Combining Her Passions for Travel and Running
Durham Academy taught Nico Bollerslev Fox to always try to do her best. She took that lesson to heart, vowing “good things come to people that work hard.” That has led her professionally to a career in advertising analytics in New York City and personally to complete the six Abbott World Marathon Majors — running New York, Chicago, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo and London — before turning 30. “It was the hottest London marathon day on record," she said of her last race, on April 22. “But the feeling of elation upon crossing the finish line could not have been sweeter,” Fox said. Now she’s set her sights on the Seven Continent Challenge, running a marathon on every continent.
Q — What have you been up to since graduating from DA?
A — After four lovely years at Duke, I moved to Copenhagen for a year to work at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in a medical program. After deciding medicine was not the track for me, I took an advertising analytics role in NYC — kind of on a whim. Fortunately, it was the right decision, as I have never really left the field. I spent almost five years at Omnicom Media Group in programmatic analytics, and joined Facebook in early 2017. On the non-work front, I met my husband, Justin, in 2012. He came to my housewarming party, as he was a coworker of my roommate. The rest is history. We married in Copenhagen in July 2016, and currently live in Tribeca. We travel as much as we can, a passion of both of ours, and enjoy seeing family often. Luckily, my sister lives in NYC, and my parents and brother visit often!
Q — What are you doing now?
A — At Facebook, I am a Client Solutions Manager for Travel Advertisers. I recommend Facebook and Instagram products/solutions for Travel Suppliers to use to drive their business growth.
Q — Why do you do what you do?
A — I have loved the field of advertising analytics ever since getting into it, and being at Facebook offers the opportunity to work at a company with a global mission. Although times are tough at the moment, I truly feel that Facebook is building communities and bringing the world closer together. With a mission as new and scaled as Facebook’s, anticipating negative effects is becoming increasingly difficult. The role is challenging, fast-paced and gives the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technology and initiatives.
Q — What DA experiences influenced you or helped you get where you are today?
A — DA taught me to always try my best. Good things come to people that work hard. Through challenging courses and exotic opportunities, like studying abroad in Japan and Australia, I learned to appreciate culture and worldly perspectives. DA taught me to try new things, to push myself out of my comfort zone. The best successes only come after many failures, so if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Q — What are your interests away from work?
A — Two of my biggest passions outside of work are travel and running, and I’m particularly fond of coupling the two. I set a dream in 2016 to finish the six Abbott World Marathon Majors before turning 30: NYC, Chicago, Boston, Berlin, Tokyo, London. On April 22, 2018, a few months before my 30th birthday, I completed all six in London. It was the hottest London marathon day on record, but the feeling of elation upon crossing the finish line could not have been sweeter.
Q — What’s on the horizon for you?
A — Now that I have finished the six Abbott majors, I’ve officially begun to pursue the “Seven Continent Challenge” — running a marathon on every continent. Three down, four to go. Antarctica will be the biggest challenge. Other than running, I look forward to continuing to enjoy NYC and travel with my husband, family and friends.
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