Crimson Catch Up: Amy Reinhard ’96

Amy Reinhard '96 is a pioneer. Not only was she the first Harvard softball alumna to be inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame after a record-setting career on the diamond, she was also a member of the first Harvard women's basketball team to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Amy continues to be a pioneer today as the Vice President of Content Acquisition for Netflix. Earlier this summer she spent time reflecting on her experiences at Harvard, how those experiences have influenced her career, and what she is most proud of since Commencement.
 

Name & Class Year: Amy Reinhard ’96, MBA ‘02
Current Title & Employer: Vice President, Content Acquisition - Netflix
House: Winthrop
Concentration: Sociology
Sport(s): Softball, Basketball


When I think about my time at Harvard, the first thing that comes to mind is…

All the fun we had in such a pivotal time in our lives.  I am so incredibly lucky to have had that opportunity and experience.

What I’m most proud of during my time at Harvard is…

Winning the Ivy League title in basketball my senior year and being the first Harvard women's basketball team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Harvard helped me to…

Think big and appreciate differences.  I loved the diversity of the college and meeting people from all over the US and the world. 

Being a student-athlete taught me…

The value of hard work, putting in an honest effort, being selfless, and never giving up.

My career path has been…

Pretty steady but interesting.  My parents always wondered how I was going to apply my undergraduate degree in Sociology and I feel like I use it every day in Hollywood!

Throughout my career I have learned that…

People skills and leadership matter.  Almost more than anything else.  And having the experience of being on a team with different personalities, different backgrounds, and different skill sets but going after a common goal lays a GREAT foundation.

My most important career move/decision was…

Come over to Netflix at the end of 2016 and make the jump from “legacy” media to “new” media.

I enjoy my work because…

I get to watch and talk about TV and films from all over the world.  Every day.

What I’m most proud of since Commencement is…

Helping to raise the Harvard women's basketball endowment in Kathy Delaney-Smith’s name!

When my teammates and I get together, we always…

Laugh.  A lot!  And reminisce.  We slip back into that old familiarity in no time and no matter how much things have changed in our lives, when we are together it’s like nothing ever changed...

The most important piece of advice I can give current student-athletes is to…
Enjoy your time at Harvard and make the most of it.  You’ll never have another chance like it in your lives.
 

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