Name: Whitney Love
Course: MBA (Distance) (2009-13)
City of residence: Stavanger, Norway
Employer: Digital Word (consultancy firm) (Digital World)
Interests: Online marketing, digital media and anything made with chipotle peppers.
Contact details: whitney at digitalword dot no
When were you at Warwick?
I studied at Warwick from 2009-2013 as WBS MBA distance learning student.
What did you study?
At Warwick I completed a Master’s of Business Administration. The title of my Project and Dissertation was Understanding Social Media Marketing in the Norwegian Food Marketing Niche: The Case of the Gladmat Festival in Stavanger, Norway.
Do you have any fond memories?
I met some AMAZING student colleagues at Warwick! My fondest memories include getting to know them personally over the time I was at Warwick and learning from their work experiences during course discussions.
Where did you live while you were at Warwick?
As I was a distance student, I lived in my Norwegian “home town” of Stavanger.
What are you doing now? How did you end up in Norway?
I started a social media and content marketing consultancy firm during my final year at Warwick, which keeps me very busy (!) at the moment. Although some days I work 16 hours in order to meet deadlines, I love the work I do as a consultant and it shows through in the results I get for my clients. I consider myself a digital story teller who helps companies find solutions to the challenges they face. I love every minute of the work I do.
I ended up in Norway for personal reasons after living in Germany for two years. I moved to Norway in 2007 and have been here ever since. Norway is a wonderful country and a great place to live.
Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?
When I first learned about Warwick, I really wanted to connect with others who had been through the MBA program or whom had been to Warwick – but there was no group in my area, so I had no way to connect with alumni in my area. When I finished the MBA program, I thought creating an alumni chapter in Stavanger would help students in a way I wish I had been helped when I was not only making my decision about the school but about joining the MBA program.
What kind of people make up the Warwick alumni community in your area?
So far, it’s been a 50/50 split between Norwegians and expats from all over the world. Many work in the energy sector as Stavanger is one of the world’s oil and gas capitals.
What kind of events will you run?
We have yet to have our first event but I suspect we will do things like brewery tours at the local microbrewery, ski cabin trips (and lessons for us novices!) or maybe even start a running group to train together for the next Stavanger Marathon.
Have you been back to Warwick recently?
No, but I plan to visit Warwick in January 2014.