PF Peeps is our special way of spotlighting unique Pathfinder personalities at work and play, an avenue to discover things about our Peeps. This month we look forward to presenting a delight at the office and in our community.
Every day Emily Jensen brings smiles and laughter to Pathfinders. Yes, Emily knows how to put us at ease as if she were born here – but it turns out that she entered the world in a very exotic and exciting faraway place. Her official position at Pathfinders is an Account Executive – which actually means she keeps fellow team members and clients on top of things with her organization and willingness to do whatever it takes. More importantly, she makes those she works with feel showered in sunshine due to her contagious inner sparkle.
What do you like best about your occupation?
Each day is different! In my time at Pathfinders I’ve learned so many different skills. From account management, to social media, to digital, I’ve been able to jump in and assist with projects and learn from my co-workers.
What is special about working in an Advertising and Marketing agency in Mishawaka?
I love that even though we aren’t in a big city like Chicago or New York, we still get to work with clients all over the country. I get to have a 5 minute drive to work, but then work on projects that are going out from the east to west coasts.
What location in the office do you find the most conducive to do your best?
I love the collaborative feel we have in our office with the open floor plan, and generally just do my best work at my desk. I also like that the conference rooms and phone booths are available when we need a quiet space to focus, have a brainstorm session with a few co-workers, or have a conference call.
What are your work methods?
One thing that is a must for me is having an organized email inbox. I have folders for each client that messages get moved to when they are completed, and only keep items in my inbox that I need to address. In a crazy, fast-paced environment, this is something that helps keep me sane and on task!
What do you absolutely have to have in your workspace?
Notepads and lots of pens. You always need to be prepared to jot down a note or question when you are thinking about it. I try to have a notepad with me at all times, even just running to talk to someone in another office, just in case.
What is your favorite lunch spot?
I love Aladdin’s, especially the falafel salad.
What is your favorite weather?
Sunny and warm! I also love fall when the leaves start changing colors. And spring when things begin to turn green again. Basically, anything but winter…
What is your favorite series?
I’m a big fan of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
What is your favorite after-work activity?
In the last couple of years I’ve got really into Barre class. It’s a crazy workout, and I actually only really like it after it’s over, but the great instructor and people keep me going back.
What is your favorite book?
I love to read so it’s hard to pick just one. I’m even in a book club with some of my friends (though it’s mainly an excuse to hang out, drink wine, and talk about life). Some favorites, both recent and old, are: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Martian by Andy Weir, and I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
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What other job positions have you held?
I worked in the non-profit world for 7 years. I did an AmeriCorps term at Habitat for Humanity in South Bend, and also worked at Hope Ministries and the Center for the Homeless. I am so thankful for the experience and the knowledge I gained about poverty and homelessness through my time at all three places.
What do you like to do for fun?
I love anything adventurous. I like hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, snorkeling, you name it! I also love to travel. Next on my list of places I want to go is Greece.
Where are you from?
I was born in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand. My dad is from New Zealand and my mom is from the U.S. (they met in Israel – forever ensuring that no matter how I meet someone, it will be more boring than them). I moved to the states when I was 7, but still like to go back to visit family when I can.
Do you play any instruments?
I play (well, really played – past tense) the alto saxophone. I did jazz band and concert band in college just for fun, but haven’t played a day since. I also was in choir. And a math major. And worked at the library. (Yes, I realize I’m a bit of a nerd.)
What is your motto?