KELLY LEES – Chief Marketing Officer for Tech Will Save Us

What are you passionate about?
I’m concerned about the technology skills gap and feel the current state of education is in crisis. The ambition and passion of Jill Hodges (CEO of Fire Tech), Bethany Kolb (CEO of Tech Will Save Us) and Yana Peel (CEO of Serpentine Galleries) is inspiring and I’m so lucky to work with such an accomplished group of women.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My children’s need to be fed! I love the ritual of preparing for our daily team stand up and get so motivated by seeing the great work my team is doing.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Keep a flow diary – over the course of a few weeks take note of every task you’re doing, and note how you feel when doing that task. In retrospect you’ll see where you are in your “flow” and what tasks cause anxiety. Knowing when you are in your flow and how to deal with (or eliminate) anxiety-causing tasks really helps you map out the type of role that will make you feel satisfied, motivated and successful.

Do you have a motto or mantra that helps you at work?
Only stress about what you can control

Is there anything you can’t stop listening to at the minute?
I’m a podcast fanatic! I love Recode/Decode with Kara Swisher, How I Built This and Reply All.