This week I would like you to meet Lindsey Stutheit. She is one of the great people on staff at Array School of Technology and Design. Whenever you see her around our coworking space, she always is smiling and has something positive to say. Here is her “interview”:
SF: I have been running a series of member spotlight blog posts on our blog, and I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions. (Prepare yourself for fame and fortune !!)
Lindsey: I am totally prepared. I prefer fortune over fame just so you know. I totally get if you can’t control the order. 😀 (I will do my best Lindsey!!)
SF: Tell us a little bit about yourself – any general info will do, but here are some ideas: where are you from originally? How long have you been in Cheyenne? Do you have any fun hobbies outside of work?
Lindsey: I am originally from Texas but have lived in Wyoming for close to ten years. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in Textiles and Merchandising and then with a master’s in Adult Education Administration. I love talking about education, connecting education with employment, and working with students to find their passions through career pathways.
When I’m not working, I enjoy being creative through writing, cooking, interior design, and other art projects. I enjoy hiking with my two pups, traveling with my husband, and spending the rest of my free time putting up with my jerk cat.
SF: Tell us a bit about your organization – i.e. how did you get involved with Array? What are your goals/aspirations for it over the next few years? What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Lindsey: Array is an exciting place to work for someone like me. I love the opportunity to connect students to a career path in technology. I also really enjoy collaborating with industry partners, K-12, and other community members to make the education to workforce pipeline as smooth and beneficial as possible. It is really rewarding to help people connect to opportunities they care about. I hope the next year allows me more opportunities to do this, as well as refine our education systems as we continue to grow.
SF: And, if you don’t mind, it would be great if you could elaborate on how you utilize our space here on The Second Floor.
Lindsey: I really enjoy working at The Second Floor as it allows so many different areas to work and connect with people. I love that I can be completely alone in the huddle room, down working on a couch, or up in my office. It is also really beneficial when we have guests at Array. The Second Floor provides such a welcoming environment, and I feel very proud to welcome to introduce people to our the atmosphere and culture. The Second Floor is such a great place to meet new people, to work, and to feel connected.
It is definitely that time of year where I usually run around trying to find the perfect gifts for my friends and family. I have found it can be stressful as you work to find the perfect gift for certain family members (everyone has one or two that are super hard to buy for). I have had many years where this stress almost overwhelmed the joy I get from hunting for and finding the perfect presents. If you are anything like me, you have dealt with this before as well.
I have three teenagers – currently 15, 16, and 17, and I have learned that as they age, their Christmas lists seems to be shorter and shorter and consist of higher priced items. Lately, their Christmas lists consist of cars, laptops, and cell phones. While these are completely normal Christmas lists when you are that age, they are not items we are going to just buy for our kids. The stress it was causing for my husband and I to pick out that perfect gift was turning me into a Grinch! As a result, two years ago I decided we would start doing things a little differently with our Christmas.
In 2016, we added our basic Christmas budget to everyone’s birthday budget throughout the family, which allowed us to give gifts the boys truly enjoyed for their birthdays. We did not give gifts to anyone in our immediate or extended family that Christmas. I did prepare stockings for everyone in my immediate family (because who doesn’t get excited to find a sock filled with awesome stuff at the end of their bed on Christmas morning? I certainly do!) Outside of our stockings, we used our Christmas budget to bless someone outside our family with something they couldn’t afford. We each sponsored someone else’s Christmas with what would have been our individual budget. Our whole family found that to be rather rewarding.
This year, we have decided we are going to switch things up again. Instead of exchanging presents, we are going to buy experiences. For all of our nieces and nephews, siblings, and parents, we looked up places for them to go and spend time with their family (and asked for them to take pictures to send to us when they did.) For our immediate family, we pooled our Christmas budget again and are going to spend the last weekend in December doing stuff together as a family. We will make memories with different activities that were picked out to highlight each individual’s interests. I know that my boys will be moving out sooner than I realize (and that the time will fly by until then), so I want to make memories that we can all think back on.
I can say it feels very freeing to let go of materialism for the holidays and find different ways to celebrate this season. Do you celebrate Christmas with different traditions than the typical American family?
This week, let me introduce you to Susan Kanten!
Susan is our newest member here at The Second Floor. She is originally from the very northern part of California, but she has lived in Cheyenne for twelve year now. She enjoys hiking, yoga, and spending time with her husband (who works for Cheyenne Fire and Rescue) and 9 year old son.
I asked Susan to tell us a little about her work – this is what she said:
“I work for Technology Partnership Group (TechPG) which is based out of Indianapolis, IN. TechPG has software called EnABLE which is used for public entities as a grant, loan and bond management system. The system is also used for economic development. I am a Senior Business Analyst for the company and frequently travel to our clients to determine how their current business process will work with the new software, help configure the system and provide training. While working for the State for 7 years I had the opportunity to be involved in software conversion projects which is where I found I had an interest in this type of work. I enjoy being able to travel and having new challenges with each new client I work with.”
Susan utilizes The Second Floor as a change of scenery from her home office and to get away from the distractions of working from home.
“I look forward to continuing to use the space, meet the other members and see how else I can use the space for my work.”
We love having you around Susan!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! It is said that the more thankful you are, the happier you are. If you focus on the good things in your life, no matter how small they are, it keeps your focus on what makes you happy. I am thankful for the great community of people I work with every day. They are always here to give advice, a listening ear, or an uplifting word. It truly makes your work day better when you have such fantastic support surrounding you.
What are you thankful for today?
