Our “We are DocuSign” blog series places the spotlight on employees from a variety of departments and provides a peek into what it’s like to work at DocuSign. This week we sat down with Kayleigh Kahlefeldt, Director of Marketing to chat about her day-to-day work, what she admires about her colleagues and something none of her co-workers know about her.
What do you do at DocuSign?
I lead DocuSign’s marketing team in APAC, which I’ve been doing for six incredibly fast months. I am undoubtedly biased, but my perception of Marketing is that, regardless of what is happening in the business, we are in the thick of it. We are at the heart of what we say, what we do, how we perform, how we are perceived by our customers – it’s pretty exciting.
What is the best thing about working at DocuSign?
The people. One hundred percent, the people. I’ve been overwhelmed by how open and accessible everyone is. Not just in APAC , but in every region. And, funny! There are some hilarious people working here, I need to reapply mascara far too often for this to be a real job.
What do your friends and family think you do at DocuSign?
I do have friends that don’t believe I work, because I post pics from all sorts of events and interesting locations. My husband thinks I’m a full time data analyst because I often work from home on reporting days.
What is the best advice you can give to somebody starting a new job in your department at DocuSign?
DocuSign makes it so easy for people to get access to mentors, knowledge, best practices, training tools etc. My advice is to make sure you take full advantage of it. Ask all the questions, without inhibition. You’ll find people really are invested in each other’s success.
What traits do you most admire in your colleagues at DocuSign?
Energy! It’s in endless supply here. When people aren’t working they’re shooting each other with foam bullets or practicing putting a golf ball into a cup, in the stationary area. That and sense of humour. It’s a real work hard, play hard environment.
What traits do you think your DocuSign colleagues most admire in you?
I don’t know, I’m relatively new – although I heard our CEO tell a journalist recently that you lose your right to claim that as soon as you hit the six month mark, so I’d better answer. Maybe it’s that I get things done? I’m no hesitator, things tend to move once I’m involved – for better or worse 🙂
What is something most of your colleagues at DocuSign don’t know about you?
Maybe they don’t know that I’m socially awkward… yet. But, it’s only a matter of time. I am the person who trips in public, or gets my arm stuck trying to jump in a lift. Actually, my heel snapped off my shoe the moment before I was introduced to our CEO for the first time, so I balanced it under my foot and hovered for the whole time we were talking. All I could think of was the lactic acid building up in my leg, which was visibly shaking.
What is your favorite snack from the DocuSign kitchen?
Bagels with fresh avocado!
What is the best project you ever worked on at DocuSign and why?
So far? It’s probably our ‘Digitise or Die’ market research into Australians’ mindset around digitisation. It was inspiring watching my team create this whole program of activities that integrated around this single point – the research – each with its own objectives and measures of success. A highlight was a panel event with guest speakers whom bounced off each other so brilliantly that people were going out of their way to tell us how much they enjoyed being there. That’s the ultimate compliment for marketers – hearing that your content hit the mark!
If you were not working at DocuSign and could do anything in the world, what would you be doing/do next?
I’d startup a company around one of my crazy ideas. I pitch my many ideas to people all the time. Many of them are terrible, and I have a developer friend who likes to be brutally honest about that. But, occasionally one gets a good response from several people, and then I file it away in the “someday” area of my mind. Who knows!
What is the secret for you to happiness?
Gratitude. When I take the time to stop and think about all the things I’m grateful for, it’s hard not to feel like the luckiest person alive.
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