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Everyone loves a good trilogy, right? Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future – you get the point. In honor of those great trilogies, Flying Cork is honoring National Women’s History Month (March) for a third month. This is the last and final post for the celebration, which we are now very sad to be concluding, but don’t worry it’ll be around again next year.

Our final employee is our intern-turning-fulltime-Marketing-Coordinator Sydney. Sydney is from Millersburg, PA with a (freshly earned) degree in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management from Point Park University. 

Q: What is the most valuable part of your day? 

A: The late morning because I’m not a morning person. Once I’m awake for an hour or two, that is when I’m the most productive.

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork? 

A: I’ve been able to learn an abundance of information and have been able to tackle new projects that have transformed into the new skills that I now have.

Q: Bagels or Donuts? Why? 

A: Bagels 100%. Specifically Brueggers’ cinnamon sugar bagel with strawberry cream cheese!

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you? 

A: Going With the Flow starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago? 

A: Be confident in your work and know that things will eventually fall into place.

Q: One thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: I’ve traveled to 42 of the 50 states, and have been on two cross-country road trips.

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick? 

A: My mom, my boyfriend, and Lady Gaga.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far? 

A: One of the best moments of my life has been moving to college. The feeling of being in a completely different atmosphere and living in the city was a whole new experience for me. Pittsburgh has given me so many opportunities that I am thankful for every day.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: Felicia McKinney without a doubt. She hired me on for my first internship position with Point Park’s enrollment marketing team my sophomore year of college. She has always supported me and has always given me the best advice and guidance when I’ve needed it. I would not be where I am today without her!

We normally start these posts with an explanation of why we’re still posting for National Women’s History Month in April, but do we really need a reason to continue celebrating the amazing women at our company?

Today we’re introducing you to the face behind our Facebook posts, Lauren. In addition to being a beacon of wit and sarcasm – an absolute revolutionary, really, Lauren is a marketing coordinator at Flying Cork, originally from New Kensington, PA. She has a degree in Mass Communication from Point Park University.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day? 

A: When I finally crash onto my bed and sit on Twitter for 45 minutes even though I told everyone I already “went to sleep.”

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork? 

A: Flying Cork is actually my first full-time job out of college, and so in that sense alone I have learned and grown so much. I’m learning how to operate working in a full-time agency, how many different jobs I am actually able to do, and I have come to realize that content creation comes in many different shapes and forms that were previously unknown to me.

Q: Bagels or Donuts? Why?

A: That depends. Am I getting coffee? Then a donut to balance out the bitter taste. Am I just picking up a quick bite while running out the door because I’m perpetually late? Then an everything bagel with garden veggie cream cheese.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you? 

A: The title would probably be the sound you make when you didn’t hear something the first time, like “Huh?” or “What was that, again?” and the actress would HAVE to be Raini Rodriguez.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago? 

A: All of the people that you think “have it together,” don’t really. They’re just faking it. It’s ok to not have it figured out.

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick?

A: A five-star chef so we still eat good, a scholar of a subject I don’t know a lot about so that I can at least learn something while we’re trapped in there, and probably my sister.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far? 

A: Any time I have traveled. The feeling when I’m about to go to a new place is indescribable. One of my favorite moments so far would probably be when I kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: Last year from January to August, I worked as an intern and then contributor for the Pittsburgh City Paper, where I had the pleasure of meeting now editor-in-chief Lisa Cunningham. She was very encouraging, even when I felt in doubt of myself and my abilities (which was a lot) and I cannot thank her enough for making me feel like I was good enough and being so willing to answer me when I had questions (also a lot).

For those of you who are new around these parts, March was National Women’s History Month but because we love our female employees so much, and NOT because we got someone new to run social media who was a little confused at first (It’s a learning process, ok?), we’re continuing the celebrations into April.

Meet our Public Relations Associate – Evangeline. A lover of glamour and twirly dresses, Evangeline is originally from Turtle Creek, PA and has a masters in Entertainment Industry Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day?

A: My morning quiet time for reading and meditation and my workout. It sets the tone for the rest of my day, puts me in a centered frame of mind and gets my mind and body working and ready for the day’s challenges. Of course, it also means I’m contradicting my inherent night-owl-ness, but so far I’m finding I like being a morning person and my day is more productive and enjoyable this way.

Q: How have you developed professionally since starting at Flying Cork? 

A: My background is in the business side of entertainment with an emphasis on film and TV production, so Public Relations is a whole new skill-set. By nature I’m a “people person” so this has been great for using and developing my communications skills further. Part of PR and content creation has played to my strengths too, logistics and planning – I love planning events or productions, the budgets and schedules, getting the details just right. I’d say the way I’ve most developed professionally since starting with Flying Cork is honing my writing skills for communicating with the media while exercising my logistics skills.

Q: Bagels or Donuts? Why? 

