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Shay Moser: A born writer

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“I always knew I wanted to be a writer,” says Managing Editor Shay Moser. “I even started to write a children’s book series while I was still in grade school,” she says.

Shay is a Sun Devil, graduating with a BA in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School. After working a series of editorial and corporate communications jobs, Shay was inspired to come back to ASU.

“I missed the culture and energy of college,” she says. “My husband encouraged me to only apply for positions that might be my dream job. When I saw this one, I thought it was the perfect match,” says Shay.

In addition to managing the W. P. Carey magazine, Shay also writes content for the Research and Ideas blog, the KnowIT newsletter, and other content for the Marketing & Communications department. “I really enjoy talking to the source, and learning from the experts,” she says. “I love breaking down research into something people can relate to.”

But it’s not just the faculty that impresses Shay. She recently interviewed a student who inspired her.

“I met a MS-BA student from Buenos Aires, Argentina who just blew me away. He worked for Microsoft, but ended up doing a challenge for Wells Fargo where he won a full ride scholarship. He took a year’s sabbatical and came to W. P. Carey. Then, he won another challenge a few months ago. His story was amazing. There are so many people here from all over the world. It’s such a diverse place.”

One thing that surprised Shay about W. P. Carey was the relaxed environment.

“People typically think of business [and business education] as this sterile, corporate environment, but everyone here is so warm and laid back.” She says she appreciates the opportunity to do things in a mindful manner and not be pressured into churning out words.

“I love the culture here. I love our focus on quality over quantity. “ When she’s not smithing words, Shay enjoys hiking in the picturesque mountains surrounding Phoenix, particularly North Mountain.


What have you learned on another job that you’ve applied at W. P. Carey School?
While I was at Insight, my responsibilities also included social media. I learned how to push messages out to our brand advocates. It’s helped me be able to get more eyes on the amazing research our faculty are doing.

What’s your favorite W. P. Carey School event?
Homecoming. Every year I help at the W. P. Carey tent. It’s a really fun day.

What was your first job and what did it teach you?
My very first job was dental assistant. My dad was a dental supply salesman. When I was a teenager, he hooked me up with a dentist he knew and I worked in his office for a summer. I learned how to deal with various personalities and provide good customer service.

What is one of the best investments you’ve ever made in yourself?
Getting an education. That’s why I’m so excited to be doing a master’s program right now. Conferences are great if you’re looking for a nugget or two, but taking actual classes that teach you how to research and how to learn has really fueled my passion.

What is something in your field that you’d want to learn more about?
I’m looking forward to learning a lot about data and how to decode it for our readers.


What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Moving across the country in winter. I ended up driving in a snowstorm through Pennsylvania. There were like big chunks of ice stuck to my windows. My wipers wouldn’t even work. I was so proud of myself for making it to Phoenix in one piece. I will never do that again, though.

If you could be in any other career, what would it be?
Yoga instructor

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Israel. It’s got a lot of history.

What movie can you watch over and over?
The Shack. I totally cry every time.

What is something unusual that you love?
I teach beginning archery to Girl Scouts.


Salty or sweet? Salty
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Soda or energy drink? Soda
Cat or dog? Cat
Truck or car? Truck
Board games or video games? Board games
Fiction or non-fiction? Non-fiction
Facebook or face-to-face? Face-to-face
Breakfast or lunch? Breakfast
Morning person or night owl? Night owl