Equal parts organized and driven, client coordinator, Kirsten Weinsheimer, has been keeping up with all things Blackstone for the last two years. In that time, she’s worn a lot of hats and has been a part of every major company accomplishment since she onboarded. But, as valuable as Kirsten is to our team, she is even more so to the clients she works with. Always putting their needs at the forefront, she is her portfolios biggest advocate and she puts 110% into every project. What makes this dynamic multi-tasker tick? Read on.
Tell us how you first got involved in with client services?
I started as a Client Services intern at Blackstone. Over time, I’ve worked in administration, marketing, and am now settled in Client Services. I wanted to try a little of everything before I got settled in and comfortable. You can’t grow if you’re too comfortable!
What was your first impression of Blackstone?
Wow, this office space is awesome. Wait…there’s a freakin’ dog here? Yes, I need to work here. Please.
Were you an intern? If so, what would you tell your intern self at BSM?
It’s OK to work for free, they’ll make it up to you one day. Suck it up, buttercup.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Blackstone, whose job would you want?
Well, considering I can’t draw to save anyone’s life or “code,” and I’ve already worked in all the other departments, I’d honestly stay right where I am. I love working with my clients. They are awesome and make my job fun and challenging. I also love helping my team in a way that’s actually helpful. Being able to draw stick figures really isn’t helping anyone.
What has been your favorite project at Blackstone?
Oooooh. That’s a tough one. They are all so unique in their own ways. I will say that I did really enjoy working on the Sonoma-Cutrer website. This was before I worked in Client Services. I was able to help in the beginning of the project during Discovery and also had a hand in entering a lot of the content. The site turned out beautiful, has won awards, and now that I am in Client Services, I get to work with them on all other projects. It’s a great team to work with and the projects are always fun and challenging.
Any favorite line from a movie?
“YOU CAN’T SIT WITH US!” – Mean Girls
What book did you read last?
I started a book last week called “Grace Not Perfection” by Emily Ley. Only a chapter in though, but so far so good. The last book I read all the way through was “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” Let’s just say, I have not put much of those tips into practice yet.
Do you have a bucket list? Give us two things on it.
Go to Greece —I’ve literally wanted to visit there since I watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants when I was like 11—and visit all the 50 states
What is your personal philosophy?
Be honest, not just with others, but with yourself.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My dog. Cheese. My husband. (in no particular order…)
What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
Being the first person in my family to go to college – not to mention graduate with honors. While your family is super proud of you, they also hadn’t went through the struggle of going to college, earning kickass grades, all while juggling 2-3 jobs at the same time. It was hard to not have anyone at home who understood how much it can wear on you.
What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Cheese. Puppies, too. I once ran down the stairs at Bass Pro shop, leaving my husband in the dust, to ask a man if I could pet his Australian Shepherd puppy. Seriously, it was like one of those puppies you see on Pinterest. I was not playing.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
Seriously? A little freaking elephant. I would be so cute! People would be falling down the stairs of Bass Pro Shop to come see me.
What does true leadership mean to you?
Listening to the needs of your team. But just because you listen, that doesn’t mean people will always get what they want. You have to know you can’t please everyone.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
It will all be OK. You will be so different when you’re 24. You’ll be even smarter and more confident in yourself. You won’t care what anyone thinks of you, because it doesn’t really matter. Plus, you’ll have an awesome job you never thought you’d have, and you’ll bring your dog to work sometimes. Life doesn’t get much better, so just roll with it.
What are your most overused words/phrases?
“Seriously?!” – I legitimately said that when my husband proposed…but we’re married, so I followed up with “yes.”
“Vodka.” – because people always like to ask me what’s in my ½ gallon water jug and I like to play games. Win-win.
How do you define success?
Winning…maybe not on the first try, but you don’t quit until you win. I’m a little competitive like that.
What is the best book you have ever read?
Honestly, I don’t know for sure, but I love the Harry Potter series and the Twilight saga. No shame.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I don’t know if this is surprising, but I can bake like nobody’s business though. You need a cake? I got you. Just don’t ask it to be decorated or anything, because I told you earlier that I can’t draw.