Team Spotlight: Meet Cecilia Medeiros
We’re big believers in the power of building relationships and strong connections with real humans. To help you get to know us better, we’re putting the spotlight on each of our team members. Our Meet the Team series continues this week with Cecilia Medeiros.
What is your role at CourseKey?
I am the Director of Campus Relations.
What does your day to day look like?
The title “Director of Campus Relations” is a fancy way of saying that I’m in charge of outreach to professors at different universities. What I love about my role is that I’m not focused on a transactional sales, but actually building relationships with educators. So I spend the majority of my day speaking with professors who are open to exploring leaving the traditional lecture style. It’s a lot of setting up calls, chats, training, classroom presentations, and beyond. In summary: it’s me running around campuses and talking to professors.
Describe your job in 5 words or fewer.
Campuses, campuses, campuses, campuses.
What is your favorite challenge of your role?
I think now, it’s more about listening to and understanding the different situations, challenges, goals, and teaching approaches that each instructor has and finding creative solutions that help the instructor, students, AND the classroom. I talk to instructors who teach 40 students and I talk to instructors who teach 400 students, so they have very different goals and challenges and I get to help both of them find creative solutions WITH them instead of for them.
What do you love most about CourseKey?
I started working for CourseKey in December 2014, so I love seeing and being a part of the growth of the company. Four years ago, we never imagined being in the situation we’re right now. Back then, everything was abstract and uncertain and we knew we wanted to help students and instructors to bring technology to the classroom, but we didn’t know what that was going to look like. So it’s been amazing to watch everything unfold and being a change agent in Higher Education – definitely one of the most amazing experiences of my professional life. On top of it all: the people who helped us build this company are now able to provide for their families BECAUSE of their work at CourseKey and that’s priceless.
What is your favorite memory from when you were a student?
It’s actually right now! It’s being able to work and go to school at the same time. Full-time. Not even a year ago, I don’t think that was a possibility for me. So thanks to the way our company works and some planning on my part, I’ve been able to do that and that’s been a dream come true for me.
If you could get on a plane to anywhere right now, where would you go?
Definitely to Brazil to see my family.