was something I would want to pursue after graduating. It also helps to have other retail and general business knowledge like Excel. You can truly achieve anything you want if you work hard!