Employee of the Quarter Spotlight – Catherine Mohr
December 12, 2019
Check out our interview and learn a bit more about Catherine below!
Congratulations! Let’s start with a little introduction to your role here at DDC. How would you describe your position?
As a proposal, I work with the business development team to develop written responses to new business opportunities. Sometimes they’re formal responses to RFPs or they’re born from conversations and meetings the BD team has with prospective or and/or current clients. Either way, we try to show the depth of what DDC can do and why we’re the best equipped to provide whatever it is they need.
Everybody has a morning routine. What are the first things you do when you arrive at the office in the morning?
I put my stuff down, immediately grab a coffee and then actually sit to review my list of ongoing projects and where they are in the process and prioritize what’s still on my plate to make a general game plan for the day.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It typically involves meetings with the BD team and various subject matter experts to strategize what we want to put in front of a potential client, following along with email chains and conversations as those plans shift and change and, as I’m sure you can imagine, a fair amount of just putting my head down and writing.
How do you relax after a hard day of work?
Typically, I try and read or work on a puzzle – something that is quiet, I can do on my own and requires just enough brain power I can focus on it without having to struggle to think through anything too complicated.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned while at DDC?
Finding my place in team dynamics. I think it’s important to know just your strength in leading or following, but when it’s an appropriate time to take on either role depending on who you’re working with, the kind of project and its ultimate goals, and most importantly, what the deadline is.
What skill outside of your work at DDC would you like to master?
I play flag football during the week and I’m not necessarily “good” at it, so I’m just trying to actually be useful on the team vs. the top cheerer on the sideline.
On a Sunday afternoon, where would we find you?
On Sundays I’m typically with friends as we try to avoid thinking about the upcoming Monday for as long as possible.
What motivates you?
It sounds so corny but being around so many people who work hard motivates me to put in at least as much effort as everyone else. I think it would be impossible to give the energy and time it takes to put together proposals and pitches without knowing that we’re all working hard on this project, we all see the value in the work and I want to achieve that end goal as much as everyone else (I’m also pretty competitive and love to win, so that helps too).
What has been your favorite memory at DDC thus far?
I went with the team to the BP PAC pitch to click through the Ceros presentation earlier this year and it was really cool to get to see what I had helped put together actually in action.
DC is full of tourist attractions. What’s your favorite place to take visitors in the city?
I’m trying to think of a non-obvious answer, but the memorials at night just can’t be beat.
The Ken Deggs Employee of the Quarter Award honors DDC employees who go above and beyond to ensure the success of our clients, and our company. Named after longtime friend and colleague Ken Deggs whose character and work ethic exemplified excellence, the award provides donations to the Ken Deggs family while honoring his proud legacy.