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Jill Schwartz

Senior Director, Communications at World Wildlife Fund

Best career advice you ever got?

A few days before getting in my Chevrolet wagon to drive from New York to Louisiana for my first job as a newspaper reporter, my dad (a longtime reporter/editor) told me to work hard but not too hard. He said if I worked too hard, I would be given too many projects to do. I thought that was strange advice, as I was always a very conscientious student. So I never took it seriously. Until recently. It took me a few decades to realize he was trying to tell me to have work/life balance.

Favorite thing about your job?

Sitting in a tropical forest as the sun rises. The sounds, the sights, the smells. They are amazing. I’m fortunate to have the chance to do this in the Amazon, Asia and Africa when I’m there to write magazine stories and help produce videos.

If you weren’t doing this, what job would you have?

In terms of a job, well, if truth be told, I want to work at Wegmans. I’d love to be surrounded by all that yummy food every day.

What’s something work-related that keeps you up at night?

Did I loop everybody in who wanted to be looped in on an email? Did I use the right time zones when setting up that international call? But, seriously, I think about whether I’m being strategic enough to make a difference in the world.

Most memorable Communications Network experience?

Listening to Clarence Jones’ remarks after he found out an award was named after him.

Your most overused word or phrase?

“No worries.” I never thought about that until a colleague oversees pointed out that Americans use it a lot.

Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

The book “A Gentleman in Moscow.” Brilliant writing. “American Vandal” is also a quirky, intriguing Netflix series.

Guilty pleasure?

Cowboy boots. I own eight pairs.

How do you define success?

Getting somebody to see an issue in a different light.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

Take 15 minutes in the morning to meditate. It makes the 15 or so hours that follow so much better.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?

Where are you having the most luck in publishing content? If you tell me that, I can tell you what I’m doing to ensure communications is not an after thought where I work.

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

It’s pumped life into me. I’ve been much more excited about my job since joining The Network a few years ago. Being around so many creative, respectful and smart people who are making a difference makes me realize communications is one of the best fields.

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