Karla Grilli discusses her time training with the Diageo team in London

New Adventures & Joining ICP

Thursday March 31, 2016

Karla Grilli: Project Delivery & Asset Manager

Karla Grilli

It's been about 5 months since I've joined the ICP team and it’s been a delightful experience. My journey began with a three-week induction training in London. Whilst it was my third time visiting London for work, I had never gone abroad for that long on my own before.

I truly enjoyed getting to know everyone and loved that I was able to do some traveling on the weekends as well.

Diageo team

My Diageo teammates taught me about our overall managed services and consultancy products. Including Change Management, User Management, Content Management, Rights Management Control and Brand Protection. As the NAM Project Delivery and Asset manager, I have been able to provide these services for Diageo in their New York offices. With DiageoSmartBrand.com being their main global platform for DAM, I hope to be able to travel to other Diageo locations to provide the same services.

Diageo cocktail

Engagement is super important. Even though emailing, formal meetings or conference calls have been the predominant means of communication, I learned during training that simply hanging out and having real conversations with my Diageo Teammates was the most effective way to build solid relationships in business and in life. Once we even hit the town for some very fancy cocktails in Soho for some team bonding. 

All good things must come to an end and it was time to get to work in the States. But not before Francesca came for a little NYC holiday weekend!

Diageo bar

Since my return to the States, I have been training the NAM brand teams and many NAM major agencies. Also, focusing on User Support and Digital Asset Management to ensure all Diageo NAM marketing campaign materials are present on the Diageo SmartBrand system. Besides traditional engagement, I have had a few opportunities to network during happy hour at the on-site Diageo bar. This is where I get to meet people that I’m already in contact with and also people in different roles, so it’s been a great way to immerse myself in the general Diageo environment. I feel confident in my role here in NYC and hope to visit other Diageo hubs in the NAM market soon.

Cheers 'til next time!

Karla Grilli
Project Delivery & Asset Manager


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