Workplace Wisdom: Molly Katz

Editor’s Note

Our ‘Keeters have a lot of wisdom to share. Terakeet’s growing team is filled with incredible, talented individuals with years of personal and professional experience. These individuals have been kind enough to share their knowledge with us in a monthly series known as “Workplace Wisdom.” This week’s Wise ‘Keeter is Digital Content Specialist, Molly Katz.

Read on to learn how you too can leverage lightsabers, David Copperfield, and Brené Brown to gain some insights and peace in your personal and professional lives. Thank you to Molly, a true asset to TK, for sharing her words with us. Molly is always looking for opportunities to make her teammates feel warm and welcome, and we are so fortunate to know her.

Molly is loved by ‘Keeters and animals alike.

Q1: What is your role and how long have you worked at Terakeet?

I’m a Digital Content Strategist, and I’ve worked at Terakeet for just under a year.

Q2: What advice would you give someone who is new to Syracuse or to Terakeet?

Advice for those new to Syracuse: if you haven’t had a sandwich from Darwin on Clinton yet, remedy that immediately! I especially recommend a “Ships In The Night.” When walking downtown, look around as often as you can and drink in the beautiful architecture, but watch out for falling ice in the winter! I’ve had some near misses. For those new to Terakeet: Don’t be afraid to talk about the things you enjoy with your new colleagues. Terakeet as a community is so passionate and curious. You’ll have fantastic conversations whether they share your experiences or not.  

Q3: List a quote that has helped you get through a tough time.

The first line of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” I’ve found this line a help in tough times first and foremost because it’s the start of my favorite book, and thinking about it reminds me that all I have to do is pick up the book and it will be there for me. I also like what the quote itself implies about life, and what gets us through it. I don’t think Dickens ever really points to any one person as the definitive hero of David Copperfield’s life—everyone who loves David has a claim to the role—and I think that’s lovely.

Q4: How do you unwind after a long workday/case of The Mondays?

Mostly by playing Beat Saber, a Virtual Reality rhythm game. Nothing puts me in a better mood than holding a lightsaber in each hand and slicing blocks in half to music. 

Q5: If you could invite any famous businessperson or workplace guru to dinner, who would it be and why?

Brené Brown. I think her work on workplace vulnerability is a game changer, and I always learn new things whenever I listen to her speak.  

Q6: If you could only use 5 workplace tools or platforms, what would they be and why?

Slack: As others in this series have said, it’s just such an efficient (and fun) way to handle workplace communication.

Google docs: Too effective and easy to use to ever abandon.

SEMrush: to me it’s THE tool for keyword research. What could ever replace it?

Zoom: It allows me to work from Denver, where I now live.

Command + Shift + 4: The ability to take quick screenshots of whatever I’m looking at (and nothing extra) has probably saved me almost a full week of my life by now.  

Q7:  What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a coworker?

If something’s interesting to you, dive into it. It doesn’t matter if it’s immediately applicable to what you’re trying to do. The results will come. 

This is a continuation of our “Workplace Wisdom” series. Read the previous posts here:

Workplace Wisdom: Melissa Stefanec

Workplace Wisdom: Bridget Doherty

Workplace Wisdom: Tristan Amond

Workplace Wisdom: Darian Carrow