Kaylee joined Freshmade through her own sheer will. We weren’t actively hiring for a project management position at the time, but this young woman reached out directly and impressed us with her perseverance, intelligence, and maturity. It’s not easy to get hired at Freshmade–we’re a picky bunch–but we knew immediately that Kaylee would be an asset to the team.
Turned out, this was not a unique story in Kaylee’s professional and academic journey. When Kaylee was still in high school, she was determined to be one of the hand-selected students to be part of ‘The Agency’ in University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. So much so, that she wasted no time and became enrolled in the Florida Atlantic University’s high school so she could be working toward her bachelor’s degree and h.s. diploma simultaneously. To that end, she was the first (and only!) high school student to be admitted to ‘The Agency.’
That kind of single-mindedness is not something easily come by at that age, but Kaylee would tell you it’s been a trait since childhood: “My parents never set limits on what could be done. They told me that doors never start closed, so there’s every reason to try. Early on, I made the choice to be ambitious and go after what I wanted.”
Her ambition lay in communications. At The Agency, she worked with Orangetheory, Bolay, OMI Nutrition, and many other clients by helping to lead public relations campaigns and working as an account manager for her clients. That real client, real-world experience at college-age helped her learn to wear multiple hats, manage challenging clients, and envision a clear path for her professional future.
“I’ve always loved the psychology behind design. I’m more of a visual storyteller, and I’m particularly passionate about the strategic foundation that leads to successful design,” says Kaylee. “In fact, that is specifically what led me to Freshmade and made me want to be a part of the team as my first career move coming out of college.”
Kaylee has certainly jumped right in, helping adapt our project management system for a rapidly growing team. She helps drive resourcing and trafficking, and managing deadlines for our clients. A newly wed, her brilliant future is beginning to unfold both professionally and personally. “Right now, I’m just really focused on working with a diverse set of clients, solving new problems, and being newly challenged,” she adds.
Whatever her aim, we know she will crush it. Her insatiable willingness to pitch in, desire to learn more, and simply ‘be better’ inspires our whole team, and that’s invaluable in and of itself.