Leah Williams - BS'15

Business Management and History | from Roanoke, VA

I get to work every day to improve the lives of one of the most intelligent, beautiful and complex creatures on earth.

How long have you lived in Nashville? 3 years - time flies when you're having fun!

What do you do for work? Marketing Coordinator at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee (and own a bachelorette party planning company on the side, as well as a photography business).

How did you get into your line of work? I graduated with a business degree, but I knew I wanted to do something more "exciting" than just sitting at a desk all day staring at Excel spreadsheets or making phone calls. I found out about this thing called the music business, and packed up for Music City! I worked for an agency doing social media, email marketing, graphics, and website maintenance for musicians, Broadway actors, TV stars, and other brands. Within a couple years, I realized my passions didn't completely lie in entertainment. I wanted something more fulfilling, so I traveled for a bit to figure out what fulfillment might be. After working with elephants in Thailand, I noticed a job popped up at The Elephant Sanctuary, just 80 miles southwest of Nashville. They needed someone to do graphic design and video editing for their marketing department, and luckily that was exactly what I had been trained to do when I worked in music. It was the perfect fit and incredible timing! Now I get to work every day to improve the lives of one of the most intelligent, beautiful and complex creatures on earth.

When you're not working, how do you kick back in and around town? I love eating (Burger Up, Taj Indian food, Sam + Zoe's, and Bakersfield are some of my favs), going to dive bars and breweries, seeing movies at the drive-in theater in Watertown, cheering on the Sounds, walking the Pedestrian Bridge for good views of the city, attending Broadway shows at TPAC, going to 12 South for popsicles, watching salsa dancing at Plaza Mariachi, driving outside the city to hike with my dog, and hanging with my fellow Hokies!

Hot Chicken - Yay or Nay? YAY!

Last words... For a fun short day trip, visit the Elephant Discovery Center in Hohenwald (I might be biased though). Broadway is better on the weekdays because it's less crowded :) It's okay to be touristy in your own city sometimes (but not all the time) i.e. Pedal Taverns. Try the taco stands on Nolensville Pike even though they may look sketchy! Football game watch parties at Smokin' Thighs are a blast - come join us! Even though it's not technically Nashville, Franklin also has some fun hangs and good eats.



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