Happy Friday! This week’s Featured Employee, Katy, is a part of the Cision recruiting team! Katy is an Associate Recruiter based out of our headquarters in Chicago. She joined the Cision family in July 2013. Katy is originally from Naperville, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago’s Buena Park neighborhood with her husband, Mark, and their Border Collie, Wrigley. If you couldn’t tell from the name of their dog, they are Cub’s fans! Katy graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. She went on to get her Master’s degree in Educational Administration specializing in Student Affairs.
If you want to learn more about Cision, connect with Katy on LinkedIn.
Q: If you aren’t at your desk, where are you most likely?
A: I treat the candy dish (and Mary Claire and Kristen) at the front reception desk as my personal therapist. There’s no better afternoon pick-me-up than a handful of sugar and a quick chat.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
A: I am training for my first Half-Marathon, as well as playing on an indoor volleyball team with a few other “Cisionites”, so that takes up the majority of my free time right now. As a recovering shopaholic, I’m trying to spend more time outdoors, wearing out my dog, and less time in the LOFT dressing rooms.
Q: If you could pick anyone in the world to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
A: Bill Murray. I’d also request that he speak in the voice of Carl from Caddyshack for the duration of our lunch.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: When Mark asked my dad for his permission to marry me, my dad’s only advice to him was that “any bad mood of Katy’s can be fixed with ice cream. Never, ever, run out of ice cream.”
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment at Cision?
A: I think I am most proud of the work I did recruiting for the Human-Filtered Broadcast team. We relocated an entire team to our Chicago headquarters and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment once that big project was wrapped up. Plus, now Jeffrey Marquez has an awesome team in place!
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I have recently become a bit obsessed with the “tiny house” movement. If I could live anywhere, I would live in a tiny house trailer (like this) and travel the US with Mark & Wrigley.
Q: What is your most treasured possession?
A: My engagement ring; Mark designed it using a diamond from a family heirloom so it was both “something old” and “something new” on my wedding day.
Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Cision?
A: Participate in everything! Cision really began to feel like my ‘home’ once I spent time with my colleagues outside of the office. Happy hours, Scandal viewing parties, recreation leagues, and team dinners during Chicago’s restaurant week were how my colleagues became my friends.