Name: Shani Verber
Position and department: Senior Internal Communications Manager, Marketing and Communications
Time at London Business School: 18 months
1. What does your typical work day look like?
It starts with coffee. Then more coffee. On a good day, I might run to work – it’s less than five miles door to door – and a resolution of mine to do it more often. Once I’m at my desk it’s non-stop. The Internal Communications team works with staff, students and faculty on projects right across the School, meaning there’s rarely a quiet minute. Typical tasks include advising students on how best to use internal communications channels; meetings with HR to discuss staff initiatives; briefing design agencies on major School projects, such as our 50th anniversary; editing news stories for Portal and issuing internal announcements from the Dean. And when I get home, I like to get creative in the kitchen!
2. You’re on the School’s Diversity Working Group. What’s that all about?
The Diversity Working Group drives the School’s diversity agenda forward. We work together to recommend best practice initiatives, help to ensure the School complies with legal requirements and encourage the development of policies relating to the diversity of students, staff and faculty. We also strive to increase awareness and understanding of such diversity matters, such as disability, gender and race. Read more about diversity at LBS.
3. What keeps you motivated?
My team and the energy in Marketing and Communications.
4. What’s your favourite spot on campus and why?
We’ve recently moved to a new office on Lorne Close, a short walk from campus. I love the new space. It’s open-plan and really helps get the creative juices flowing. (Of course, like most, I’m also a big fan of the front lawn in the summer!)
5. What is top of your bucket list?
Travel, travel and more travel.
6. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
My paternal grandfather (I never met him), Yotam Ottolenghi (to cook), Julie Walters (she’s funny), Salman Rushdie (for a bit of controversy), Mary Wollstonecraft (she’d be amazed to see how far us women have come), Adele (to sing) and my partner Will (for all sorts of reasons).
7. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Treasure those nearest and dearest; they won’t be around forever.
8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I received a distinction for my Masters dissertation on ‘Representations of Refugees and the Challenge of Cosmopolitan Conversation’
9. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be brave. It will pay off.
10. Tell us something surprising about you?
I was born in Israel and brought to the UK in a shoe box as a baby.
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