Living the Corporate Dream: My Trip to Governors Island
Last week I was able to experience what every young professional dreams of… my first business trip! After being asked to go, there were so many things to consider. What would I bring? How would I get there? And most importantly, what would I wear?
Since I was traveling down with Timberland’s Values Marketing lead, I assumed that we would take a train to the Nature Needs Heroes event on Governors Island in New York to minimize our carbon footprint. To my surprise, due to the time constraints of making the entire trip in one day, we needed to travel by air.
The morning of, I got up at 3 AM, put a head-to-toe Timberland outfit together (rocking my EarthkeepersTM Bethel Buckle boots) and got to Logan a solid hour and forty minutes before my flight. Aggressive? Maybe. But my first trip jitters were getting the best of me, and it was not without a few hiccups. Between a last minute flight cancellation, getting dropped off at the wrong address and missing the first few ferries to the island, I was starting to feel like my first business trip was experiencing a little turbulence…
When I finally made it to the Governors Island event, I was taken back by how our North America Marketing team didn’t miss a detail: Between the mason jar beverage glasses, recycled shipping container displays, locally sourced food and plant-your-own-tree station, they had thought of everything. And the journalists at the event seemed to have the same reaction I did. One writer complimented, “this is so Timberland!”
The outdoor event was so serene with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty directly across from us. Guests were laying in hammocks, playing outdoor games, checking out our Fall 10 and Spring 11 EarthkeepersTM products and taking bike tours around the island with smiles on their faces. I especially liked seeing our tree planting videos playing in one of the shipping containers, partially because I helped gather those assets for the event, but mostly because it was great to see our global tree planting commitment story being told alongside our products.
After the event ended, we headed to the Timberland Soho store where I had the opportunity to meet other members of the Timberland team, who did a great job helping me pick out my new Quilted Light Down-Filled Jacket. I couldn’t go to Soho and not go shopping!
When the day was over and I was walking back to my car at the airport with ready-to-expense receipts for my travel expenses in-hand, I concluded that my first business trip was a success. I can only hope that my work at Timberland will bring me to even more new and exciting places. And just in case my manager reads this… I’ve always wanted to go out west
Timberland Global Marketing Associate