Behind the Design: Rachel Shussett

We’re so excited to welcome our new community manager!

Hi! My name is Rachel Shussett and I’m the new community manager at Sparq Designs. I graduated from Westminster College in 2016 and moved to Pittsburgh right after. Before working at Sparq Designs, I was an administrative assistant and social media manager at Pittsburgh Presbytery. I’m so excited to see what I can learn here at Sparq!

Q: Give us some insight into your morning routine!
A: I always run or do yoga first thing in the morning! After that comes coffee and getting my life together for work–the coffee being very key. I need my caffeine to make it through the day!

Q: Three apps that help with your work…ready go!
A: Slack is the best! It’s such a great way to keep communication going with the team without requiring a massive email thread. I also am a huge fan of the Google Calendar. I’d lose my mind if I didn’t have everything organized on there! The last one definitely is Pages Manager through Facebook. Being on so many accounts can be a little crazy, but it’s all in one place and easily accessible with the Manager App! If I get a notification it tells me exactly where to go and I can handle it with ease.

Q: What music do you listen to while you’re working?
A: I’ve been listening to a lot of indie rock and folk lately! Some of my favorite artists right now are Bear’s Den, Alvvays, Dermot Kennedy, and The Jezebels.

Q: What’s your dream job (besides working at Sparq =])
A: I’ve always dreamed of being the editor-in-chief of a major newspaper or magazine. I’m a journalism junkie and studied it in college alongside public relations–it’s definitely my other passion! That said, I’ve wanted to work here at Sparq for ages! It’s so great to have a job on this team. I love it!

Q: If you could sit down and have an hour-long conversation with any person alive or deceased who would it be?
A: Jane Goodall. I love, love, love science, and her research absolutely fascinates me. It would be so cool to hear it all firsthand!

Q: Who is your idol in the business world? Why?
A: Susan Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of National Geographic. She is the first female EIC at the magazine and I think that’s such a huge step! Plus, she’s incredible at her job. Such an inspiration for aspiring writers and editors!

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