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Experienced digital product management executive to give Dec. 2 Orser lecture

November 24, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Kristy Young, a digital product management executive with expertise in sports media, digital marketing, mobile and new business spinoffs, will present "Thinking Big, Starting Small," on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4:10-5 p.m. in Reid Hall 108 on the Montana State University campus. The lecture is part of the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum and is free and open to the public.

According to Young, students from small schools and small towns have just as much of a chance as anyone else to succeed. As part of the lecture, Young is expected to discuss how individuals can leverage their education and experience to set themselves apart. She will also provide her perspective on jobs, internships and networking, as well as how to achieve goals.

Young recently moved to Bozeman, where she is the managing partner for blaZe interactive, LLC, which partners with a diverse group of businesses to provide guidance through new product development, business transformations and digital expansion.

Prior to relocation, Young spent 11 years in New York City in the sports media industry, most recently as vice president of product management for USA TODAY Sports Media Group. There, she led digital product initiatives across three divisions.

Young previously served as director of product management for ESPN Mobile, where she led product management for ESPN's mobile products. She also worked for US West, which later became Qwest and is is now CenturyLink.  

She served on the North American Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association from 2010-2012 and was included on Mobile Marketer's inaugural "Mobile Women to Watch" in 2010.

Young has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wyoming and earned a master of business administration degree from the University of Denver.

The MSU Jake Jab’s College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s David Orser Executive Speakers Forum is named for David B. Orser, a 1966 MSU graduate who started funding the program in 1988 in order to inspire MSU business students to pursue careers as innovative, responsible and ethical business leaders. For more information about the forum, contact Audrey Capp at (406) 994-7026 or

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or