Life@Squiz Q&A with Leezelle Cornejo, Digital Account Manager

Perth-based Leezelle Cornejo sat down with us to discuss the importance of building strong client relationships, visiting Japan during the cherry blossom season, and the comic books she's currently reading.

Squiz: Can you tell us a little about what you do at Squiz?

Leezelle: I’m a digital account manager based in our Perth office. It’s my job to service our clients from Western Australia, working with them to identify their business needs and helping to provide the best solutions to meet those needs. I work hard to build strong relationships with these clients and to become their digital partner.

As part of Squiz’s south-west region, I also often liaise with our Adelaide and Hobart offices, supporting each other where necessary and collaborating together as a team on a variety of projects.

How long have you been working at Squiz, and what attracted you to the company in the first place?

I’ve been at Squiz for five months, so I’m still sort of a newbie, but it’s been great so far. My background is in web and digital marketing, so it’s been a wonderful opportunity to carry on working in the digital space and continue to learn and grow.

The fact that Squiz is a global agency with a large and diverse client base – from government departments to universities – was probably the main reason I wanted to work here. That opportunity for varied and challenging work was a major drawcard for me.

What’s been the best thing so far about working at Squiz?

The Squiz DNA and company culture are definitely the best things about working here. Since I started, everyone’s been so welcoming and willing to help. It’s definitely a supportive team environment.

I also have really enjoyed the flexibility with work-life balance – it’s something Squiz embraces – and how the company encourages employees to upskill through training and other opportunities, so you can continue developing and improving your skills.

What does your typical workday look like?

My days are usually pretty different, but they always start with a coffee run. Every morning, the whole Perth office walks together to our local cafe. It’s a great way to socialise and bond with the team, and start the day off on a positive note.

From there it varies, with meetings with different clients, as well as internal discussions with our sales and production teams.

What are some of the challenges you face in your role?

Since I’ve been at Squiz for only a short time, I’d say the biggest challenges have been finding the right balance between product and industry knowledge, and building those solid relationships with our clients.

Our clients all have different business needs depending on their goals, so I have to really make sure I’m asking the right questions and having the right discussions so that we can provide them with the best solutions.

The support and knowledge of the other staff within Squiz have been amazing. Being able to draw on their experiences and see how they responded in similar situations has been very helpful. Whether they’re in Perth or in one of the other offices around Australia, everyone has been so willing to help.

What’s been your proudest achievement working here so far?

It’s definitely building the strong relationships with our clients. As I said, it can be challenging, but continuing to support and grow with them in the digital space is really rewarding.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up, and how – if at all – did that lead to where you are today?

I was really into sport when I was younger – first athletics, then tennis and golf – so it was always my dream to be a professional sportsperson.

Later, I started playing video games with my sisters (we had an original Nintendo and Playstation), and I slowly became more interested in computers and technology.

I knew that the web space was growing and wanted to be a part of it, so when I left school, I decided to study digital media at Murdoch University. From there, I did an internship at a digital agency and then ended up in account management!

What do you get up to when you’re not at work?

I enjoy travelling. One of my favourite destinations is Japan because of the culture, food, and people there. Last time, I went during cherry blossom season. There was a real festival atmosphere everywhere – it was beautiful.

I also like watching sports, such as AFL, NBA and tennis. My mum is a massive tennis fan, too – we have an annual tradition of going together to the Hopman Cup here in Perth. This year, we got to watch Roger Federer play. The crowd was so into it; it’s always such a fun experience.

I’m also into collecting and reading comic books of all kinds, from Marvel and DC to indie comics. At the moment, I’m really into The Walking Dead series – and you can’t go wrong with Batman and Wonder Woman.

With food, what’s your guilty pleasure?

I really love all types of food, but if I had to choose three, I’d say fried chicken, lasagne, and pizza.

I also enjoy dim sum – my friends and I usually do yum cha on Sunday mornings at a restaurant called Dragon Palace. We always leave very full!

If you had a time machine, when would you travel to and why?

I would travel to the future – maybe to the year 3000! I’d want to see how the world was different, what new technologies everyone was using, and whether we were travelling to and living on other planets.

Leezelle will be tweeting her week at work at @lifeatsquiz from 6 to 10 February. Follow along to see what she gets up to on a daily basis in Perth.

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