Lara Melniker

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Media product leader Lara Melniker, in brief

January 4, 2022
2 minutes
Lara Melniker

Home: Rhode Island.  Birthplace: Los Angeles.  Title: Director of Product Management.  Alma mater: Yale University.

Hobbies: Surfing and any exercise that gets me outside.  Last book read: In Order to Live: a North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom, by Yeonmi Park.  Recent unique acquisition: I recently acquired an addiction to  Pickleball, which is like ping pong IRL!

How do you define an ideal business relationship? Genuine, shared enthusiasm for a common goal.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Nurses and teachers.  How do you relieve stress? Depends on the level of stress, but yelling alone in the car is always a good time.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Sunshine.  What is your go-to workout? Jogging – SLOWLY – uphill.

What is the best advice you received growing up? There’s no substitute for sleep. There’s no substitute for hard work. 🤔.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Lean into your strengths and trust your instincts.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Lightning speed internet for uninterrupted video streaming.  What is your go-to source of news and information? I’m really into newsletters lately.

What change would you like to see in the world? Greater tolerance and respect of others’ opinions and choices.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Stay curious.  What mega-trend most excites you? WEB3 and the metaverse.  So much potential for good.  What mega-trend most concerns you? WEB3 and the metaverse.  So much potential for evil.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? My father and grandparents.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A children’s book writer.  I’d still like to do that one day.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Surfing perfect waves with all my friends and family, a feast of every cuisine, live music and dancing until the very end.

Personal mission: Collaborate on exciting projects.  Have fun.  Spread love.  Favorite quote: "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" (Walt Disney).

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