Employee Spotlight: Katy De Leon

April 28, 2016 Amelia Carpenter

Our Employee Spotlight series is an opportunity to get to know some of the Narrative Science employees and as you get to know our team, you’ll learn more about Narrative Science and the reason that our customers cite 'our people' as one of the top reasons they choose to work with us.

This month, we spoke with Katy De Leon, our Vice President of Marketing.

How did you end up at Narrative Science?

I saw a job posting on LinkedIn and after visiting the website, I couldn’t believe what I was reading, and I was very intrigued. I was an English Lit major, and my aunt is a writer/reporter, so the idea of an ‘automated writing’ technology really hit home.

After meeting with the executive team, I was impressed and fascinated by the pedigree of the leadership and excited to see how passionate and committed they were to building Narrative Science. As a marketer, you are responsible for “the face” of the company and putting our people out in front of the world. I had zero doubt that this group of exceptional leaders had landed on something big that I wanted to be a part of.

What’s the best part about working here?

Hands down, it’s the people. It’s the goal and drive we share as a team. Sure, there are days that are stressful and days of uncertainty but ultimately, I’m always encouraged by how excited people get about the impact we are having on the world. Every employee's contributions day in and day out are important to our long-term growth and success of the company.

How do you continually stay inspired in your work?

Talking to people outside our four walls is enlightening and motivating. When I go to different events, I love being able to talk about what we do and see the reaction. And, when our customers tell us they’re saving thousands of hours by removing tedious work from their days and providing more value to their customers because of what we do, it’s extremely rewarding.

For me, it’s that emotional connection with somebody, that lightbulb “aha” moment of how impactful our technology is to the world. That is the ultimate inspiration.

What is your day-to-day work like?

No two days are the same. Since we’re introducing a new technology to the world, the landscape is constantly changing and our brand needs to reflect all of the innovative work we’re doing.

We are constantly launching new solutions (if you haven’t noticed, there is a place for Advanced NLG in almost any industry!), writing and publishing educational content to help people understand the landscape of intelligent systems in the workplace, and aligning our demand generation efforts to customer needs, so my days are fast-paced yet very rewarding.

In fact, we have two product marketing positions open on my team, and it is a rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something this special. As one of my favorite female technology executives said, “If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.” — Sheryl Sandberg

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?

Chicago has so much to offer, it’s hard to pick. The amazing architecture, innovative restaurants, scenic (and flat) running paths, parks, patio bars, summer fests, the lake - pretty much anything you want to do, it’s here.

Career-wise, the tech scene is exploding and there are so many opportunities to learn, contribute and succeed. Things have progressed so much in the past five years; I can’t wait to see what happens in the next five!

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