4.05.2016

#CultureFirst: Kristina "Nina" Cioni

The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.

Kristina "Nina" Cioni -- Marketing Campaign Manager (San Francisco)

Nina started her career in the music industry handling international marketing and events at Sony Music. One day she decided to pack up her NYC apartment and head to San Francisco to experience startup life. When she's not optimizing campaigns or confirming event details, you can find her obsessing over minimalist fashion or exploring nature trails in the Bay Area.

Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Nina Cioni: I've been a CAmper just shy of two months now, but already I've been able to sink my teeth into dozens of projects and work on campaigns and events that are helping to shape company as we grow. It's been an amazing learning experience so far - I've never felt so included so quickly.

CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work, here or anywhere else?
NC: I was really fortunate to work my dream career for more than six years, at record labels in the music industry. While I've had more amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences than I can capture in this post, there are a few that really stick out in my mind.  One involves running (literally) into both Iggy Pop and Courtney Love backstage at "Later with Jools Holland" while I was on a promotional tour with Ozzy Osbourne. So much celebrity in such a small space. The other was spending a few days in Cologne with Geddy Lee from Rush to do interviews for their 2012 album "Clockwork Angels." On the last day of the tour, after hours and hours of press interviews, he took the team to an incredible dinner and we capped the night with a midnight trip to the Cologne Cathedral. 

CA: What do you geek out about outside of work?
NC: My first love outside work is music, dance and anything in the performance art space. Lately, I've been enjoying kitchen experiments - anything from baked goods to making my own deodorants and lip balms.

CA: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
NC: While I wish my desired superpowers would benefit society, they really would only make my life better. I would want the ability to apparate (yes, Harry Potter style) - teleporting to and from anywhere I want. I'm still waiting for my acceptance letter to Hogwarts...

CA: What is something about you not many people know?
NC: Monica Gellar from "Friends" is my spirit animal. You know that scene where she's vacuuming her vacuum? Well, that's me, in my apartment, nearly every morning.

CA: What did you want to be when you grew up?
NC: I wanted to train animals at Sea World. Check out the book I wrote in the 5th grade about a family of otters and some friendly dolphins. On shelves now.

CA: Where would you go on an all expense paid trip tomorrow?
NC: Tomorrow is the key word in that question. Since it's still "winter" here in the states, I would go on an adventure in Africa. I would start on a safari in Tanzania and then head to South Africa to explore the beaches. If you asked me four months from now, I would take this offer and head to Sweden. I've always wanted to go to Scandinavia in the summertime.

CA: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
NC: You never know what you have until you clean your room. Or basically anything Marie Kondo or Gretchen Rubin have to say.

CA: What does Culture First mean to you?
NC: Culture First is pretty literal to me. It means always considering the values of the company before making any business decisions. However, I also see it as bringing passion and enjoyment to the job each day. Enjoying the journey to success is easy as a CAmper because of that.

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