Dora's Open Road

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Costa Mesa, CA

DORA YARID

Regional Vice President of Sales
Fossil Group, Inc.

“Even if you’re not always contributing, listen and learn. Reach out to people who’ve had different experiences and learn new things.”

INTERESTS:

Business Fashion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Exploration Hard Work Confidence Community Success Determination Courage

FOUNDATION:

Working with Others

TAGS:

advice, busy, change, confidence, curiosity, different, experience, fun, happy, learning, questions, reading, responsibility, scared, school, study, team, teamwork, technology, work

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Growing up, she worked at a clothing store that had been in her family for three generations.
  • Her father would take her on buying trips to New York, and those were exciting to her—she knew she wanted to be a buyer when she grew up.
  • She went to Miami University, where she decided that if she wanted to run a retail store, she should get a degree in business; during her courses, she found she also excelled in marketing.
  • After graduating, she took a job at a department store, where she found a mentor with whom she stayed in touch with for years afterward.
  • She stayed with that store for five years, but her job there required a lot of travel—when she started to settle down and start a family, she knew it was time to make a change.
  • Her mentor had ended up starting his own business—which became Fossil—and when she reached back out to him, he offered her a job.
  • She’s been with the company for 27 years and chalks up her success to the connections she’s made and her commitment to staying curious and learning about her job.
  • As a manager, she says that her personal definition of success is when the people around her feel excited by, and engaged with their work.

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