Taria is a brand manager for iconic products like Starburst® and a leading voice for community engagement.
What surprised you most when you joined?
I was taken aback by how much learning is embedded into the culture and infrastructure. I have access to Mars University where I can take courses at the Marketing College, Sales College, or Leadership College. If I wanted to learn a completely new skillset, I'm encouraged to join classes during Associate Development Month.
How does Mars provide opportunities for growth?
The Starburst® brand marketing team is lean. Big decisions are made at my level and my voice is heard. Mars also provides me with support through their 70:20:10 development philosophy. This framework suggests that 70% of your learning is on the job, 20% through mentorship, and the other 10% through your independent pursuit of information and skills.
What project are you most proud of?
My journey to where I am in corporate America has made me passionate about developing diverse talent. I became involved in our partnership with Management and Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) just after I joined Mars. MLT equips diverse candidates with skills and coaching to thrive in business school and their careers. My work led me to be a finalist for the Make the Difference Award, a global award that Mars gives to recognize Associates who put The Five Principles into action and have a personal commitment to improving our communities. I’m thrilled that we now have a strong diversity recruiting team and our partnership with MLT is a best-in-class partnership.
How does your work tie into a larger purpose?
Mars prioritizes its people and its community above all else, through activities like off-sites, happy hours, and community service activities. For the past 2 years, my team has organized a trick-or-treat day for inner-city children. What started off as a team event rippled throughout the entire company. We lay out mountains of candy, transform the conference room into a zombie tomb, and have more than 80 kids come play. Having grown up in inner-city Chicago, I’m passionate about connecting with the community around us and grateful that Mars provides those opportunities.
Some interesting facts about Mars
Mars is a private, family-owned business with more than 80,000 Associates in 78 countries worldwide. Associates are guided by The Five Principles, and they put those Principles into Action every day.Share
With net sales of more than $33 billion, Mars has six different business segments with some of the most beloved world-class brands that have been around for more than 100 years.Share
For the fifth year in a row, Mars made Great Place to Work’s “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” top 25 list, in addition to other workplace accolades across markets—including being named a Great Place to Work for millennials.Share
Mars takes learning and development seriously. Through Mars University, its global development curriculum, Associates had access to 478,193 hours of training in 2015 to broaden their experience, skills and leadership competencies.Share