By Catherine Woo
Welcome to NYWIFT Pallavi Bakshi! Following an incredible career in investment banking and equity research, Pallavi Bakshi is now part of Disney Streaming’s Strategic Finance team. Any given day might include reporting to executives, preparing data sets or market research. She has worked on projects for iconic brands in the Disney portfolio, including Marvel and Pixar.
Pallavi shares more about her dynamic days here!
How would you summarize your past experiences and career highlights in about 100 words?
My name is Pallavi Bakshi and I’m very excited to be joining NYWIFT as a Next Wave member. I started my career in Investment Banking, as an Equity Research analyst in the Consumer Packaged Goods sector. Some of my favorite companies I worked with were Nike, Peloton, and Monster Energy.
I made a career shift about one year ago, joining Disney Streaming’s Finance team based in New York where I manage a team to analyze the streaming platform’s marketing strategy.
What brings you to NYWIFT?
I decided to join NYWIFT as this is my first role in media & entertainment, and so I’d like to meet more women in the field. I’m also interested in learning about other aspects of media, especially creative or entrepreneurial roles.
What is a day in your life like? What drew you to a role in finance at Disney Streaming? `
I pursued this role due to my background in finance, my interest in joining a fast-growing, subscription-based business, and of course the magic of working for an iconic brand like Disney. My team supports reporting to executives, so on a given day we may be preparing a data set on latest subscriber trends, analyzing marketing support for an upcoming content release, or communicating KPIs to better understand marketing efficiency. No two days are the same given the constantly changing streaming environment.
As of today, which projects have resonated most with you and why?
I’ve particularly enjoyed working on projects around our Marvel and Pixar releases, as those are iconic brands in our portfolio.
If you could give your younger self any advice, what would it be?
A career isn’t a straight line, and while it’s nerve-wracking to make a career change, it can be very fulfilling.
What would you hope to see more of from Disney in the future? What sorts of stories and characters are exciting to you?
It’s been a turbulent few months, but I’m looking forward to seeing the upcoming slate of Disney streaming titles like Loki season 2 and our 100th anniversary movie Wish.
Do you have any upcoming projects we should look out for? Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I’d love to experience more on the production or creative side of media!
You can connect with Pallavi Bakshi on LinkedIn.
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