A: Yes? I don’t understand the question. Both? Is this a trick question? Do they come with coffee?

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be and what actress would play you?

A: “The Girl Who Forgot To Dance” with Reese Witherspoon. Every story has an arc, and even though mine features a tough glamour girl, the process of becoming her is the real story.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago? 

A: Everything worth having takes effort. Be a duck; stay calm on top and keep paddling hard.

Q: What’s one thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: It’s fun to see people’s surprised reactions when I, the glammed up, full-face of makeup, woman in a twirly 50s dress, tell them that I play with swords. I’m a German Longsword fencer in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). I study medieval and renaissance manuals translated from Old High German and Italian, and practice with modern safety gear. I love how it builds my physical strength and mental toughness, and I’ve made a lot of great friends through this sport. Also, I know how to knock a cork out of a bottle of champagne with a sword.

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you choose? 

A: My best friend because we talk all the time, my HEMA fencing coach, it would be like private lessons for a month (!), and my personal business mentor, so she could coach me on working on my personal business. After a month, I’d come out of that train feeling totally rejuvenated, a much better fencer, and having crushed my business goals.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far? 

A: Graduation day from Carnegie Mellon was pretty great, but my best moments have been “I can do the thing!” moments. Seeing the pride and joy in my fencing coach’s face when I executed a beautifully clean technique in a tournament, or my best friend’s (and motion therapist) excitement seeing me fence and dance better than I have in many years. One of my best moments was during the awards dinner for HEMA fencing tournament I organized at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. After all the speeches were made and the awards given out, my co-organizer made a short speech recognizing me for all of the work I put into the event, and it nearly brought me to tears to see the whole dining room full of my friends and fellow HEMA practitioners give me a boisterous standing ovation. It was so wonderful to be appreciated and recognized for months of hard work done so that my friends could have a good time.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: I’ve had several female mentors but the female professional who has made the most profound impact on me is Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was a visionary woman in her day and built a company on the priciple that any woman can achieve anything, and that when a company is built with and acts with integrity, everyone around it benefits. She was featured in Forbes as the preeminent American female entreprenuer, and I think what speaks to me most is the combination of grit and love with which she approached every challenge. Her business principles of putting people first and allowing them to use their unlimited potential has built so much confidence and strength in my life, taught me to set goals, and make achieving them non-negotiable.

As you may remember from last week, we’re continuing our posts for National Women’s History Month into April, in a highly anticipated sequel that not even all of The Avengers movies combined could beat. We’ll call it Women’s History Month Part 2: It Should Be Longer Anyways.

To end this week, we’re introducing you to Tessa, a lover of Doctor Who, Pokémon, and many nerdy things in-between. Tessa is a lead developer at Flying Cork, originally from Brookville, PA. She has a degree in Game Art & Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day?

A: The morning. If the morning doesn’t go right, the rest of the day will follow suit. Though I personally love it because it’s the part of the day that is still the “blank slate.” I also get cute, baby cuddles from my daughter.

Q: Bagels or Donuts? Why? 

A: Bagels. I have too many other sweet things in my life!

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you? 

A: If there was a movie about my life, I’d probably call it It’s Not Luck starring Hayden Panettiere. There’s a story behind that title, but that’s for another time.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago?

A: A year ago I had just found out that I was pregnant, so I would’ve told myself to get on those daycare waitlists even earlier!!

Q: What’s one thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: I have an uncommon form of ADHD called “hyperfocus.”

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick? 

A: Magneto (controls magnetism with his mind, could be fun), Spiderman (good track record with saving trains), and Sheldon Cooper (loves trains). If you meant real people, then I’d chose my Auntie Donna, my husband John, and my daughter Tabitha, purely for conversational purposes and entertainment.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far? 

A: I’d say that one of the best moments of my life is making my baby daughter giggle for the first time. I’m well aware that I’m not naturally a funny person, and now she’s the only other person in the world that I can make laugh! The other is me.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: Ruth Comley. In 2011, I was planning my senior year in college. I majored in Game Art & Design (GAD) at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AiP) and I fell in love with programming and expressing my creativity by designing user experiences due to Patricia Huettel’s prototyping course. Most of my other classmates wanted to focus on the art aspect of game design, so there were a lot of illustration and 3D modeling specialty courses, but none were running for programming specialties. 

Hans Westmen (the department chair of GAD at the time) and Angela Love (faculty at AiP and a CMU ETC connection) connected me with Ruth who taught at Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). We had an arrangement that I’d spend 4 hours a week with Ruth for three quarters of the year and that would count as credits toward my degree. Essentially, I created a class that didn’t exist for just me and Ruth was my instructor. Ruth taught me the fundamentals of programming, logic, and my first programming language, Python. This yielded my first ever programming project in 2012a 2-player cooperative game called Code Echo designed for “The Bridge” on the top floor of the ETC.

