From Intern to Manager: How Mary Gregory Kick-started Her Career
When I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2020, I knew it was going to be a struggle to find a job due to COVID being at its highest point. Thanks to ADPi and the many friendships and connections the sisterhood brought me, I came across a job that kick-started my career. Alexandra Woodlief is the recruitment advisor for Beta Epsilon and I became very close with her through ADPi and other personal connections. I saw a job posting on the ADPi Facebook page that they were hiring Marketing Coordinators and I was so excited to apply. Alexandra and Jessica Jones, another ADPi alum, welcomed me into the company with open arms. I started working with Alexandra Madison Weddings as a Marketing Coordinator in August of 2020.
The experience was so amazing right off the bat and I continued to learn so much throughout the internship as I overcame challenges and worked alongside amazing mentors, fellow ADPi’s, and other Panhellenic women from UofSC. We pushed each other every day to become the best and hardest workers we could be. It was so encouraging being able to bounce ideas off of such a strong-minded team of women and helping promote the brand on social media platforms and across the community.
Following my internship term as a Marketing Coordinator, I was able to quickly work up the ranks as I merged into the apprentice role which led me to take on more of the wedding planning and logistics side of the company. Following my apprentice term, I was then presented a full-time offer with Alexandra Madison Weddings to become an Associate Planner, Marketing Manager and HR Manager. I have been so blessed to have pursued that opportunity and the experience has been nothing short of amazing!
Working for a fellow Alpha Delta Pi - Beta Epsilon alumna has been so special. It has also been a way for me to stay involved with the chapter. Since Alexandra advises for Beta Epsilon, she often brings me along to shadow her as we chaperone functions, speak about AMW at chapter meetings, visit the Pi Palace frequently, etc! It has been so rewarding to use my connections through ADPi to recruit and hire Beta Epsilon members to join the team and serve as their mentor every semester. We have even had a few AMW clients who are Beta Epsilon alums which is just so heartwarming.
I will forever be so thankful for my time spent as an Alpha Delta Pi member at the University of South Carolina. Without ADPi, I wouldn't have come close to the friendships, sisters, and mentors that I have by my side today.
My biggest piece of advice to current ADPi members would be to encourage yourselves to get to know as many girls as you can because you never know how many friendships and wonderful connections could come along!
Take every opportunity that comes your way and always push yourself to be the best you can be!