Behind the Scenes at Nerium: Let’s talk to Mary

By October 9, 2013People

Mary Nerium


You Know Her From Social Media, Now Get The Real Scoop!

What I love most about my role at Nerium is that I get to be a communicator. I love to serve up useful information in a digestible format. As the Social Media Manager, I get to communicate and have conversations all day long!

“Embrace and drive change” is a core value I associate with. For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived by the theory that if you don’t like something in your life, you’re capable of changing your situation. Change is inevitable, and change is great. After all, if technology hadn’t changed, my job wouldn’t exist!

People who stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular, inspire me.

Why not Nerium? No, seriously. I get paid to play around with social media, which is really kind of the best of everything ever invented. I get to work with some really smart people who make me laugh and share similar values and passions. I get to travel. So honestly: why not?

When I was younger, I never quite narrowed it down to wanting a specific job. I remember telling a teacher, when I was 7 or 8 that I wanted to be successful without hurting anyone to get that way. So far, so good.

I love everything about myself. I know that’s not very modest, but I learned a long time ago that it’s much easier to accept yourself. If you see something that you’d like to improve upon, take steps to do so. (But what I love the most is my nose. I have a fantastic nose.)

I will watch nearly any John Hughes flick, A Christmas Story, Gone With the Wind, Mean Girls, or anything in the Vacation series. I’ll also tune in to horrible Lifetime movies to snark on the dialogue.

My hobbies include running, eating chicken wings, cleaning the pool (I know, I know), and Twitter. Oh! And my dog! I have a rad dog.

I’m a sucker for bargain shopping. I also know quite a few show tunes. I feel no guilt for either skill.

I won the spelling bee in second grade. I’m still riding high from that. Oh, and I won the Nerium Experience award in 2012!

Some of my favorite foods are: wings, steak (as rare as it’s legally allowed), burgers, most cheeses (except Swiss), sushi, carbs, and hot chicken from Hattie B’s in Nashville. I really like food.

I think New Kids on the Block was the first concert I attended.

I am completely, unabashedly terrified of birds. I cannot stand them. They’re disgusting, foul creatures. I also eschew pasta. The smell, taste, texture, everything. Oh, and the smell of Cheerios makes me ill.

I got one of my scars from a feckless move in a second grade kickball game. And you thought second grade was all about winning the spelling bee – NO. It was so much more.

I have to know what’s going on, even if I haven’t told anyone. As long as I know what’s going on, I’m totally fine. (My copy of “So You Think You’re a Control Freak” is well-read.)

Six Feet Under, Portlandia, and anything NBC aired on Thursday nights through about 1998 are some of the best programming ever.

Nearly all of my pet peeves have to do with grammar: people who don’t use spellcheck. Writing, or reading, anything written in the passive voice drives me bananas. And sentences that end with prepositions: that is something up with which I cannot put.

If I could invite three people to a dinner party, they would be: Mr. Rogers (he taught us to look for the helpers in all situations), Jim Henson (the levels of creativity are absolutely staggering), and Wayne Brady (we’d tell jokes and sing show tunes together).

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