Tuesday, April 22, 2008

method profiles - colleen reilly

Oh look, it's method profiles! Ok, this is where we get the chance to learn a little bit about "who makes the method world go 'round!" Look for this special feature on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Colleen Reilly is SO lucky today, since my tooth is pulsating like a jackhammer (Ok, maybe not THAT much, but man oh man does it hurt) I'm gonna take a reprieve from my usual jabberings, and get right to the good stuff! Colleen's name can be found all around (ok, not in that way!), including making regular posts to the people against dirty blog on method's home site! (And does she not have the best hair! Trust me, she does! I could put like eighty products in my hair, and it falls flat. Her hair is so awesome! Perhaps it's the eighty products I put in my hair that MAKE it fall flat, but let's not dwell on that, ok...) Since she's wondering why I'm blabbing on about her hair now, let's just head on over to the to the Q&A!

1+ Your name, please? And do you have a nickname at method?
colleen reilly.  i don’t have a nickname that i’m aware of – could be that i’m too new (I’ve been here about 5 months), or that i just don’t know what my colleagues call me behind my back.

2+ What was your first method lust?
i bought other products first and really liked them, but if you’re talking LUST it has to be the old old version of our olive leaf body wash. i’d never smelled anything like it! luckily the scent got a do-over in our new line of natural moisturizing body care, which you can bet is in my shower right now.

3+ What brought you to method, the company? (How did you become interested in a career with method?)
 i started following method after we got named to Inc. magazines “Fastest Growing Private Companies” list in 2006 (that’s the first time i realized that method was in san francisco, where i’ve lived for 16+ years).  my very first job in san francisco way back when was with a pioneering socially responsible company, and i’d always intended to find another job eventually that enabled me to have a job and live my personal values at the same time.  and as luck/fate/destiny would have it, it turned out i had a friend who had a friend here who started the ball rolling for me. i feel very lucky to have found a place here.

4+ What is your title/dept. at method, and what is it you do there? How long have you been with method?
my “real” title is the director of advocate experience.  at method we don’t believe in the word “customer”; you’re an “advocate.”  everybody in the whole wide world is either an advocate, which means that she is already turned on to method, or a potential advocate, which means we just have to reach him with our message to turn him into an advocate. our advocates love us so much (yes, you’re a perfect example!) that the title i prefer to use is “president of the method fan club.” and i do everything in my power to make sure those fans feel happy and loved and have the tools they need to spread the word about us. it’s only been 5 months, but i’m definitely feeling the love!

5+ What is the biggest thing you are currently doing, besides using method products, to help out the environment?
 i think it’s more that i’m more conscious overall and do lots of little things, like finally finishing replacing the light bulbs in my house with CFLs, driving a lot less (even in my hybrid car), not buying bottled water unless absolutely necessary (i had to buy a bottle in an airport earlier this week + was mad about it). we are lucky enough to have a tiny little yard in the city and we just got an electric lawn mower. it’s pretty funny to be pushing a lawn mower on a 30-foot extension cord!

6+ Who's the last person you've turned onto method?
a good friend in seattle who has a couple of little ones.  of course, it didn’t take much to turn her on to squeaky green baby + kids – moms love the stuff!

7+ Which one best describes you as a person? Pink Grapefruit, French Lavender, Cucumber, or Go Naked?
 hmmmmm ... i guess pink grapefruit.  i can be sweet as they come but sometimes a bit tart too. (not a bit OF a tart – that would be, um, totally different.  more like go naked!)

Thank you so much Colleen! Do these people rock, or what!

Check back on Tuesday for the next method profile!

Our previous method profiles:
Drummond Lawson
Sangita Forth

1 comment:

steve parker said...

"president of the method fan club." lucky woman, that job sounds fun! i envision method advocates the world over gathering woodstock style and have a pep rally led by colleen. "director of advocate experience," her actual title, sounds cool too. method could be the feng shui of cleaning + personal care products.

i am enjoying these method profiles more than i originally thought i would. i knew method had a fun image, but it seems more like an non-job, as if method employees are so tickled to go to work they can hardly stand themselves.

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