Preciate Profile: Jody Dubuque

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Our company, like our technology, is about building healthy, authentic relationships. Despite being a remote team, human contact is a HUGE part of our culture. We just do it a little differently!

To help you get to know us better, we’re showcasing Preciate’s greatest asset – the employees. Our employee profiles highlight the things that they do on a daily basis for Preciate and for fun…Keeping reading to find out what they’re all about!

Jody Dubuque – Director of Channel Sales

Get to know the Director of Channel Sales at Preciate!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am a Midwestern girl at heart but currently reside in sunny Southern California. I’ve lived many years in both Wisconsin and Illinois- enjoying city living. 

I attended undergrad at Arizona State and earned a Marketing degree. Go Sun Devils! A few years later, I moved to Chicago and earned my MBA from DePaul.

On a bit of a lark, I flew from Wisconsin to California to attend my high school reunion, where I met my future husband–how’s that for networking?!?

At Preciate, you work remotely. Tell us about this experience:

 If I can share my best piece of wisdom from my own career development is to ABBYN !  What does that mean?  Always Be Building Your Network!  The time spent building relationships whether they be in high school, college or out in the community is ALWAYS worth it.  To this point, I met Preciate’s founder through a high school friend, yes that is right!  The synergy between my past experience and Preciate’s mission aligned so well and continues to be my source of inspiration to work on the Preciate team.

How has the ability to work remotely impacted your life?

The ability to work remotely has improved my quality of life immensely.  My onboarding and first year at Preciate took place during the pandemic, so I never met a single colleague in person.  That seems crazy but the strong teamwork culture paired with spending our days inside our own technology really cemented the connections for being productive remotely.

How do you make up for the isolation that comes with distributed teams?

Isolation?  What isolation? With two dogs, a snake, 3 kids, a husband, a household and a full-time job, I long for isolation!  The days I may feel disconnected I call, Slack, text or email a colleague and allow myself the time for a “catch-up” that is relaxing and not about work initiatives.  It helps build relationships and relieves any feeling of being isolated from professional colleagues.

Would you ever go back to a 9-5 in-office job? Why or why not?

I’ve found my home with remote work while I raise my family and desire to be there for all the “in between” moments life serves up.  I am also a big fan of a party or people gathering together so a hybrid work environment where teams meet up quarterly would work for me too but going back to an office all day is in my past.

What does a day in the life of the Director of Channel Sales at Preciate look like?

Since I developed the position based on my aforementioned connections and lifelong love of networking, a day in my work life is never the same. Preciate is quickly developing partnerships of all kinds in almost every time zone around the world. And since I love my job, I’ve jumped into Preciate rooms at 3 a.m. Or well past my preferred bedtime in order to accommodate potential clients around the world. Some of my favorite days are when I get to meet people in countries I’d like to visit one day because I get a little insight into their world and their culture through Preciate!

Outside the Office

What do you look forward to when you’re not at work?

I most look forward to seeing my daughter’s sweet face and how it warms my heart every single day. This may sound simple but as a working parent you soak in these moments deeply.  As a partner in a  newly married blended family, I look forward to the roller coaster of activities and adventures .. and one of the sweetest additions is our Covid dog- Cyrus.  Having never owned a puppy, I can honestly say she will be my last puppy… boy, was I in for a surprise on how much like a baby these cute creatures are but now that we are almost out of the toddler years, she’s found a place in my “not a dog person” heart that is warmed by her wagging tail and mischievous deeds.

What are some of your hobbies?

What energizes me even without getting paid is socializing, nurturing relationships, networking, connecting people and having fun! I do this for a living but realize it is also a hobby.  I may meet new people in the neighborhood and connect them with like-minded friends–it gives me great joy. Lots of laughter is what I want to be making for the rest of my life.  In my pre-kid days, I spent a year at Second City learning improv techniques and believed I would stay enrolled forever as it is belly laughing fun.  I also loved to play golf and hope to get back to it someday but for now my memories were a great way to be at rest and work. As far as traditional hobbies today- I am considering becoming a professional “Karen” for those in need.  Is it wrong to find joy in calling out the wrongs in the world and making them right?  I know my family turns to me to do the “Karen” work so I might as well own it.

What show, book, or podcast can you not get enough of right now?

True Crime documentaries- there are never enough good ones.  My husband gets suspicious sometimes of my fascination … On a lighter note, I could re-watch Ted Lasso and Schitt’s Creek over and over for the rest of my life, both such good shows about kindness.

Are you more of a movie or tv watcher? Or neither.

Can I love both?  The movie theater simply for the buttered popcorn and to play with the motorized chairs!  The invention of “binge” watching a show was great until I lost an entire kid-free weekend watching Breaking Bad… just couldn’t stop.  I lead a balanced life of TV these days and love to find a show my husband and I can enjoy together when we find time to share.

What music do you like to listen to?

I am a top 40 kind of gal and a great music follower to those who lead me to try new music.  Some of my favorites are Pink, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile, Eagles, Joshua Radin and been often teased for loving the voice of Josh Groban.