After graduating from FSU, Jodi M received a year of merchandise training at JCPenney. A year later, she was promoted to Merchandise Manager of Women's apparel at JCPenney. Within 3 years, she was promoted to Senior Merchandise Manager of Women's apparel. Duties consisted of hiring and managing staff, developing sales techniques,balancing a budget, purchasing apparel, and creating merchandise display layouts. Writing experience included monthly advertising for local newspapers.