10.08.2016

#CultureFirst: Leanne Pohls

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.

Leanne Pohls - Customer Success Coach - San Francisco

Leanne's love for people has helped her establish meaningful relationships with digital advertising agencies and publishers prior to joining Culture Amp. A Bay Area native, she spent time living in Seattle and Los Angeles before finding her way back to San Francisco. It doesn’t take much to make her happy - she loves exploring new parts of town, dancing to live music and is forever on the hunt for the best slice of pizza!

Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Leanne Pohls: 
As a CAmper, I have freedom, trust and support to manage my own schedule, workload and contributions. I love that conversations are thought-provoking, collaborative and focused on creativity rather than being heavily focused on the tasks on my to-do list. I feel like in the month that I've worked here, I've grown on a professional and (most importantly) personal level.

CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work (here or anywhere else)?
LP:
 In my first sales role in digital advertising, I got to work closely with the media planners at automotive agencies. It's hard to pick one day since we always seemed to have a great time and we got to do a lot of client entertaining. Every year we got to explore the LA Auto Show for a few days as part of the media crew which was entertaining. We also got to take clients to a lot of concerts including Justin/Jay-Z and Beyonce/Jay-Z the next summer! Of course we explored the LA dining scene and always kept an eye out for celebrities (when I saw Sally Field at Tar and Roses I almost cried). I loved working with the clients and coworkers and am really lucky that I still get to call a lot of them friends.

CA: What do you geek out about outside from work?
LP:
 Travel - I have a personal mission to travel to a new international destination about once a year. I think it's so important in personal development and I always return home feeling more well-rounded than before. Dance - I have also been known to sign up for Beyonce dance classes at local SF studios complete with live performances. Food - Not only do I love eating food (primarily Italian or Mexican), I recently signed up for a 6-week cooking class with Culture Amp's support and am learning fundamentals in preparing food when entertaining!

CA: What did you want to be when you grew up?
LP: 
Lois Lane. But seriously, I really wanted to be a journalist - carried a tape recorder with me everywhere! Would be interesting to re-listen to those recordings if my mom still has them!

CA: What is something about you not many people know?
LP:
 Instead of one New Year's Resolution, I have monthly resolutions that vary in focus (fitness goals, creative writing challenges, establishing new routines, etc.). Something I took from the book "The Happiness Project."

CA: What’s on your playlist this week?
LP:
I love all music, especially live music! I've been enjoying a lot of country music recently since I just got back from CMA Festival in Nashville!

CA: Where would you go on an all expense paid trip tomorrow?
LP: 
My last international vacation was focused on the beach. I think I'd switch it up and focus more on culture, architecture and history - maybe London since I've never been!

CA: What does culture first mean to you?
LP:
 Empowering people to make decisions by trusting them and not ignoring the human elements in the business world.

CA: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
LP:
 "Kick butt and have fun." Something my Dad told me before every soccer game growing up, and as I've gotten older I find that the motto is actually very applicable in a lot of adult situations. It's that encouragement to do your best, but also keep the big picture of what it's all about in perspective.

CA: You pick a magazine up to read – what is it?
LP:
In Touch - it's $2.99 vs the $4.99 for People or $3.99 for US Weekly.

CA: What’s up next in your Netflix queue?
LP: 
It's a constant rotation of The Office (US), Family Guy and Sons of Anarchy. All very different styles and all shows that I've nearly memorized. Obviously very dependent on my mood for the day.

CA: What was the first and last concert you attended?
LP:
 The first concert I went to on my own choice was 98 Degrees. It was when Jessica Simpson was the band's opener and she handed out free tapes (yes, tapes) after the show. I remember listening to it and thinking she wasn't as good as Britney Spears (HA!). The last concert I went to was CMA Fest in Nashville. Four days of headliners at one venue!!

CA: If you won the lottery what would you do first?
LP:
Buy several houses/apartments in San Francisco and rent them out at a reasonable price point so that more people can actually afford to live in this city (including myself)!

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