And yes, I did just upload the old splash video of Code Echo I made back then to my old YouTube account purely for this response.

National Women’s History Month may be over, but time is a human construct, so we’re gonna keep celebrating with another feature of our employee Lauren.

Lauren is a self-proclaimed dork (don’t worry, we aren’t being mean – she says it herself later!) in addition to being a content manager for Flying Cork. She’s also a Point Park University Alumni with a degree in creative writing originally from Pittsburgh, PA.

Go give her post some love over on our FB page

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day?

A: I love learning, so I’m very grateful that my job involves a lot of research into subjects I’d never normally think to delve into. But obviously, my passion is writing so my favorite part of my workday is when I’m hammering out a good piece.

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork?

A: Working at Flying Cork, I’ve learned so much about my writing voice and how to adapt to various styles and brands. I feel like I grow as a writer every day.

Q: Bagels or Donuts?

A: Bagels, if I’m having dessert for breakfast it’s going to be ice cream.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you?

A: Figuring It Out As I Go, starring Gal Godot because I saw Wonder Woman six times in theaters (not joking).

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago?

A: I know everyone else believes in you more than you believe in yourself, but guess what? They’re right.

Q: One thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: I’m a huge comic book/graphic novel dork. Currently very into the Black Hammer series, but I’d say my go-to imprint is Image Comics. Also a big Whovian, so I guess you could say I’m just an all-around dork, but that’s not much of secret.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far?

A: A few years ago, my cousin and I did a big trip where we went to five countries in two weeks- Ireland, the Netherlands, England, Italy, and France. It was the first time I’d ever been outside of the U.S. and experiencing all of the different cultures and people was life-changing.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why?

A: Dr. Karen Dwyer, my Professor at Point Park University, has made such a huge impact on my writing and editing abilities. I grew so much as a writer, and found that I also had some skills at content editing, thanks to her guidance over the many courses I had with her. Not only do I adore her, but I couldn’t thank her enough for all of her wisdom, insight, and encouragement. I wouldn’t be where I am now if not for her.

To finish off this week’s round of National Women’s History Month features, we have Mel!

In addition to being the dog mom of one of the cutest corgis we’ve ever seen, Mel is our Email Marketing Specialist. She’s originally from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and has a degree in journalism from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Check Mel out on our Facebook page by clicking this link here.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day?

A: Going to spin class/yoga at night to unwind.

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork?

A: This is my second job out of college, and I wasn’t familiar with agencies prior to working with Flying Cork. Previously, I was a Marketing Consultant at a SaaS (Software as a Service) company. I wore many hats, as I needed to be experienced with email, social media, website building, SEO, and other types of marketing. I worked with dozens of small business owners to improve their marketing. With Flying Cork, I have been able to grow my knowledge of email marketing tremendously since that’s my primary focus. I feel like I’ve gained great experience in a professional-level working with the clients we have, and I have a more personal relationship with them.

Q: Bagels or Donuts?

A: Bagels! I could eat smoked salmon on a bagel with cream cheese every day and never get sick of it.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you?

A: Title: “Just Add Coffee”. The actress would definitely be Anna Kendrick.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago?

A: Stop apologizing over things that you don’t need to apologize for. Also, whatever problems you’re going through right now, you’ll forget about this time next year.

Q: One thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway?

A: I like to impersonate singers/artists voices such as Norah Jones, Britney Spears, Fetty Wap, etc. I’ll never do that in public, don’t ask :)

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick?

A: Going the celebrity route here….. Melissa McCarthy because she’s hilarious, Ariana Grande because I feel like we’d be good friends, and Morgan Freeman so he can narrate everything.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far?

A: Getting married! I watch our wedding video several times a month to relive it.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why?

A: My mom. She always gives the best professional advice, and she was very supportive of me taking a chance and moving to Pittsburgh for a career in Marketing.

If you’ve been following us this month, you know we’ve been celebrating National Women’s History Month by featuring all of our female employees. Today, we’re continuing with Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is originally from Akron, Ohio and has earned quite a few degrees: Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications at Ohio State, Master’s Degree in Education at The University of Akron, Master’s Degree in Psychology at Chatham University. Whew! That was a lot.

To see Elizabeth’s post on our Facebook page and give her a like, click here.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day?

A: My work day? Honestly, I love to-do lists. Before I leave the office each day, I make a list of what I need to accomplish the next day. I can reflect on what I accomplished before I leave and in the morning I am ready to take on the world. The most valuable part of my day outside of work? Eating dinner with my family.

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork?

A: I’ve learned a lot more about the importance of integrating all social media channels in different ways to convey my message. A great post for Facebook is not necessarily a great post for Twitter or Instagram. You have to speak to your audience where they are…not where you want them to be.

Q: Bagels or Donuts?

