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Spotlight: Katarina Kaneff, Development

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I have Katarina here to discuss being the Team Lead of Development for Reawakenings: Art as a Catalyst. 

Farah: Hello Katarina! What drew you into joining the Development team? 

Katarina: The Development team was my first choice. I chose Development because relationships between people have always fascinated me. I find it easy to be personable, and I also don’t have any problem with talking to people I’ve never met before. I’m an only child, so having to put myself out there is something that I am used to doing. 

Farah: It sounds like you got a chance to hone in on those skills and learn more about the world of Development. What does your team do to keep on track and meet your goals? 

Katarina: As a team, we’re quite a chatty group, which I appreciate!  It’s nice that we keep in contact because if I’m working on a group project and I’m the only one pushing it makes me concerned. Trying to be realistic about timelines  is extremely important as a team and an individual. If anyone seems hesitant,  it’s good to speak to them as a peer instead of just handing out work. We plan as a team, and we have a killer critical path.

Farah: How do you keep the team motivated to work really hard?

Katarina: Everyone thinks being motivated is only one thing, but in reality it has two parts. The first part, of course, is the forward momentum. The second part, which I would argue is more important, is making sure to not get overwhelmed when tasks start to pile up. Being able to create prioritized lists for my teammates allows them to progress, and reaching goals keeps up morale. Happy teammates who feel recognized for their work will always be willing to help.

Farah: What is one thing you want to tell your team?

Katarina: That I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish, and seeing everyone’s personal growth inspires me to push myself. Learning more about my teammates  has been such a wonderful experience, and I truly couldn’t have asked for a better team. I want to thank both of them for their hard work, and I’m excited to see what they do in the future.