Emily Chambers, BCom'09, MMA'14

November 24, 2017

Why did you choose Smith/Queen’s?

I chose Smith Commerce because I was attracted to the prospect of being surrounded by the best and brightest. I liked that it was a prestigious school, but also that there was a strong sense of community on campus. It also didn’t hurt that Queen’s University is the only school with a castle in England [Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex], which I was able to attend in third year!

When I was deciding to pursue a Master’s degree, I looked at programs with a focus on analytics. However, at that time, most analytics programs were highly technical and research-based. Smith was among the first schools to offer an analytics program focused on business application. And because I could continue working in Toronto while pursuing the degree, it was an easy choice for me.

Any advice you’d give your student self?

I would say relax and enjoy the experience. When you’re in a program where everyone is used to being at the top of the class, it can be very competitive, particularly in first-year. Looking back, I wish I had put less pressure on myself to do well and instead focused on getting the most out of all that Queen’s and Smith have to offer.   

What do you enjoy most about working at Disney?

The endless opportunities available here. In particular, the revenue management team works with businesses across the Walt Disney Company. So, in the three years that I’ve been with the company, I’ve been able to work with ABC Digital, A&E Networks, and now Disney Theatrical Group. There are always new challenges to take on, so I can’t imagine ever getting bored here.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?

My latest project was developing the pricing system for Frozen, which will join The Lion King and Aladdin on Broadway this spring. It is very fulfilling to know that this work will have a measurable impact on the business for years to come. On top of that, I’ve always been a fan of musical theatre so this was a dream job for me. I was invited to see a preview of Frozen in Denver, and as I sat in the audience, I couldn’t help think how impressed my high-school self would be in that moment.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I am a huge music nerd!  I have always been involved in music in one form or another, including playing in a samba band while at Smith and, more recently, singing in the Candlelight Choir at Epcot, where I performed onstage with celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris. That’s just one of the perks of working for Disney!