This post was written by Sarah Ghessie, operations manager for Social Tables
Why Do We Have a Tabler of the Week?
We periodically interview one of our amazing co-workers to highlight on our culture blog. A great culture is 100% about the people that drive it. We come from different places, back grounds, and experiences and all add a lot of spice to this workplace.
In the Spotlight: Lauren Kalina, Account Executive
Tabler Since: February 2014
Where are you from?
St. Louis, MO but I’ve lived in DC for the past 6 years.
What is your role at Social Tables?
I work with our small business vertical, bringing in new customers. In addition to my role as an Account Executive, I also coordinate our Lunch & Learn program. This is something I started doing back in August  because I showed an interest in growing our learning and development program. I really love being able to coordinate internal talent and external speakers.
What were you doing before you came to Social Tables?
Before I came to Social Tables, I was working in campaigns and nonprofit fundraising. After I graduated from college, I spent a summer teaching in Tanzania. I came back to the US to work on the Obama campaign and when that ended went to a non-profit.
I thought that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life before realizing that the nonprofit world was a little slow paced. I ultimately wanted to work someplace that allowed me to take an idea and run with it but gave more work-life balance than a campaign. I thought the startup world would be a good place to find that. When I was researching all of the DC startups, I thought Social Tables would be the best fit based on my experience in event planning.
Talk about your favorite Core Value…
Be outrageous. During our onboarding class, I was voted most outrageous because I say ridiculous and goofy things without thinking about them. Everyone at Social Tables accept me for it and that’s really rare to find at most workplaces. I think everyone at Social Tables is a little weird (hence our “What makes you weird?” interview question). Being able to come here with a bunch of weirdos and get stuff done exemplifies our core value be outrageous.
Talk about your favorite Social Tables event…
The one that stands out the most to me is the 2014 Series A Closing Dinner. We were at the point when there were still not that many of us [55 employees] and the way the event was designed with the Serpentine tables made it so you could see everyone down the row of tables and what was going on at all times. We sat in order of hire date and it was really great to be surrounded by some of my closest friends at Social Tables and see how the company has changed. Dinner was filled with memories and fostered a strong feeling of community.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love hanging out with my dog Crockett. I also work out a lot! A fellow Tabler and I found Solidcore after we tried a few different workouts around the city and just really loved it. I really enjoy the theatre and try to go with a coworker about once a month. My favorite recent show was “Bad Jews” at the Studio Theatre. I also still really like to explore DC, and love finding new restaurants and places to be outdoors.
What makes you weird?
I have absolutely no filter. When I answered this question in my interview, I talked about my improv background and how I can get up on stage and talk forever and ever. I could talk to a wall and be okay with it. I say weird things to people all the time and they are still okay with it and that’s what I likes about Social Table.
Here is some praise Lauren recently received from a coworker via Cheers from Peers:
- “What an awesome start to your new role as AE!!! In just two weeks, you’ve already made a huge impact on the team! Great job closing your first deal! I love that you’ve already taken it upon yourself to proactively find business. Keep up the great work!
- “Thank you for all of the insight at the L&L! Can’t wait to start applying those techniques! =)”
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