Current Occupation: Managing Director, Moguldom Studios
Favorite website: I’m pretty sure it’s Twitter.com! Yes, I read via the website.
Favorite read: Anything non-fiction about business.
Recent read: Act Like a Lady, Think Like A man—this was for work purposes, I promise!
2012′s ultimate goal: Make it better than 2011!
Quote Governing Your Mission or a Quote that Inspires You: “”I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. ” It’s from Nehemiah 6:3, and reminds me to stay focused on whatever mission I’m looking to accomplish.
Twitter handle: @calinative
Full disclosure: Madame Noire is owned by Moguldom Media Group. Phew, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get back to the task at hand. For this edition of Behind The Click, we highlight Liz Burr who is a techie in the video production world. She took her years of experience as a digital consultant and social media expert and applied it to her current position of managing director at Moguldom Studios, the video development arm of Moguldom Media Group.
What got you interested in tech?
I went to MIT initially as a Biology major, and many of my classmates were Computer Science majors, as this is a very popular major there. My classmates were always hacking things and making cool projects in their free time, and I felt left out because I couldn’t do any of those things. While I was very much an eager technology consumer in high school, I wanted to be able to make cool things without the help of my friends and classmates. After pledging my sorority (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), we needed a new website for our local chapter. I decided that instead of asking my (male) friends to help me build it, I would teach myself. So, I taught myself HTML, CSS and I loved it! I felt so empowered. Since then I’ve continued to teach myself other coding languages, and am generally very curious about how things work. My mother also knew some programming languages, and when I was a kid I used to read through her college course books for fun, so maybe that helped empower me on some level.
Did you already know what you wanted to do by the time you got to MIT?
Yes and no. I knew I loved Biology, but that I didn’t want to be a doctor. I knew I loved media, but wasn’t sure how being at MIT would help me with a career in media. I entered MIT with the mindset that I would double major in Biology and Media Studies and see what happened from there. I ended up later realizing I didn’t love Biology for a career path as much as I thought I would. Trust me–I forced myself to stick with Biology for 3 years in college, but eventually I dropped it and focused more on majoring in MIT’s Comparative Media Studios program.