Get to Know: Kristen Kelly

Get to Know: Kristen Kelly

Employee Spotlight - Kristen Kelly

We're pretty lucky to have Kristen on our team. She's smart, perceptive, incredibly hard-working, and a top-performer. She's also a great conversationalist, a wonderful listener and she has a killer sense of humor. You can always count on Kristen to know where everything is, and who needs what and when. She's a rare talent that can do both project and account management, both with verve and aplomb. She’s been instrumental in providing high-level thinking on things internally for PPM, as well as being a great ally to all her clients. She embodies all of our values and demonstrates our culture daily. We are incredibly grateful Kristen steered her career in our direction. Thank you for helping to make Proofpoint an inspired place to work!

Provide a brief bio/overview of your professional career:

A strategic digital project manager, Kristen brings 15+ years of experience to the Proofpoint team. Her rounded viewpoint stems from both agency- and client-side experience, as well as owning her own consulting practice. She has enjoyed serving diverse accounts large and small, including Under Armour, Spirit Airlines, and Harvard Business School. She thrives on being the organizational backbone of impactful initiatives and believes a transparent, proactive team is the key to a happy client.

What’s the last book you read?

Becoming by Michelle Obama

What are you currently watching on Netflix (or other streaming service)?

Schitt's Creek, stand-up comedy specials, Chopped / Master Chef Junior

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go and why?

Italy, for the food, the history, and to explore my husband's heritage.

Who inspires you?

My daughter, with her calm kindness and self-assuredness.

Three words to best describe you are:

Loyal, Driven, Empathetic

How has remote working impacted you professionally and personally?

Professionally, working from home has eliminated a lot of the things that frustrated me about commuting to and working in a frenzied office, and allowed me to regain focus and passion for what I do. I'm motivated to be highly efficient. Personally, working remotely gives me precious time to spend with my family, which makes every day feel meaningful.

What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today in digital marketing?

Video marketing. This article nicely sums up why:

What’s your favorite movie?

Forrest Gump

Before joining us at Proofpoint Marketing, what was the best, most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

In high school and college, I was a freelance writer for Frederick Magazine, based out of Frederick, Maryland. This was a lifestyle magazine, and I contributed feature articles, wrote restaurant reviews, covered local events, and edited much of the content for grammar and style compliance. I met a ton of interesting people, and felt cool seeing my byline.

Do you have a favorite podcast, blog and/or online influencer? Tell us why you follow them.

I love food blogs, and is my favorite. Jessica Merchant's content is always fresh, her recipes are always winners, and much of what she discusses from a lifestyle perspective is relatable to my current stage in life.

What's your favorite thing to drink and snack on while working?

Diet Coke, Celcius energy drinks, sparkling water. Pretzels and hummus, fruit.

What did you want to be when growing up?

A writer. I spent my childhood buried in books and journaling. In high school, I wrote for the school newspaper, and eventually became editor. In college, I minored in English, and especially enjoyed writing satire.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with my daughter, cook, read, try new restaurants with my husband.

What genre of music or artist do you listen to while cranking on a project at work?

90s rap at high volume.

What was one experience in your life (either personal or professional) that made you a stronger person?

Becoming a mom transformed my entire outlook on life. I realized how much time and energy I had been focusing on work for over a decade, and decided to shift my priorities to family first. Motherhood gave me the courage to change and the strength to show my daughter firsthand how a career can fit appropriately into a fulfilling life.

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?

Jesus. Though I talk to Him every day, what a miracle it would be to see Him face-to-face on Earth.

Favorite meal, type of cuisine or restaurant?

Mexican, and the spicier, the better.

Share with us the best piece of professional advice you've ever been given.

Stay humble. Stay hungry.

This is a great reminder for me to stay consistent with my work output regardless of the surrounding circumstances.

What's the most important lesson you've learned in the last five years?

Your sense of self-worth is not tied to your job. Be yourself.

Last one: Share with us something currently on your bucket list!

See Billy Joel live.