5 Questions With … Liliana Alston-Swan

Liliana Alston-Swan has hit the ground running since joining the Studio last month. But that shouldn’t be a surprise: Lily has thought a lot about running, and jogging, and walking...
5 Questions With … Liliana Alston-Swan

Liliana Alston-Swan has hit the ground running since joining the Studio last month.

But that shouldn’t be a surprise: Lily has thought a lot about running, and jogging, and walking for that matter, over the last 10 years or so. 

Before stepping into her current role as manager of creative, Lily spent the last decade in the footwear industry, most recently managing creative operations and art direction for Sperry. Prior to that, she was at The Rockport Group, where she served as a manager of creative services and global brand marketing.

Lily has developed a rare combination of skills over her career, merging natural creativity with left-brain technical and analytical thinking. And this was evident early on, clearly illustrated in her academic pursuits: She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in both international business and French. That should give you a pretty good hint about where her dream vacation would be …

Q: If you could take a vacation to any place on earth right now, where would you go? What’s your ideal vacation?
I would love to go back to France and do it right. I did a weekend trip into Paris traveling from London as a college student and left so many things for the Sunday (when everything was closed!). I can’t stop thinking about Paris and France to this day – I wish I was able to do and see more. A weekend was just not enough.

Q: What were your favorite toys when you were a child?
I was a big Barbie fan and I loved art sets and markers. A new art set was the highlight of every Christmas, along with the Barbies and a VTech laptop I remember playing with endlessly one year.

Q: Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies that people at work would be surprised to learn?
Not a hobby per se, but I love anything and everything Christmas. I can decorate my home and wrap gifts in the most festive way. Christmas is magic!

Q: We’re at a karaoke bar and you’re up first. What’s your go-to song?
“No Scrubs” by TLC. Every time.

Q: What would you title the movie of your life, and who would you want to play you?
It would be a sitcom and not a movie. I love TV, especially sitcoms, much more than movies. It would be called “Queen of the House.” I live in a house with my husband, two boys, and two boy dogs – so I am outnumbered as the only gal – truly the queen of my house.

Also, I picture this to be filmed like one of my favorite late ’90s/early 2000s sitcoms – “The King of Queens,” featuring my wacky mom as the hilarious in-law and my day-to-day comedic struggles to keep up with suburban working-mom life.

And I would want J-Lo to play me because I love her! I’m a J-Lo fan girl!


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