Marina Arnaout: Today’s Notable Young Professional

Today’s Notable Young Professional is, who leads by innovation in her corporate endeavours and embraces the global community in both her personal and professional life. We caught up with her to find out what she’s passionate about, her philanthropic involvements, and what advice she would share with other young professionals…

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WORK

Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
Regional Head of Digital at SAS – a global leader in business intelligence and analytics. I help modernize marketing and sales.

What was the inspiration for your career route?
I love to innovate, create best practices, and challenge the status quo, which naturally leads me to be part of a path that’s fast-paced and constantly evolving. I find it exciting to be part of a sector where opportunity is increasing every day and truly changing the way business is done.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
I don’t have a specific milestone to reference; however, one aspect of my career that I am passionate about is having a role that allows me to collaborate with my colleagues on a global level. My role is responsible for emerging markets in Latin America and I work very closely with my counterparts in Europe, Asia and the U.S. I find international business relations fascinating.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?
That’s a loaded question that only time will answer. That being said, on both professional and personal level I hope to continue being a global citizen who drives innovation and change.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Measure yourself only against your previous self and fill your life with experiences, not things.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
I am volunteer with Dress For Success, an organization that promotes the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a support network and career counseling. I am also on the committee for Breakfast of Championsan annual fundraising and networking event in support of SickKids Foundation. The event connects today’s business leaders with young professionals in a breakfast setting for a good cause that so far raised $250,000+. Last year, the keynote speaker was John Tory and the ‘champions’ ranged from the chair of RBC, to the managing director at Google, to celebrity chefs. Keep an eye out for this year’s event.

What does the word notable mean to you?
Significance.    

PLAY

Where is your favourite place to wine/dine in your city and why?
This is constantly changing but I typically default to Soho House 

What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser?
Business Insider.

Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Richard Branson.

What’s your favourite cocktail?
Tom Collins.

What gives you the greatest FOMO?
Nothing specific, but one thing I can say is, if I haven’t been on a plane in more than one month, I tend to get restless… 

What would be your last meal? And don’t hold back…
Sushi, pizza, fries, nachos, mac n cheese… Actually, that sounds like a regular dinner for me.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Freshly baked bread and online shopping. In that order.  

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