Alumni Profile - Olivia Holtz (MMktg '11)

Olivia Holtz

Name: Olivia Holtz

Current Position, Organisation: Strategic Relationship Manager at REA Group

Describe yourself in 3 words: Dynamic, Intuitive and Fast

Nationality/cultural identity: European

Languages spoken: English

Countries lived/worked in: New Zealand, South Africa, UK and Australia

Best book you have read in the last 12 months: The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk by Satyajit Das. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Daily website 'favourites': Wall Street Journal, Mumbrella, Australian Financial Review

Motto to live/work by: Live how you want to be remembered

Linkedin Profile: Olivia Holtz

Why did you choose to study at the University of Sydney Business School?

The University of Sydney Business School was appealing firstly in that the majority of students had at least two years work experience. This allows for a greater depth of class conversation and networking opportunities.

What is your most favourite memory from your time at the University?

I have formed many lasting friendships from my two years of study from a diverse and inspiring group of people. I greatly enjoyed all the hours we spent 'working' (more like socialising) on group assignments and the reward and recognition from getting the top mark in the class though our collaborative efforts.

What does being a University of Sydney Business School alumnus/na mean to you?

It is a connection to a well respected and sought after university. Also to know personally that I have sound academic backing in my knowledge and application thereof.

How did your time at the Business School change you both professionally and personally?

I secured a new job opportunity at the REA group, which is a leader in the Australian digital space. I have maintained my position for over two years and aim to continue to do so.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?

I studied part time and continued to excel in my professional career.

What has been the greatest accomplishment of your career to date?

Launching multiple new websites, mobile sites and apps. Also having the metrics to substantiate that achieved success. Achieving double digit growth in challenging economic times and building lasting client relationships.

What business person inspired you most?

Meg Whitman.

What are some of your favourite things about Sydney?

Fisher Library, MacLaurin Hall and Aquatic Center.

What would you say to a prospective student who is considering study at the Business School?

Enjoy the opportunity to develop yourself though study; also with the influence of your classmates and professors. You should make the most of it.