This month’s Employee Spotlight features our Marketing Coordinator Lyuda Promyshlyayeva. She started with Lepton Global at the beginning of this year and serves as a voice of the company in the satellite communications industry and on social media, including Twitter and LinkedIn.
Question: What is your previous SATCOM experience?
Lyuda: I come from a B2B business environment; previously working for manufacturing and distribution companies, and Lepton Global is my first experience in satellite communications. The satellite industry and government marketplace each has its own language, and most of the terms are abbreviated: VSAT, CONUS, SATCOM, etc. It has been fun to learn a jargon and the technical components.
Q: How long have you been with Lepton Global Solutions?
L: I am a newbie – I started at the beginning of this year.
Q: Why Lepton Global?
L: You know when it’s the right match! I like the family atmosphere of the company, and everyone is 110% invested in Lepton’s success. We all have a unique function in the day-to-day operations and are expected to perform well. If there is a chance that you have not done something before, you are expected to find the solution and how to apply it!
Q: What is the biggest perk/benefit of working at Lepton Global?
L: The best benefit of working at Lepton Global is flexibility; we are not tied up by corporate bureaucracy. If there is a need and a consensus to add something to make our operations more efficient, we do it.
Q: What skills are you able to use at Lepton?
L: I make a mean pot of coffee every morning, ha-ha! Then I am wired the rest of the day to write and create. I incorporate my previous experiences to make valuable marketing materials that help customers understand our values and benefits, and why they should choose our offerings over our competitors.
Q: What are some of the non-technical skills that you find useful working at Lepton?
L: I have to deal with a lot of vendors in my field, and treating others fairly is one of the tenets I stick to when conducting business with other companies. It is important to build lasting relationships and treat others fairly, and generally, my contacts will be more inclined to go the extra mile the more I work with them.
Q: Any skills that you would like to master that you think may help you become better in your role?
L: Right now I am learning website development and SEO implementation, unofficially…my knowledge of websites is from a user standpoint, not a developer’s. I have to understand how to improve parts of our website to make the biggest impact on the user experience without affecting other segments. SEO plays a big role in customer experience. Now I am focused on developing more user-friendly content. I guess it helps to be an outsider – I bet there are plenty of people visiting our site who ask the same types of questions I did when I started at Lepton.
Q: Coming from a different state, what is the largest transition you have noticed living in DC/Virginia area?
L: I definitely like the fast pace; city life in DC is amazing! I guess the biggest shocker to me was how many people walk and use public transportation. I am not used to seeing people carrying groceries on foot.
Q: Do you have any special talents?
L: Not really, but I love to spend time with kids. I don’t have my own yet, but all my friends that do let me babysit their children. And I think children love spending time with me as well, whether we go to the movies, a playground, or plan sleepovers at ‘auntie Lyuda’s’. I always try to keep them entertained, at the same time treating them as little adults. Spending time with children I love the never-ending “Why?” questions. It makes you think sometimes: “Really, why?”
Q: Do you participate in any clubs or organizations outside of work?
L: When I first moved to the DC area, I started looking for ways to get involved in the community. Isabel suggested a volunteer organization in DC, whose participants interact with children affected by homelessness. I became involved in the Community of Hope Playnight Project a few months ago and now volunteer with the group about once a week. Playnight serves several shelter communities in the DC area; their main goal is to provide children in these communities with quality playtime. We as a group come up with fun projects to do with the kids every week to give them as much attention as possible, as well as continuity in their lives. I find it rewarding because as volunteers we provide the opportunity for the kids to express themselves and to learn to interact with other children and adults. I think these children look forward to the Playnight Tuesdays as much as I do – no matter how hectic my day has been, I know I will be greeted by smiles, hugs, and the exuberant energy ready to play!
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
L: I love to travel! Over the years, I have moved around quite a bit. I also have developed a lot of friendships. Now, I plan trips just to visit friends and see where they live. America is very diverse, and I try to capture its beauty on camera. I am not really a professional photographer, but I always bring back hundreds of pictures from my trips.