Meet the Team: Katie Gifford


Welcome back for another edition of our Meet the Team blog!

In this month of Meet the Team, we are featuring Katie Gifford, a member of our Human Resources team. Katie is a Talent Acquisition and Project Manager based in Minnesota.

We caught up with Katie to learn a little more about her.

Check out her responses below to learn about her array of hobbies and what makes working for ULG so fascinating.


Q: What do you like to do outside of the office? 

A: My hobbies and interests change frequently. A few months ago, I was enthralled with crocheting large, heavy and just massive blankets and making essential oil-based candles. A few months prior to that, I was really into my plants (I still am, now that I think about it). I water my plants with my betta fish's (his name is Mustard, as he is a gasoline mustard betta fish if you cared how the name came to fruition) aquarium water. When I take a shower or bathe, I take ALL my plants in the house with me into the shower, so they can absorb the steamy/warm air. Ask me 6 months from now and I will probably have identified a new hobby to add to my arsenal.


Q: How long have you been with ULG?

A: I have been running around ULG as of May 2017. I started as a Corporate Recruiter and evolved into where I am today, Talent Acquisition and Project Manager.


Q: What is your favorite part of your job? Why? 

A: It depends on the day, but it boils down to really enjoying frequent change. Some days, I really enjoy interviewing and recruiting, while the next day I am enjoying creating a Mardi Gras party at the office, the following day I may be absorbed into analyzing data and gathering information. My job and this organization allows me to be a Jane of all trades and a master of none, which is enthralling to me.


Q:  Why did you decide to work in the translation industry?

A: Well, quite frankly, the stars just kind of aligned that way. I graduated the University of Minnesota with a Communications degree, as I knew I wanted a degree, but didn’t know in what. I knew I loved to talk, so thought, let us give this communications degree a shot. I graduated, got a staffing/sales job and honestly, hated it, but I really enjoyed talking to everyone and meeting people. I ended up meeting someone that worked at ULG and they told me about what ULG does and I was so interested, as it’s an organization that focuses on how people communicate with one another and ensures they can keep communicating with another. Next thing I knew, I quit my job and a few weeks later started at ULG and never looked back. I now have a job that marries my passion of communicating to make the world more connected when they communicate.


You can email Katie here as well as connect with her on LinkedIn

If you missed our first Meet the Team blog, click here to meet one of our Senior Global Strategic Account Managers!

Thank you for reading another edition of our Meet the Team Blog. Tune in next month to meet another ULG employee.

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