03 Mar Meet Hadley Stecker, Account Associate in Our Boston Office!
Hadley Stecker is an account associate in our Boston office. Hailing from Beverly Farms, MA, she journeyed down to North Carolina to go to college at Elon University before returning the the cold North and joining the LaunchSquad Boston team. We asked Hadley to share a little more about herself.
1. What did you do before you came to LaunchSquad?
Last May I graduated from Elon University in North Carolina, where I studied strategic communications and psychology. After graduation, I spent a month and a half teaching in South Africa with One Heart Source, a nonprofit organization focusing on youth education. When I got back in July, I spent two final weeks enjoying “funemployment” and began working here at the end of the month.
2. What brought you to LaunchSquad?
Well, it all started when I ran into Meg Scarborough, a friend of my sister’s and current LaunchSquad employee, at a holiday party. A month or so after I met up with Meg, I came in to talk with a few other members of the team. The environment was very different from what I was used to, and I remember wondering how anyone got anything done in a room of ten other people. But I was intrigued. I loved what Erica, Mike and Anna [three of the original LaunchSquad Boston team members] told me about the company, and my initial concerns about the open office layout soon took a back seat. My priority was finding a place that fosters growth, where people genuinely want each other to succeed, and whose work and clients I can proudly stand behind. So, here I am!
3. What is your favorite aspect of your job?
I love that every day here is different. I have yet to feel like I’m “just going through the motions.” We’re encouraged to think creatively, throw out crazy ideas and take risks. Our clients are driven, hungry people running companies that are doing big things. The resulting combination causes the days to fly by and motivates me to come in every morning.
4. What makes LaunchSquad unique in your view?
I never thought I’d work at a place where my colleagues were also my friends. It sounds cheesy, but the people I learn from professionally are also the ones I look up to personally. I knew I wanted to be at a place where I genuinely valued my colleagues, where I could look up to my manager and think, “I respect that person, and I want to learn from that person.” It’s easy to get caught up in titles, job descriptions and big industry names, but at the end of the day, it’s the people that matter, and LaunchSquad knows that.
5. If you could tell a prospective employee one thing, what would it be?
You’re at work a lot. It’s a big part part of your life. If you dread going to the office each morning, you’re going to have a tough time. Finding a place where you fit culturally, where your values are respected and strengthened, might not be easy, but it makes a huge difference down the road. If the internet goes down and phones cut out, would you want to hang out with your colleagues? I would. (And yes, it’s happened.)
6. Tell us a funny story about something that’s happened since you came to LaunchSquad.
This past December, I experienced my first Holiday Week, where LaunchSquad brings all of the offices together in San Francisco for a week of bonding and inspiration. The Boston office and I were still on East Coast time, so a lot of us got to the office early Monday morning. First thing I saw was Danny O’Mahony [an account manager in our SF office] in a unicorn suit, horn and all, just sitting at his desk working away like it was business as usual. [Editor’s Note: It’s a long story…] It was a very fitting welcome to the San Francisco office.
7. What do you think makes your office unique?
As the smallest office at LaunchSquad, we’re a tight group. Though I’m still relatively new to the Boston team, I feel like I’ve known these people forever. Since we’re always in one room together, a lot of over-sharing occurs, but in the end, it makes for a more dynamic team.
8. What technological innovation are you most excited about (current or future)? Why?
I’m really excited about the merging of tech and fashion. It’s crazy to think how little our everyday wardrobe has changed over the years… Styles or patterns might change, but the fabrics have largely remained the same. Ministry of Supply, a LaunchSquad client, makes professional menswear that uses technology to cater to the body’s natural temperatures and movements. It’s a very hot industry right now, and I can’t wait to see what they do next!