Liberal Arts = Appreciation of Diversity + Adaptation
Adrienne (Saputo) Hoyt ’05
While at Carthage: Religion major, J-Term traveler, theatre fellow.
Now: Manager of Business Operations and Administration at CNN, overseeing logistics for planned and breaking news.
Skills honed at Carthage: Working with all kinds of people, adapting to all kinds of tasks, and constantly trying something new. “Anything I ever did was something I had never done before.”
As manager of business operations and administration at CNN, Adrienne (Saputo) Hoyt ’05 jokes that her role is “the least sexy part of what you see on the news.”
You won’t see her team of eight embedded in war zones, but its hidden work keeps the cameras rolling at the Atlanta-based network. Ms. Hoyt oversees business operations and logistics for planned and breaking news.
“It’s the behind-the-scenes work that greases the wheels and makes things happen,” she said.
For someone who came to Carthage intent on majoring in music and eventually gravitated to religion, the road to a business career — Ms. Hoyt just completed a Master of Business Administration program in May — has been a rewarding, if unexpected, journey.
“I appreciate now the education I got at Carthage so much more,” she said.
She draws daily from the pool of lifelong skills she gained at Carthage. Maybe the biggest is working comfortably with people from different backgrounds.
Ms. Hoyt sculpted that appreciation for diverse viewpoints during deep discussions in religion classes with James Lochtefeld and other professors, and during a series of eye-opening international experiences. Like singing in an open-air Tanzanian church with the Gospel Messengers choir, or studying the Psychology of Socialism in Cuba during J-Term.
“There’s an open place for you to have actual dialogue about issues,” she said. “You’ve got a syllabus, but the mentality wasn’t like ‘Oh, we have to plow through here, check these boxes.’”
That serves her well at CNN, where she said diversity of thought is baked into the corporate culture. She’s grateful that she was able to nurture that passion in college, saying it’s “very difficult to acquire later in life.”
News changes at the speed of life, so her position also demands resourcefulness. Wearing “absolutely every hat” in a previous job at the American Cancer Society honed that skill, but Ms. Hoyt can trace its roots back even farther — to a stint as a Carthage theatre fellow.
“Anything I ever did was something I had never done before,” she said.
Only now, instead designing the set for Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” you might find her backstage coordinating seating, logistics, and celebrity presenters’ arrivals on the set of the “CNN Heroes” awards show.