Get to know some Articulate employees doing amazing things all over the globe. In this interview, Software Engineer Sherry Umlah sat down for a conversation with International Product Operations Manager Melanie Peterson to talk Articulate, Internationalization, and passion for new places and cultures.
Sherry Umlah: So, Melanie, what’s your title at Articulate, and what does it mean?
Melanie Peterson: I work in international product operations. It means that I work together with the product operations and international sales team to help push forward our International ideas and goals.
SU: That sounds really interesting! What is your favorite part about working in International?
MP: I am very passionate about the world, learning about other places and people, and understanding that the world is not U.S.-centric. There is an entire world out there that does not speak English. Localization and internationalization are the way that we bridge these divides and learn more about each other.
SU: Where is home for you and where do you work?
MP: I live and work in West Chester, Pennsylvania, which is about 45 minutes west of Philadelphia. Go Eagles!
SU: Who dat?! Sorry, I’m a Saints fan. Speaking of which, have you been to New Orleans? As part of the international team, do you travel a lot for work?
MP: I have been to New Orleans twice. Once when I worked for Scholastic Books and once for a mixture of vacation and work. I even caught a Saints game. They were playing the Dallas Cowboys, so I clearly cheered for the Saints.
As for work travel, I don’t travel that much anymore, but this year I had the opportunity to go to London and Barcelona. Given my love of learning about new places and cultures, it’s really awesome when I do get these opportunities. But in previous jobs, I traveled a lot more.
SU: London and Barcelona? Amazing! Is there a place you’d like to visit that you’ve never traveled to before?
MP: I would love to go to Australia and Japan. I have never been to either country and those are places that I am dying to visit.
SU: What did you do before you worked at Articulate?
MP: I was a Strategic Program Director for a localization vendor and I managed the entire Apple program for my company. I had a team of 20-30 people worldwide who were responsible for several divisions at Apple, including Apple Retail.
SU: That sounds exciting and you sound incredibly passionate about your industry. In an alternate universe, if you didn’t pick localization/international as your career path, what other fields could you see yourself working in?
MP: I have a BSED in History and Political Science so I’d imagine it would be in politics or being a teacher. I love, love talking about history so maybe I’d be a good museum guide.
SU: I love your passion for the world, cultures, and history. It’s inspiring! Do you have a motto or personal philosophy?
MP: Well, my favorite quote is “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”
SU: I love it! What is your guilty pleasure or vice?
MP: Gilmore Girls and Dawson’s Creek on DVD/Netflix. I am still a teenage girl at heart.
SU: How about the last book you read?
MP: I Regret Nothing, by Jennifer Lancaster. It is a fun summer read, but I bet you were expecting a history book! The last history book I read was Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It’s 945 pages, but an amazing story and book about Abraham Lincoln. After that, I needed to take a break and read something fun.
SU: You’re a history buff and an Eagles fan. What else do most people not know about you?
MP: I was an exchange student in France when I was 14 years old. I lived and attended high school in a little town called Herblay (a little north of Paris).
SU: That must have been an amazing experience. I’m sure that experience added to your passion for other cultures and worldly view! One last question for you: What is the one thing you love most about working at Articulate?
MP: Just one? I would have to say the people. I have made some great friends here.