Everyone loves working with Publisher Development Enterprise Account Director, Meghan Hogan. Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, Meghan has been described as “one of the best out there” by her clients and we couldn’t agree more! Meghan was kind enough to dive into the importance of being a stakeholder, her favorite comfort food, and how she’s pushing past her comfort zone.
Have you worked in any other departments at CJ besides the one you’re in now?
I’ve always been a part of CJ’s Publisher Development team. I started as a Publisher Account Representative and have progressed through several roles on the team since then, working with publishers of all sizes and business models.
Describe your career trajectory. Where did you work before CJ and how did you come across the opportunity to work here?
Before CJ, I worked at a survey programming company as a project manager, handling client communication and coordinating with internal teams to ensure client needs were met and projects were delivered on time. As I was looking for new job opportunities in marketing (my college major), I came across a job post for CJ. I was intrigued by the company and excited to learn more since I wasn’t familiar with affiliate marketing. The CJ team members I met with during my interview impressed me with their friendliness, expertise, and passion.
What does your average workday look like in your role?
Each day is different in terms of what tasks and projects I’m working on, which keeps me on my toes and provides a variety that I really enjoy. In addition to client calls and emails, most days I will have internal meetings for either ongoing projects or product stakeholder groups. I try to be an active stakeholder in as many areas as I can, since it provides opportunities to learn about industry changes and developments, to connect with new colleagues and team members, and to advocate for publishers and facilitate their feedback that will shape new CJ products and functionalities.
What’s your favorite part about your job/working at CJ?
The people—the CJ Publisher Development team, the rest of my CJ colleagues, publishers, advertisers, and agencies!
What’s the best advice you ever received?
Surround yourself with people who lift you up and encourage you. I’ve found some of my biggest supporters at CJ (like my director!) and wouldn’t be where I am right now without them.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I was recently nominated for PerformanceIN’s One to Watch award, which was such an honor! Additionally, any time a client or colleague tells me that I’ve helped them in a way that made their life easier or was critical to their success, that’s really meaningful to me.
Hardest lesson learned?
There are only 24 hours in a day (sadly).
Who is your role model, and why?
My parents, who have taught me by example the value of hard work, perseverance, humility, kindness, and generosity. I’m so proud of their years of work that benefit current and future generations. My dad is an active part of the renewable energy industry, working and volunteering through federal and local organizations over the years to advocate for the increased adoption of renewable energy. And my mom is instrumental in ensuring that higher education students can secure the licenses they need to become teachers. They inspire and remind me that I can have balance in my life while also having a positive impact on the world around me.
On a Sunday morning at 11 am, we’d find you…
Cuddling with my dog, watching Harry Potter movies (specifically The Sorcerer’s Stone or Prisoner of Azkaban—the best ones!), or reading.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
The holiday meal that my mom makes (turkey, stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, butternut squash, and more) and my dad’s pumpkin pie. It’s all delicious and filled with love.
What’s the last book or article you read that resonated with you (career-wise or otherwise)?
I’m currently reading Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones. It’s about conquering your fear of what other people may think or how they may react and being true to who you are, what you want, and what you deserve while using your voice for kindness. Luvvie writes, “Insist on being uncomfortable and taking yourself outside your usual space to fight for other people who might not have the right to fight, or the voice, or the money, or the stature, or the positioning. That’s kindness.” Confrontation or being the center of attention makes me anxious, so I need to get out of my comfort zone and use the room and voice that I’m privileged to have to demand that myself and others be and do better.