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Employee Spotlight: Jillian, VP of Accounts

August 14, 2018  |   Caitlin Reiff

This summer, a very special member of the TDR crew received an equally special award. Jillian “Mama Bear” Bloome, VP of Accounts and fearless leader of perhaps the rowdiest of the TDR teams (*cough* Account Management *cough*) received the Mission Possible Award courtesy of Madison Magnet: an organization connecting talented young professionals in the Madison area.

We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award, which is given to role models who elevate development opportunities for the young professionals around them. Not only is she an exceptional leader and dedicated team player (a tough act to balance, for sure) — Jillian is also a fearless advocate for and friend of everyone on her team. Her undeniable talent for helping others achieve their full potential has helped us take great leaps forward as a company.  

Because a TDR crewmember spotlight wouldn’t be complete without a (semi-ridiculous) questionnaire, we asked Jillian to elaborate on her motivations, career advice, little-known facts, and, of course, her spirit animal.

What motivates you to wake up and go to work?

My daughter, Aspyn. I want to show her that it’s possible to be a good mom and also have a challenging career. At the end of the day, I feel like being a hardworking mom has actually made me a better mom — I’m showing my daughter than she can do anything and everything she sets her mind to.

What does a typical day at TDR look like for you?

Client meeting, biz dev meeting, strategy meeting. High fives to my team for killing it. Client meeting, biz dev meeting, strategy meeting. More high fives all around. Snuggles with Daisy (the office dog). A tiny amount of time to complete a not-so-tiny amount of work. Go home.    

What advice do you have for TDR prospective hires?

Come prepared with questions — questions that are deeper than “Can you describe your company culture?” Dig into our business, ask about things you truly care about. Also, be yourself. Personality plays a key role in our hiring decisions, and we want to make sure prospective hires will be a good fit.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

1) The second you start valuing yourself, the second everyone around you values you, too. Early in my career, when I finally realized that my opinion was valid and, more importantly, necessary to the success of the business, I became better at my job.

2) Whenever you’re afraid of taking a leap, making an important call, or telling a hard truth, think, What’s the worst that can happen? The worst is rarely that bad. Take a chance. You may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

3) Follow your gut. It rarely leads you astray.

Tell us a few things people may not know about you.

I love number two pencils and the color green. I’m happiest when it’s raining and I wish it was autumn year round. My middle name is Phyllis, after my very loving grandmother. I own almost 1,000 books and am determined to have a beautiful library someday. Also — if you had a secret camera planted in my house, you’d find that I’m a firm believer in dancing through life (even if it’s while cleaning your kitchen).

What were you like at age 10?

I was a super happy kid — a social butterfly. I was very focused on school work and loved to read: a passion that has continued into adulthood. Growing up, I was obsessed with my dog, Sneaker. I used to sleep in her crate with her until I convinced my parents that she should sleep in my bed (which she did for the rest of her life). I’m an only child and had (and still have!) a really special bond with my parents. At ten, I vividly remember forcing them to listen to me sing karaoke and perform dance recitals to NSYNC and Britney Spears in our living room.

If you could have lunch with anybody in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Two answers here: 1) Cleopatra. Why? She was bada**. It’s said that she could speak NINE different languages, she was extremely well-read, and she could debate the philosophical and political issues of the time. She took her role seriously and didn’t let people get in the way of what she set out to do. 2) My future self. Life can be weird, and I think it’d be nice to know that things always turn out okay. 🙂

What book did you read last?

A thriller called The Anomaly by Michael Rutger based on the secrets of ancient civilization. However, my favorite author is F. Scott Fitzgerald and, of course, the literary queen herself: J.K. Rowling. Related — my dogs are named Dobby and Fang.

What’s an overused marketing phrase that you can’t stand?

“Low-hanging fruit” (conjures up images of moldy, bloated peaches)

Spirit animal?

Ooh, a snake! Her name is Narissa! Honestly, she’s a real sweetheart.

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Caitlin Reiff

 | Content Strategist