Employee Spotlight – Megan Cummins

This month, we are casting our spotlight on Megan Cummins. Megan has been a Strategic Consultant with Engage fi for only 5 months, but she is already making waves. You may have seen her present on one of our webinars or during our BNPL vendor showcase. She will continue to be during our virtual events, so that’s something to look forward to! Megan is incredibly knowledgeable in many areas, and her passion for learning more is apparent when you are in her presence. She has a passion for data and digging deeper and is fantastic when it comes to keeping up with all things new in financial technology and consumer behavior to help put financial institutions on a path to success.

We at Engage fi are lucky to have Megan, and we have our own clients to thank for her! In a previous position, one of Megan’s clients mentioned to her that they work with us, and she was inclined to learn more about us. She was very impressed with what she read about the company as a whole, and with CEO Jennifer Addabbo. She reached out to Jenn and as they say, the rest is history!

A city girl at heart, Megan lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two little boys, Graham (7), and Jordan (almost 5 – Happy early birthday, Jordan!). Megan loves music. She enjoys going to concerts and playing instruments, and now her kids are catching on too. There is even a music room in their house with drum sets, keyboards, microphones, and guitars, and they take full advantage as a family and rock out regularly!

Megan has been to 48 out of 50 states and is looking forward to knocking Alaska and North Dakota off the list soon. There is so much more to Megan – read on to learn more!

Q&A with Megan

Q: What is your favorite holiday?                                                                                                               A: I love to go big for Halloween. My favorite day of the year has always been Christmas Eve and how amazing is it that my firstborn was born on Christmas Eve, 4 days past his due date!

Q: What do you enjoy most about working here?                                                                                  A: I love the feeling of being in a fast-paced company in growth mode.  There’s always a new challenge, but we are all ready to work together and just nail it.

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside the office?                                                                           A: Staying active, shopping for deals, all things music, and being a kid with my kiddos.

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: Depends on what’s in the glass!

Q: What is one thing about you few people know?                                                                                A: I have (self-diagnosed) supersonic hearing.

Q: What are your pet peeves?                                                                                                                     A: People who chew loudly (reference above, supersonic hearing)

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                                A: All things Bravo and Housewives, but I don’t feel too guilty.

Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?                                A: Nachos with all the toppings.

Q: What is your definition of success?                                                                                                      A: Feeling like I’ve made a difference and reaching new goals.

Q: Best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                                                  A: Tie between Kauai with my husband and galivanting across Italy with my girlfriend.

Q: If you were the newest crayon in the box, what color would you be and why?                          A: Anything neon.  The brighter the better!

Q: What is your favorite 90’s jam?                                                                                                            A: Anything from Achtung Baby

Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?                                                                                                    A: For some reason, I always see celebrities at airports.  Dave Grohl and Huey Lewis at O’Hare, but not on the same day.  Both were very nice!

Q: What is on the radio in your car?                                                                                                        A: I take requests and they range from Broadway to Metal.

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                A: Leaning towards organized, but not perfect.

Q: What inspires you?                                                                                                                                A: Right now, after watching her documentary, J-Lo!  She’s incredible.

Q: What is your spirit animal?                                                                                                                     A: Can I choose J-Lo?

Q: What book did you read last?                                                                                                              A: All my extra reading time is spent learning about Crypto, Real-Time Payments, and BNPL lately!

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?                                                                                                  A: I wish I could sing!

Q: What is on your bucket list?                                                                                                                  A: A Mediterranean Cruise

Q: Do you have a motto or a mantra? What is it?                                                                                  A: Just keep going.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?                                                                                      A: Take all my friends and family on regular vacations.

Q: What makes you laugh?                                                                                                                        A: Ridiculous potty humor.  I’m basically 9.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                    A: I’m an 80’s kid…everything was awesome from that era.

Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?                                                                A: My 4-year-old is always making us laugh, but when we do, he cries because he doesn’t quite get it that it’s GOOD to be funny!  Someday he will.

Q: When are you happiest?                                                                                                                      A: When my boys are laughing.

Q: What are your top three life highlights?                                                                                              A: Nothing will top bringing new lives into this world and watching them grow up.

Q: What chore do you hate?                                                                                                                     A: Cleaning bathrooms (Did I mention I have 2 little boys?)

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?                                                                            A: Believe in yourself.  You’ve got this!

Q: Do you have any advice for new hires?                                                                                            A: Welcome!  You are so lucky to be here!  Now go talk to Johanna and thank her for all the amazing training materials she has made for you.

Q: If you could learn to do any one thing, what would it be?                                                              A: I love to cook and try new recipes, but I wish I was better at it!

Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing?                                                       A: Gotta squeeze in that workout.

Q: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?                                                                                A: I’ll eat anything but bugs.  That’s where I draw the line.

Q: What was your first concert?                                                                                                               A: Madonna at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                          A: Those who help others grow to their fullest potential.

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