Where Are They Now? Allison Palmer '17MBA

April 24, 2018

Allison Palmer

Allison discusses her new role as Associate Brand Manager of Homecare Innovation for Seventh Generation.

What does your job entail? 

As the new Associate Brand Manager of Homecare Innovation, my position supports product innovation for Seventh Generation’s Homecare business. This includes leading all aspects of new product development from ideation to product execution. I use my communication skills to collaborate with Consumer Insights, Project Management, Research & Development, Supply Chain and other cross-functional partners. My responsibility is to support innovation within a growing business and multi-category environment.

How did Simmons prepare you for your career? 

Simmons School of Business was instrumental in giving me the qualifications I need for this role. Beyond the MBA qualification, success in this position is dependent on my ability to work with cross-functional teams and promote innovation across the organization. My classes and experiences in the Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship concentration, particularly classes with Professor Teresa Nelson, prepared me for this role. Similarly, negotiation and teamwork skills, which I learned in our Negotiation class with Professor Paula Gutlove, are critical to successfully navigate diverse teams.

As a recent alum, what do you look forward to most in your career?

My goal entering Simmons was to develop the skills and education I needed to create positive change in the workplace. I'm excited to join an organization that has pioneered the idea of responsible and sustainable corporate behavior and product development. Looking forward, I'm eager to continue to hone my management skills and become a leader at an organization that, while over 40 years old, is transitioning ownership to Unilever, a national conglomerate. 

What advice would you give to current Simmons students?  

Beyond honing your networking skills and developing your analytical and finance capabilities, I would urge Simmons students to never settle in their career choices. No matter what a student may be interested in doing, there's a real opportunity and need for Simmons graduates to become leaders in their respective fields—and it's entirely possible to find it deeply rewarding.