TGIF! This week’s Featured Employee is a Professional Services Consultant based out of our Beltsville office. Jenn is originally from Sparta, New Jersey and graduated from Clemson University.
Jenn joined Vocus in April 2014. When asked what her greatest accomplishment has been at Vocus, Jenn says, “I don’t think I’ve been at Vocus long enough to truly have a benchmark career accomplishment, but I like to think I have proven myself as a team player amongst the other PSCs, and someone they all can rely on…or at least have a good laugh with ”.
If you would like to know more, connect with Jenn on LinkedIn.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I consider myself somewhat of a Renaissance Lady, so this list is ever-growing. When I’m not at Vocus creating Boolean strings and refining media monitor terms, I am working out … a lot. Keeping physically fit is a huge part of my life: I do crossfit, run marathons, and ref women’s lacrosse. As a result, I have about fifteen pairs of mis-matched athletic socks – I swear the more I buy the less chance they come out of the laundry as a pair. I also really enjoy art – I wanted to be an artist when I was younger, but that doesn’t really pay the bills in modern society. I paint, sketch, and do some freelance graphic design. My Mom is a super talented water-color painter and my Brother is a solo musician, so I think the creative gene runs in our family. I also really enjoy reading – anything from a suspenseful fiction novel, to a “how to” on stock investing. It is the best way to gain knowledge and perspective. Finally, I’m not sure if you would consider this a hobby, but I am really good at remembering movie quotes, which positions me to be an asset in a game of trivia or Catch Phrase.
Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: Assuming anyone ever in the world, Leonardo DaVinci, the Renaissance Man himself. I find it fascinating that his ideas and inventions are still relevant today, hundreds of years later. And of course, I could ask him why Mona Lisa has that smirk on her face…
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: Does Chik Fil A Sauce count as a food?
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Charleston, SC. My parents retired there last year and the diversity of the city is amazing. Great food, great weather, great culture.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My lacrosse stick. I have had it since high school and played with it during college. Unfortunately I do not currently play, so my stick now serves a new purposes as a potential weapon against burglars and conveniently rests near my front door. I live in Baltimore … you’ve seen the show “The Wire”, right?
Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?
A: Two things – this can apply to any new employee at any company. 1. Be a sponge. Soak up all and any information you can about the company and its operations – even if it may not relate directly to your role or department. Seeing the bigger picture is always better than the little picture. 2. “Drink the kool-aid, but don’t get caught at the cooler.” This is one of my favorite quotes – it means be open to all opinions, but don’t be a victim of groupthink. If you hear a co-worker say something negative, understand why they may think that way, but don’t automatically think it is true and say the same thing. Make judgments on your own accord. I have found this extremely helpful in and outside of the office.