A: Donuts…because they’re donuts.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you?

A: If it was solely about my work life, I’d call it “Flying Spork” and Tina Fey would be my top choice.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago?

A: #1: Don’t sweat the small stuff. #2: It’s all small stuff.

Q: One thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway?

A: I competed on (and won) a reality TV show.

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick?

A: My husband and two kids. Sidebar: can people really get trapped on a train for a month?

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far?

A: Definitely the birth of my daughter. She motivates me to succeed and everything I do is to be a good role model for her.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why?

A: As cliche as it sounds, it’s definitely my mom. She worked when it wasn’t considered “normal” for moms to work. She’s my biggest cheerleader and no matter what I decide I want to do with my life, she supports me and wants to help me make it happen. There’s nothing that can compare to feeling like someone is always on your side.

Ah, it’s a new day, and that means it’s time for a new post in honor of National Women’s History Month.

Today, we’ll be highlighting our Senior Manager of marketing automation and email – Krystal, who comes to us from Windber, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Digital Media Arts.

Did you see Krystal’s post on our Facebook page? You didn’t? Shame on you! Fix it by clicking here.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day?

A: The morning

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork? 

A: This is the first agency I have worked at, and I have learned and adapted more than I thought was possible.

Q: Bagels or Donuts? 

A: Bagels, I don’t like eating sugar first thing in the morning.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you? 

A: The movie would be called “Hurry Up and Wait” and the actress would be Kristen Wiig.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago? 

A: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Q: One thing that no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: I actually went to the Olympics in 1996, but as a spectator.

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick? 

A: Cats.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life, so far?

A: Any time I am traveling with my husband and friends.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: Carolina Beyers (although I think she remarried and I don’t know what her married last name is now). She worked in the Controller’s office at Duquesne University when I was a student aid in college. She was smart, ambitious, and kind. I will always be grateful for her friendship and mentorship at a time when I had nothing.

Another day of National Women’s History Month, another day of us bothering one of our wonderful employees with questions.

Today we bothered Kara, another one of our marketing coordinators. If you didn’t already check out Kara’s post on our Facebook page, what are you doing? Get over there and show her some love by clicking here.

Kara is originally from McDonald, Pennsylvania and graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in Marketing.

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day? 

A: Before I close my eyes at night, I always take some time to read.

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork?

A: I actually recently started but I have already learned so much and I am eager to continue to grow!

Q: Bagels or Donuts? Why? 

A: Donuts – they never disappoint.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you? 

A: The title would be “Margaritas and Babies,” and honestly, I don’t follow Hollywood very closely, but if I did I would pick an actress based on what they are like in real life. Someone that is funny yet compassionate and kind.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago?

A: It’s not about being more, it’s about knowing that I am already enough and being who He has called me to be.

Q: One thing that no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: Sorry, I can’t do that!

Q: You’re trapped in a train with 3 people for one month, who do you pick?

A: My sister, my nephew, and my sweet dog Leyla.

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: I would say my sister. She was the one that nudged me to quit my job that I hated and follow my heart regardless of the risk that I had to take. Although the whole situation was surrounded by a lot of unknowns, she assured me it would all work out and it did because I ended up here.

In honor of March being National Women’s History Month, Flying Cork is introducing you to our leading ladies. First up to bat is one of our marketing coordinators – Baylee.

Baylee originally hails from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, and just recently graduated from Point Park University with a degree in Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management.

We had Baylee answer a few questions, one that you already saw on our Facebook page (and if you didn’t, click here for the post).

Q: What’s the most valuable part of your day? 

A: The most valuable part of my day is usually early in the morning, as that is when I’m most productive.

Q: How have you developed professionally since you started working with Flying Cork? 

A: Professionally I have developed tremendously in my year with Flying Cork. I started off as an intern during my senior year of college and worked my way into a full-time position. During that year I have gained skills in e-commerce services, web development, and day to day communications with clients.

Q: What advice would you give yourself a year ago?

A: It’s okay to not have it all figured out.

Q: If Hollywood was making a movie about your life, what would the title be, and what actress would you pick to play you?

A: It would be a documentary titled “Do You Want To See a Picture of My Cat?” and everyone would just play themselves – including the cats.

Q: What’s one thing no one knows about you, but you’re going to tell us anyway? 

A: I square danced for six years of my life.

Q: What has been one of the best moments of your life so far? 

A: Definitely moving to Pittsburgh. I grew up in a small town and the convenience factor of being surrounded by having things to do has been my favorite part [of the move].

Q: What female professional has made the most impact on your career and why? 

A: Ashley Dobransky, the assistant to the dean of the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University. Ashley mentored me all through college and still makes an impact on me to this day. During my senior year, she guided me through weighing out my options of where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do upon graduation. All throughout college, she helped shape me into the business professional that I am today.