CU Engage Employee Spotlight – Vikki Wagner
Our next Employee Spotlight is Vikki Wagner! As Marketing and Administrative Coordinator, Vikki is the heart and soul of CU Engage. She joined our team in September 2017 and has kept the place running smoothly ever since.
From Animal Minder to Marketing Mastermind
Vikki started her career in zookeeping and took care of a wide variety of species from insects to silverbacks, and she has a few animal paintings hanging behind her desk at CU Engage. Nowadays, her job consists of juggling hectic schedules, creating original graphics, branding company documents, organizing a myriad of company events, and balancing multiple marketing projects as opposed to training animals (with the exception of her dog).
Family is everything to Vikki, and she loves spending time with her six awesome nieces. Traveling is another passion of hers. She has been to Germany, Australia, South Africa, Spain, and Portugal, to name a few. The last vacation Vikki took was to Europe where she spun on her heels on the bull’s balls at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan for good fortune.
Vikki’s husband, Dave, works in sports, and they go to soccer and basketball games often. Over the years, she’s picked up random sports knowledge from him, which she can pull out occasionally and make it sound like she knows what she is talking about, even though she will admit she is not a sports fan.
Vikki loves kombucha and has also recently become obsessed with sparkling water. Around the office, she’s known for her ability to maintain the element of surprise and as the best gift giver.
If you want to know more about Vikki, keep reading!
Little Known Facts About Vikki
Q: How did you come to work here? A: Jenn and I have a mutual friend who introduced us.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working here? A: My co-workers
Q: Is the glass half-empty or half-full? A: Half-full at the very least. And if yours is half-empty, I’m happy to help you fill it up!
Q: What is one thing about you few people know? A: I fell down the stairs when I was little and bit my tongue, resulting in me getting stitches. I still have a little slit in my tongue from not holding still for the last stitch.
Q: What is your favorite holiday? A: Thanksgiving
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery? A: Rescue all the dogs/kangaroos/bushbabies, depending on where I live
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? A: Champagne and cheesecake
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Maybe a charcuterie plate plus the aforementioned champagne and cheesecake
Q: Best vacation you’ve taken? A: Kruger Park, South Africa. I definitely recommend it and fully intend to go back!
Q: Do you have an office nickname? A: “Swagner”
Q: What book did you read last? A: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Q: Like what celebrity do people think you look? A: Leona Lewis
Q: What is on your bucket list? A: See gorillas in the wild, see the northern lights, see Holland in bloom, I could go on and on, and I’ve already checked several things off!
Q: What are your pet peeves? A: Driving after it has rained, so the road is still wet, and the windshield gets hit with road mist
Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A: Are You My Mother? was my favorite book, and I had a stuffed bunny named “Fluffy” I took everywhere!
Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? A: Daily. I’m a cry-laugher
Q: Where is your hometown? Where are you now? If different, what brought you there? A: I’m from Waldorf, MD, but now I’m in Tampa, FL. I came down right after college to pursue my animal training career.
Q: When are you happiest? A: When my husband is home (he travels for work often) and when my dog smiles.
Q: What is your favorite thing or place in your city? A: The weather is a perk for sure, and I also love the food here.
Q: What would the title of your autobiography be? A: I’m the funniest Person I Know
Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A: I’ve tried escargot, eel, octopus, elk, impala, ostrich, and a few other things I’m sure I’m forgetting.
Q: Advice for new hires? A: Dive in! But don’t forget to come up for air.
Q: If you could learn to do any one thing, what would it be? A: Be fluent in at least one other language.
Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing? A: Walking my dog, Remy.
Q: What is the coolest or most important trend you see today? A: People reducing waste and plastic use
Q: If you were the newest crayon in the box, what color would you be, and why? A: According to Quizony: Tickle Me Pink. “You are carefree and girlish. You have been known to follow your heart on impulsive cavorts to tropical lands–and into countless new relationships. You live life to the fullest but somehow manage to avoid stepping on toes along your way. You go great with macaroni and cheese! (Macaroni and cheese also goes great with me).”
Q: What is on the radio in your car? A: Usually podcasts
Q: Best advice you’ve ever received? A: Be nice. Displaced aggression is real and not about you.