Molly Staats at Lucky Orange

Meet the Lucky Orange Team: Molly Staats

You may not know our senior marketing manager by name, but you’ve probably already engaged with some of her work. In this edition of “Meet the Lucky Orange Team,” it’s time to get to know the one and only Molly Staats.

Molly is many things here at Lucky Orange – a marketing whiz, Pop-A-Shot guru and die-hard University of Nebraska football fan. (We don’t hold the latter against her though.)

In her role, Molly gets to wear different hats here at Lucky Orange and works across the company with multiple teams and departments.

For example, she may start her day with the sales team to improve client services, work with our product designer on the look and feel of the Lucky Orange interface around noon and meet with developers to find ways that will optimize our technology to better serve our users at 3 pm.

No two days are alike for Molly, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“What I love most about working at Lucky Orange is the constant exposure I have to all parts of the business. Most of my day is filled with your more traditional marketing activities including partnership engagements and implementing marketing campaigns crafting messaging, but the work definitely doesn’t stop there.” Molly explains.

I caught her between projects and put her in the “Meet the Lucky Orange team” hot seat to ask her six questions:

Angi Bowman (AB): Let’s say you’re describing your job to a 5 year old. How would you explain what you do here at Lucky Orange?
Molly Staats (MS):  In the simplest of terms, I help teach people about who Lucky Orange is and what we do. Then more importantly I try and get them to like us. Heck – forget just explaining it to a 5 year old; this is how I explain it to my parents and grandparents!

AB: You’re a strong contender in our interoffice game of PIG on the Pop-A-Shot.  What’s your strategy to winning?
MS: It’s all about shock and awe. If you come up with a shot that is so “out of this world,” people are distracted by your pure athleticism and paralyzed by fear of failure to continue on with the game.

AB:  You’re definitely the marketing team’s Pop-A-Shot Superwoman! Speaking of being Superwoman, as a mom of a newly turned 1 year old, how do you balance work and home?
MS:  I am really lucky (pun intended) to work for a company that is understanding of our lives outside of the office. As any working parent can attest, there really is never really a true balance but surrounding yourself with a supportive leadership team and co-workers helps ensure you are able to avoid “dropping too many balls” on either front. Being able to be fully present when I am at work and fully present at home when I am home makes me a more productive employee and allows me to enjoy my time with family and friends with no strings attached.

AB:  I know it’s not easy to be a working mom, but you make it look easy. Now, as someone who has moved quite a bit over the last few years, what was the biggest adjustment moving from a small Kansas town to New York City and then back again to Kansas City?
MS: The food. The difference between the home cooking at my parent’s house, the ramen in Greenwich Village and the barbecue in Kansas City couldn’t fall further away from each other on the food spectrum.  All equally good in their own right, but man do I miss the 24-hour delivery in New York.

AB: That sounds incredible! Moving on… what is something you’ve never done but would like to try?
MS:  I am not sure this exactly answers your question, but one of my bucket list items is to attend the Olympics — preferably the Summer Olympics but either will do. I have no illusions that despite my best efforts I will ever become an Olympic athlete so watching it in real life is the next best thing.

AB: It’s time for the last question, and you’re going to love it. If you had to go up against Danny (our chief operating officer) in the World Karaoke Championship, what song would you sing to put him away?
MS: Without a doubt, “Man, I feel like a woman” by the great Shania Twain.

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