Cathleen Draper
Staff Writer at Built In

Cathleen Draper is a Staff Writer for Built In’s Brand Studio. Before joining the Brand Studio team, she worked in nonprofit communications and journalism. Draper reported on voting rights, mental health, gender and equality, and arts and culture in Chicago; Madison, Wisconsin; and Buffalo, New York. 

A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Draper currently resides in Chicago. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and weaving.

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Room to experiment, elevating voices and encouraging innovation are just a few of the ways two Austin engineering leaders build a successful team culture.
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At Sysco LABS, data yields insights about where exactly to proceed on the product roadmap.
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Industry professionals are finding new roles, especially at startups in the Lone Star State.
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Closinglock’s Sushma Zoellner fosters transparent communication so her team can problem solve and grow their careers.
Members of the CLEAR team ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange
Bringing its identity technology to broader applications in hospitality and travel, CLEAR’s vision for its future is driving growth and innovation among its team.
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As more companies take a hybrid approach to work, their HR and talent teams are tailoring the onboarding experience to meet new hires where they are.
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Despite the down economy, things are looking up for GetSales. Founder and CEO Garrett Wood and two other leaders discuss how the company’s financial foundation and culture drive its rapid growth and help ‘lift the boats’ of partners and employees alike.
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To be truly mission-driven, organizations need both alignment and excitement.
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Engineering leadership encourages team members to constantly explore roles typically outside their comfort zone.
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Both off-the-cuff learning and structured career development opportunities allow MVF employees to constantly reach new heights.
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With a cross-functional and multidisciplinary approach to UX design and a reliance on customer feedback, flockx is building a product truly for its people.
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These four salespeople use a consultative approach to win customers and keep them coming back.