"Hard work pays off" is a phrase that perfectly describes Angel Aristone, M.A. '15 and her career in communications. While completing her bachelor's degree, Aristone had the opportunity to intern at Six Flags' communication department where she also accepted a full-time position shortly after graduation. During her eight years at Six Flags, Aristone's dedication and work ethic enabled her to quickly move up the ladder within her department, transitioning from intern to coordinator, supervisor, manager, and ultimately to director. In 2011, she was recruited to join Clear Channel, now known as iHeartMedia, where she is currently the senior vice president of communications.
As the senior vice president of communications of one of the leading global media and entertainment companies, Aristone's team oversees the press for iHeartMedia, and all its 850 radio stations, including communications regarding the company's iHeartRadio digital music app, live events, promotions and crisis. Her career with iHeartMedia has been a nationwide journey full of challenges and adventures filled with music, travel and her favorite artists.
Aristone is always looking for ways to learn more about the profession she is in, this eagerness and passion for the communications field drove her to pursue a master's degree in communications. When discussing her decision to pursue another degree, the alumna commented that the most difficult part was finding a hands-on program that catered to students with a full-time job. After a long search, Aristone came across the Strategic Communication program at Seton Hall where she found her perfect fit. Aristone felt that the program was designed for executives like her returning to school, "The hybrid program allowed me to continue my career as I developed new skills through this program."
On her experience at Seton Hall, Aristone said, "The professors were so knowledgeable of what the field required, they shared their experience in the field with us in the classroom." For Aristone, this program was an opportunity to learn even more about relevant topics such as crisis communications and diversity in the workforce as she applied them in her role.
Among everything she is thankful for, Aristone places her parents at the top of the list for always being there to support her and guide her through difficult life decisions. The Pirate is also thankful for her mentors Wendy Goldberg, executive vice president and chief communications officer at iHeartMedia, and Angie Viera Barocas, long time media and advertising executive, for being strong and smart women leaders in the field and role models.
When Aristone is not working or spending time at the beach, she enjoys volunteering her time to the Rowan University Alumni Board, Seton Hall CHAMP Program and the Monmouth County SPCA Animal Shelter in Eatontown, New Jersey where she is a canine adoption counselor.
Aristone's advice to students is to be involved in their respective professional field, "There's no job [that is] below you; hard work will get you to the top," said the alumna expressing the importance of internships and entry-level roles to develop hands-on experience. She also highlighted the importance of human connection and going above and beyond to make an impression, "Don't be afraid to pick up the phone, being able to communicate in person and on the phone is key to making durable connections."
Angel Aristone is one of 100 alumni profiles Seton Hall Alumni Relations will feature this year in celebration of reaching an alumni network of 100,000. To read more about what great minds can do at Seton Hall, visit www.shu.edu/100K.