Our Humans of 3Q series continues this week with Jessica Leal, Office Manager and Corporate Travel Manager, out of our New York City office! Get to know Jessica below:
Explain your role at 3Q in 3 sentences or fewer:
I handle all of all the needs/wants/concerns of the NY office; I also plan fun offsite activities! In addition, I manage of all of the travel for the company as well as assist our three recruiters with scheduling interviews for all of the offices.
What’s one life lesson you wished you had learned earlier?
Just one? In recent years I’ve learned that life is too short and we really have to learn to slow down and enjoy every moment. Always tell the people you love that you love them, and tell them often. *I guess that counts as two :)*
What sets 3Q apart from other agencies in the industry?
This is my first job in the industry, so I don’t have much to compare it to in that respect. However, this is my first job where my employers care so much about their employees. I’m used to work environments that rarely take the time to make any sort of effort to make their employees happy; it’s been an extremely welcome change!
What’s something that makes your office cooler than the other 3Q offices?
Does being located in New York City count? *Kidding!* I don’t know about cooler, but we are a close-knit office with a very open and friendly vibe. We genuinely like to hang out with each other, which is awesome. And we just got a Bevi seltzer machine!
How do you spend your free time?
Since I recently began culinary school, I’m always trying out new recipes (usually on my boyfriend, who is happy to oblige), as well as reading tons of food blogs for inspiration. I love traveling and being inspired by seeing and tasting new things. The beach is my home-away-from-home in the summertime. And of course finding time to see my friends and family, which is #1 in my book.
When coworkers from other offices come to visit, what’s one thing they absolutely have to do in your city?
Being born and raised in Brooklyn, I have some serious hometown pride and would love to tell people to go take the train down to Coney Island, take a walk on the boardwalk, and grab a hot dog at the original Nathan’s and a beer at Ruby’s. And if you’re feeling adventurous, ride the Cyclone (celebrating its 91st birthday), or at least the Wonder Wheel.
What’s the last thing that you read that you loved?
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett.
What 3Q initiative outside of your job description are you most proud of being a part of?
Being on the work/life balance committee has been a really great experience so far. If there’s one thing I find super important, it’s trying to promote the fact that it’s OKAY to take time for yourself. We only have one life to live, and the majority of it shouldn’t be at a desk.
Tell us about your morale associate (pet: if you have one)
We have two adorable dogs who visit once in a while, and it’s always a treat when they do!
What’s been the coolest thing you’ve done with your unlimited PTO?
Hands down, my trip to Italy last November. I’ve traveled to Europe before, but there was something magical about waking up on a vineyard, and the wine, and the food, and the people, and the history. If only I could work remotely from Tuscany…
Have you participated in 3Q 3%? If so, what’s been your favorite experience?
I’m in charge of it for my office, so yes, I’ve participated! So far my favorite experience has been assisting in the setup for the Housing Works Design on a Dime event. And I’m very much looking forward to our next volunteering event at a soup kitchen next month!
If you could switch lives with someone for a day, who would it be and why?
Anthony Bourdain. I feel like the words I choose to explain why won’t do my feelings justice, but he was and remains a huge inspiration. His curiosity, passion, and open-mindedness to learn about different cultures all over the world resonate with me; I strive to discover and experience one day for myself.
If you could choose any TV show or movie world to live in, what would it be?
I have an unhealthy obsession with The Office (the American version), but they just have so much fun! Also Under the Tuscan Sun…
What’s the last documentary or film that you saw?
Avengers: Infinity War – so good!
What’s your favorite thing to cook?
I love making Momofuku’s Bo Ssam (although I’ve only made it twice). It sounds fancy and always impresses a crowd, but is super simple to cook! Check it out if you want to try it yourself :)