5 Questions with Esther Faust
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Associate Brand Manager
The Hershey Company
"Our professional life is more of a marathon than a sprint.”
Esther Faust is a recent graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management's MBA program. Prior to her role at Hershey, she worked for Hewlett-Packard and Intel and served as a captain in the Israel Defense Forces. She received her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
How did you become involved with NEW and how has it helped you develop your career?
While reading a daily industry newsletter, I learned that Sears Holding Company, which I had interned with while studying for my MBA, had become a NEW sponsor. NEW sounded like just what I was looking for as a woman looking to break into the consumer products retail industry from a high-tech background. When I learned NEW was having a fall networking event in Boston, I immediately registered and was fortunate to meet several talented, embracing women like Bobbie O'Hare and Janine Dempsey, who put me in touch with the NEW Horizons mentoring program. The program matched me with Lisa Delventhal of Nestlé Purina Petcare.
What was your mentor/mentee relationship like?
Lisa proved to be a very generous mentor. Throughout the year, Lisa shared a wealth of personal and professional knowledge that she acquired throughout her career at companies such as Nabisco, Nielsen and Nestle, all of which gave me some great insight and perspective while selecting a full-time employer in the industry. Lisa and I spoke once a month, and kept the topic open and flexible, depending on what was on our minds.
What lessons did you take away from that relationship?
Aside from industry/category insights, Lisa highlighted the importance of a sustainable career. Our professional life is more of a marathon than a sprint, and we discussed how important it is to balance our career goals with our personal family values. We both have young children, so this was a topic that was frequently on our minds.
How has this relationship changed your outlook on your career?
My relationship with Lisa has made me realize the value of an extended network outside the office. It has also reinforced how rewarding a mentor/mentee relationship can be.
How do you hope to mentor others as your career progresses?
My career wouldn't be where it is today if I hadn't had some phenomenal mentors throughout the way, and I believe that mentoring is just as beneficial to the mentor as the mentee. I hope to continue mentoring through MIT and will look out for new mentoring opportunities as I grow professionally both within the [workplace] and through organizations such as NEW.