This March, Borgata celebrates Women’s History Month by honoring their phenomenal female team members. Throughout the month, Borgata will be profiling associates who truly define what it means to be not only a remarkable woman, but a remarkable employee. In this post, we’re highlighting team members who work in our Communications and Marketing departments.
Denice Flick, Executive Director of Relationship Marketing
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? My favorite activity is when I get to sit face-to-face and talk to my customers who choose to spend their weekends with us here at their home away from home. The amazing thing is that I get to do this every weekend!
Who is someone you really admire? I admire my mom: her strength, hard work, and determination have provided a positive role model for me throughout my life and has contributed to who I am today.
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? My husband, my sons, and I volunteer with the South Jersey Field of Dreams. It’s an honor to be able to be a part of this organization to assist children and young adults, helping them play everyday sports such as baseball and basketball. It always brings a smile to my face to see their smiling faces when they are having fun.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher?Experience has been my biggest teacher. I’ll never say that I regret doing or saying anything. I believe that learning from experience, whether good or bad, only makes you stronger to face the next experience along the way and learn from it.
Sarah Kimble, Director of Marketing Services
Who is someone you really admire? My former boss, Kelly Ashmen, and my current boss, Bill Callahan.
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a child? Becoming a special advocate lawyer.
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be? Jessica Biel.
Liza Costandino, Director of Communications
What is the career highlight you are most proud of? There are many to choose from, but #Borgata15 is a recent highlight my team is quite proud of. Over the course of the summer, we implemented a strategic entertainment and marketing campaign to celebrate Borgata’s relevance as the marketing-leading resort 15 years after its debut. My team hosted more than 200 journalists throughout the course of the birthday summer, resulting in more than 2 billion media impressions.
What is your definition of success? There is no success without responsibility—and the greatest responsibility is doing what’s right.
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? As an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, I work with organizations to ensure LGBTQ+ rights are protected and guaranteed in and out of the work place.
Who, or what, has been your biggest teacher? Some of the most important, influential, and valued relationships in my life are with women. I wouldn’t be me without the incomparable support of my female peers and with them I know my strength is unyielding.
Queen Street, Loyalty Card Manager
How do you feel you impact the people around you? I feel I impact the people around me with my positive disposition and great customer service by being a role model for how to make customers feel welcome and comfortable. I try to make sure that everyone that steps foot in Borgata has a great experience.
What is one thing about you that surprises others? I always try to make sure people who are new to our area have someone to spend the holidays with. The holidays are the perfect time to bond with your family and I would hate for anyone to have to be alone during that time of the year.
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would you want it to be? I would want it to be Viola Davis. I think she is very strong and incredibly talented.
How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do for a living? She would be amazed and surprised at all of the technology and opportunities that have developed through the years. I don’t think I ever would’ve been able to imagine that I would be as fortunate to be in the position that I am in now.
Carie Wojdyla, Social Media Manager
What is your favorite activity in your current position and how often do you get to do it? My favorite activity is to work with my team to tell Borgata’s story by creating innovative content that drives awareness, traffic, and engagement. I’m lucky that I get to do this practically every day.
What is your definition of success? Being brave enough to challenge yourself to step outside of your comfort zone is my definition of success. It’s easy to stick to what you know or what comes easy. It’s the hard that makes something great.
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? I’ve volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Field of Dreams, and packed lunches for children to have while on summer break from school. It makes me feel great, knowing I made a positive impact on someone else. No matter what I’m personally going through, I always remind myself that somewhere out there, someone is going through something even worse.
What is one thing about you that surprises others? When people learn that I traveled to Thailand by myself to build a house with Habitat for Humanity.
Bette Lee, Executive Director of Asian Marketing
How do you feel you impact the people around you? I can only hope that I exude a positive energy and outlook that can gravitate towards others.
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a child? An FBI agent inspired by TV re-runs.
What qualities do you value in the people with whom you work? Kindness, honesty, and a strong work ethic.
Becky Thiry, Director of Digital Media
Who is someone you really admire? My parents! My dad instilled a very strong work ethic in us. He is calm, kind, and sincerely devoted to helping others. My mom set an example to strive for excellence in everything we do in life, and to also help others as much as you can.
Where do you volunteer and how has it impacted you? I volunteer with MGM Resorts Foundation opportunities that relate to youth, including United Way initiatives. I am grateful that with MGM, more and more volunteer opportunities are available to us.
What is one thing about you that surprises others? I have completed several half-marathons, marathons, and triathlons. I am always looking for something new to challenge myself.
How many years have you been at Borgata? 10 years. I started as a Nightlife Marketing intern in 2007 and returned as a full-time team member in 2009 as a Nightlife Marketing Coordinator. I left Borgata in 2015 for a very brief stint in digital marketing for a utility company. During that time, I realized how much hospitality was a core part of me, and returned to Borgata!