A little over four years ago I met Becky Robinson online, and my life changed forever. Over the last four years I’ve had the opportunity to work with some outstanding people – authors, bloggers, book promoters, publishers, PR experts, and fellow Weaving Influence contractors.
Living and working more than 500 miles south of Becky and the Michigan office crew, my experience has been one of connecting from a distance, and building community through email, hangouts, Facebook chats, and stand-up calls.
Because of the transient nature of contracting work I’ve been able to meet a number of really talented individuals, some of whom I connected with on a personal level, as well as a professional one. Today’s feature team member is one of those people who is not only a joy to work with, but has become a supportive friend to boot! Say hello to…
Hi there, Stephanie, thanks so much for doing this! Can you tell us a little bit about your personal life?
Sure, Carrie! I joined the Weaving Influence team last August and am half of Weaving Influence’s DC representation – affectionately dubbed #WIDC. I recently finished my masters in public relations and corporate communications at Georgetown University. Like many of the WI team members, I am a runner. I completed two marathons in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I’m done with marathons at this point! I live in Arlington, VA with my two dogs, Abby and Zoe.
Tell us something unusual about yourself.
I was a synchronized swimmer in college. The keys to synchronized swimming are core strength and nose clips!
What’s your favorite pastime?
Anything outside! I love hiking, running, swimming, visiting DC sites, or even reading a book outdoors at a coffee shop. I’m so excited that spring is finally here.
Tell me your favorite part of the job with Weaving Influence…
I love the people – our clients, Team Buzz Builder, and the Weaving Influence staff. I love getting to know them and their stories. I enjoy project management and communications, but the people and relationships are what make it worthwhile.
What is your “stand out” thing that you’ve learned from working with the #WITeam so far?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned from working with the #WITeam so far is the importance of effective communication in a distributed office environment. It’s not as easy as stopping by the cube next door. Being intentional about building relationships becomes even more important.
What’s the last book you read and really enjoyed?
I started listening to audio books when I was training for my first marathon last year. Two recent favorites are Scary Close, by Donald Miller, and Leaving Time, by Jodi Piccoult. Two totally different books, but I appreciated them for different reasons. I appreciate how Jodi Piccoult tells stories from the perspective of a number of different characters, and Donald Miller always has good insights into relationships and Christianity.
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Carrie Koens joined the Weaving Influence team in May 2012 and has held a number of roles, including three years as the Book Launch Director (a title she stepped away from in June 2016 in order to focus on the needs of her growing family), and she currently serves the team as a Writer and Consultant. An INTJ with a penchant for culture, book stores, Parisian cafés, Indian curry, British mystery shows, and her passport, you can find her on Twitter @CGKoens.