People Spotlight : Kellie
It’s really the people. I was really fortunate that my first project had so many senior leaders. The amount of learning I have been able to do is amazing. I have a seat at the table. At other companies, I felt like I had to justify myself because I am younger. If I was in a meeting with people who were three titles above me, my role was to take notes and not contribute which is a challenging culture to be a part of. At MRE, if you provide your opinions, you are seriously considered. I was able to go from sitting in the room absorbing to being a real thought partner.
I do have to say that with the pandemic, I have really missed the Happy Hours and the Holiday party. MRE does a good job of making sure you have a way to meet other people beyond your project.
What’s a challenge you’ve had to work through with the pandemic?
Planning a wedding is already stressful without having to deal with a pandemic. I wanted to keep it to a normal amount of stress. I was supposed to get married in October 2020 but we postponed to this November 2021 because of the pandemic. Trying on dresses was such an interesting and fun experience. The last time I did formal dress shopping was for high school prom!
What’s something no one knows about you?
When I lived in New Jersey, I looked for indoor hobbies because the winters were freezing!! I took a cake decorating class and can proudly say I’m stellar at decorating cakes today. I make all of my family and friends’ special occasion cakes. It’s something I really enjoy. Now I live in the warm winters of Texas and love it.
I got my yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do for a college course and had to punch and kick through boards to pass my final.