Next Up: Katie BlitzNext Up, HR
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Position: Communications Trainee, Talent + Properties
Q: Apple or Android?
Q: Who’s your hero?
A: Lindsay Adler
Q: A quote you live by?
A: “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter
Q: Fun Fact
A: “My high school graduating class had 1,267 students – the second most in the country!”
For Katie Blitz, the shock that she is not currently back in Happy Valley watching football games at Beaver Stadium or enjoying ice cream from The Creamery is still fresh.
Instead, the 2016 Penn State graduate is in her hometown of New York City forging a career for herself in the sports communications industry.
Katie landed the Communications Trainee role with Octagon after impressing in a round of interviews and working on a trial assignment for Alyssa Romano, Octagon’s Senior Communications Manager.
Working under the recently named Rising Star has allowed Katie to learn from one of the best young professionals in the industry and gain experience in a wide range of work.
“I love that every day there’s always something new going on so I’m never doing the same thing two days in a row,” she said. “It keeps everything fresh and has me excited to come into the office in the morning.”
As the Communications Trainee in Octagon’s Talent + Properties division, Katie is often working to help market Octagon’s long roster of athlete clients, which is a dream come true for the sports fanatic.
Still, there are challenges that come along with working on the T+P side, namely familiarizing herself with the hundreds of clients across Octagon’s various sports divisions.
“One thing that has been really challenging is trying to learn as much as I can about such a wide variety of clients, especially in sports that I am less familiar with and haven’t worked on previously,” she said.
Updating client bios and researching information for media pitches take up much of Katie’s time. She also helps compile stories and links for the weekly internal company-wide newsletter with up-to-date news on all Octagon sports, entertainment and personality clients.
As far as what’s next for the Staten Island native, Katie is enjoying being home in NYC for the near future where she has learned her most important lesson to date with Octagon…
“Find something you love doing.”