Kerry Kilar Headrick
Associate Manager for High Affinity Segments
Walt Disney World
"My big brother, UNC Kenan-Flagler alum Jason Kilar, has always been a great mentor to me. His most valuable career advice was encouraging me to attend the business school."
Professional career highlights
- Co-founder, Marketing Club, UNC Kenan-Flagler
- After her BSBA, became marketing specialist for Internet pioneer eToys.com. Helped build its national brand
- Joined Sprite brand marketing team, Coca-Cola Company
What she does
"As a child, I would never have believed that one day I'd live one exit up from the Magic Kingdom and actually get paid for it," says Headrick.
"Disney has been a great fit for me from a cultural, personal and career standpoint. As an associate segment manager, I focus on nurturing and growing the most loyal visitors to Walt Disney World through strategic marketing initiatives and targeted programs."
Most important effect UNC Kenan-Flagler had upon me
Headrick credits her big brother and UNC Kenan-Flagler alum Jason Kilar as "always being a great mentor to me. His most valuable career advice was encouraging me to attend the business school." Kilar is a senior vice president at Amazon.com.
If Headrick were to give one piece of advice to business graduates, it would be, "When pursuing your career passions, look at the opportunity and ignore the salary."
"I took the lowest-paying job offer when I graduated from UNC. However, I wouldn't trade my career experiences to date, because I have extracted priceless business lessons from them. More importantly, I've had a lot of fun in the process."