SPOTLIGHT: MARIE DILEMANI
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal
Marie (Dugo) Dilemani is Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for Corporate Social Responsibility for NBCUniversal, and a proud career-long peacock who started as an intern in 2009 before joining the Page Program. Marie spent 5 years each at NBCUniversal Local and then at MSNBC, where she was the key marketer for breaking news, elections, and special coverage, including the award-winning Plan Your Vote and Plan Your Vaccine PSA campaigns. Marie graduated with honors from Vassar College in 2011 and received NYWICI Foundation Scholarships in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
What inspired you to join NYWICI?
My mother, Janet Warren Dugo, was a NYWICI member when I was growing up, in addition to being a VP of Marketing on Wall Street and a single mom since 1997 when my father died. She modeled what it meant to be a strong, successful woman in every sense of the word. When it came time for me to apply for college, she also made sure I applied for a NYWICI Foundation Scholarship – and to say it changed my life would be an understatement!
What piece of career advice do you live by?
Treat others the way you want to be treated, especially your direct reports. A strong team speaks to your strength as a leader, so don’t be precious about doing all of the work, nor taking all of the credit.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I was classically trained in opera as a Soprano 1 in high school and college.
What’s the best thing you’ve watched/ listened to/ or read recently?
“Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America” by his speechwriter Cody Keenan. It’s a great read as a communications professional, but also as an American (especially right now).
What 5 people living, or dead would you invite for dinner?
Ina Garten, Mick Jagger, Winston Churchill, my husband, and my dad