We have another member spotlight for you this week. Meet Jaime Davis.
Jaime relocated to Wyoming in 2014 from Boise, Idaho with her husband, Joshua. This Alaskan native ended up purchasing a little house on a corner lot with beautiful trees, and adopted two dogs: Elijah, a pit bull, boxer mix; and Lily, a black lab, shepherd mix. Jaime enjoys music and the arts in addition to her full time job in the field of education.
“I enjoy music and the arts, and was recently gifted a piano. I used to play, and even taught lessons for several years, so I’m thrilled to have music back in my home! In my spare time, I can be found in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces for friends and family to enjoy.”
<<<< We think she should start sharing her culinary masterpieces with the rest of us!!>>>>
Jaime utilizes our wonderful space at The Second Floor first for her “day job”, a role with the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) where she oversees academic operations, curriculum development, and student outcomes for sixteen campuses in five of the western states. In addition, she uses the space to house files, manage projects, and maintain a business environment separate from her house.
In addition to her day job, she also is the President of Beacon Harbor Services, an organization that offers speaking and training services for organizations across the country in areas related to leadership, customer service and retention, and conflict resolution.
She says “The benefit [of being at The Second Floor] for me has been four-fold. One, the office space. Two, maintaining a network within my community and building new friendships with other office mates; this has been particularly important for me since my work is often out of town and I don’t have the same opportunities to connect within my community during the work week. Three, collaboration on projects for my “side business”, including idea generation regarding business name, setup, logo, website, and other details. Four, the use of the conference rooms for meetings when needed, including board meetings for two local charities I serve with. I love the camaraderie and support of my Second Floor friends!”
<<Jaime, we think you are awesome and we are glad to have you as part of the community!>>
That’s right, it’s time for everyone to join together and belt out some tunes and dance! It’s another karaoke members happy hour. Bey’s Lemonade will be making another appearance (and some food, because alcohol). Who is going to be the first one up to the mic?
I will see you there on Friday @ 5:30pm!
Picking up with some of our newer members, let me introduce you to Gabriel Kaufhold.
Gabriel is the owner of Design the World, which is a small company (himself and his partner) that handles graphic design, web design, and marketing, and operates out of The Second Floor. They primarily focus on small – mid sized companies with a strong priority of helping the community they work in.
“We do like to support our community, and in order to do that we like to donate one website every 60 days to a non-profit or small business that’s in need. We’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of Cheyenne’s non-profits and we’re always excited to meet new ones.”
Gabe uses The Second Floor as a professional place to put his best foot forward with his clients.
“Paramount’s Second Floor has offered a wonderful space for meetings and follow-ups. Since I work remotely with most of our clients, having a physical location that I could rely on for impromptu meetings has been integral to our success.
If you have been up to The Second Floor @ the Paramount within the past year, we have probably met. If not, my name is Stacy Koch. I am the Community Coordinator & Building Manager for The Second Floor and the Majestic Building (our sister building with a pretty cool 110 year old elevator). Since Conroy has left us for adventures on the East Coast, I will be taking over the blog – a task I have successfully managed to avoid up until now.
I suppose I should tell you a little about myself at this point.
I grew up all over the eastern side of the Mississippi – Virginia, Hawaii, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ohio. I spent my teenage and early adult years in southeast Wisconsin, the land of cheese & beer (oh, and the Packers, but who cares about them?). My husband and I both have always wanted to live in Colorado, so when a job presented itself out here a couple of years ago, we jumped on that opportunity. When looking for a place to live that was affordable and had a good community to raise our kids in, we stumbled upon Cheyenne, WY. While I never imagined I would say that I live in Cheyenne, WY, I am glad we moved here. There is so much about Cheyenne to fall in love with, and I continue to find more the longer we are here.
One of the things I love about Cheyenne is it’s history. Working here at the Paramount Building allows me to work in a fantastic historical building around a bunch of forward thinking people with great coffee and cocktails! Also, I work in the heart of downtown where all the cool things happen (which has its perks!)!
If you are visiting the Paramount Building, I hope you stop upstairs to The Second Floor and say hi!
As most of you know our wonderful social media guru and Community Coordinator, Rachael, took some time off and has made our lives a little emptier by making hers fuller. Unfortunately for all of us, she will not be back as she is going to pursue other passions and dreams. We are going to miss her and the awesome job she did up here at The Second Floor @ the Paramount! We will miss her more now that Conroy (that’s me!) will be trying to fill her shoes in the interim as the Community Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator.
I have been a member here at The Second Floor since May and have had the opportunity to meet most of you, but for those of you I haven’t had the chance to meet let me tell you a little about myself. I just graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Masters in Communication and recently have been filling in on Wednesday afternoons for Stacy at the front desk. I am looking around for “adult” jobs out on the east coast, in the mean time though I have the privilege (along with Stacy) to help out on The Second Floor Blog and Facebook. If you have any ideas on what you would like to see on our blog or pictures from The Second Floor for social media use, please feel free to send them on over to me.
This is going to be an awesome time!
Well, Frontier Days are in full swing!
We hope some of you are getting out and about – enjoying the rodeos, concerts, parades and, of course, the pancake breakfast!
We will be closing a little early – at noon – on Wednesday for Cheyenne Day, but other than that, we will have normal operating hours here on the Second Floor, so come on by!
As a side note, Tomorrow will be my last day here on the Second Floor in an official capacity. I’ll still be swing by to say hello, of course, so this isn’t a goodbye, but a see you later! It has truly been a treat getting to hang out with all of you fine folks! See you around!
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