I’m Ariana Vergara-Johnson. I’m a Product Marketing Manager at Disney+.
As a proud first-generation Peruvian-American and member of the LatinX and LGBTQ+ communities, content and digital media align with my passion for storytelling. I truly believe creative storytelling can make an impact on the status quo and move the needle day by day.
Before Disney+, I attended The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business with concentrations in Economics and Strategic Management. Before that, I was at YouTube Kids as a Content Strategist.
I believe thus far in my career, I have carved a niche for myself in LATAM app launches.
My MBA internship at Disney Streaming Services and my prior employment at YouTube Kids began with the task of launching two very recognizable platforms in Latin America.
I am ESL and, for most of my life, I had seen that as a hindrance. So, the fact that Spanish was the gateway to me ultimately managing GTM launches for YouTube and Disney in EMEA, APAC and LATAM launches was unfathomable.
I have pivoted many times in my life: I am a med school dropout and a former software engineer – who knows where I will go next? I have no doubt that my career will lead me to work in the Product Inclusion Space.
Everyone’s journey looks a little different but you never know what personal experience or tool in your back pocket will make you stand out. My path has been windy and, frankly, I have always taken the path less traveled but it has been an adventure and I would not change it.
In my spare time, I am actively involved in the Business Employee Resource Groups at The Walt Disney Company. I am a Co-Chair for Pride and Latinx In Tech – my side job. It is time-consuming but, also, one of the most rewarding parts of my day: putting on a panel as a moderator on the importance of pronouns or enjoying the Queens of the Castro on zoom along with 400 of my friends. I also love to hike and will never turn down a road trip along with my wife and our two fluff dogs. I am an avid reader, runner, and binge-watcher of all murder documentaries/series/podcasts. I take Halloween and civil rights very seriously and will go out of my way to obtain the perfect venti-soy latté.
Ask me anything about content creation, product marketing, MBA Programs, pivoting career paths, the streaming wars, or anything else!