October 4, 2017

Not Your Average Playground Bully

We took a minute with one of our newest Account Coordinators, Ellie Diederich, who tries to get her hands on everything. And we mean everything. She’s a force to be reckon with. A machine the second something hits her desk. Okay, we get it – she’s got a passion for getting things done. But need not forget, everything she touches, she does so with a heck of a lot of heart.
We scooped this UTA grad up after she hit three milestones in a weekend. Yes, three. With a wedding ring on her finger, a job in her back pocket and a diploma under her arm, we weren’t joking when we said she likes getting things done. Ellie has been a huge asset on our healthcare side. Within four months, she’s proven herself to be reliable, efficient and a total team player.
Schaefer: Tell us about yourself. 
ED: I am an extraverted introvert. I require alone time or I cannot function. Usually I have music playing, especially on my drive to and from work. It helps me get ready for my day, and decompress by the end of it.
Schaefer: What kind of music do you listen to?
ED: I listen to anything from classical, pop, to indie. I also like show tunes. Whenever I am overwhelmed or stressed out, I immediately put Christmas music on. It automatically turns my life around. It’s my go-to.
Schaefer: What was college like for you?
ED: I went to school for Public Relations and crossed trained in Advertising, but I didn’t double-major. It’s funny, because I was a double major until my last semester of college. The degrees were very similar, and I was advised that because I cross-trained in both PR and Advertising, then the second major isn’t necessary.
So I’m technically a PR major, but they are really similar.
Schaefer: How did you originally fall into PR then?
ED: The truth? I put all of the things I was good at into Google my first year of college and pressed Search. PR was what came up. So that’s what I did.
Schaefer: Did you take any off-the-wall elective classes? Or anything you were interested in?
ED: Well, when I started out, I was originally going to be a nursing major. But then I took Biology, and knew right off the bat it wasn’t for me.
Schaefer: What are some of your biggest fears?
ED: I’m super paranoid. My family gives me such a hard time about it – jokingly and seriously. They tell me, “You need to give this stuff up to the Lord. You’re so paranoid.” For example, one time I was walking home from night class and I found a twenty-dollar bill in the parking lot. I thought, “oh, I’m going to pick that up!” But then I looked at it again and thought, “Wow what if there’s a drug on it and somehow I am about to kidnapped?” So I ended up developing an argument in my head on whether I should pick up this twenty-dollar bill. You could see how my family would pick on me for this, because it happens regularly. I also don’t like bugs, or really any flying thing for that matter. I try to avoid flying on airplanes, too.
Schaefer: Do you have any big aspirations or dreams? Like anything on your bucket list you’re killin’ to do?
ED: Honestly, I’m more of a homebody than a traveler. At first, I like the idea of going somewhere, but then I find myself thinking, “Okay, now I’m ready to go home.” I don’t like things that I’m not aware of or expecting. So, I’m not the first to do something crazy or new, for that matter. Even with my food choices at restaurants, I’m sort of a creature of habit and choose what I expect to be good.
Schaefer: So I take it you’re not big on surprises.
ED: I’ve had three surprise parties in my life. I am so bad at surprises. I don’t know how to respond and I remember at my first party, I broke down crying. [laughing]
Everyone yelled, “Surprise!” and I just wept at the door because I didn’t know what to do. The second surprise part, my mom told me the day before, so I wouldn’t be uncomfortable. She’s goes, “they’re throwing you a surprise party tomorrow, so act surprised.”
Even when Nathan proposed, I bothered him so much about the proposal, because he knows how I response to surprises, and it would not be good. So no, I hate surprises. [laughs]
Schaefer: Let’s say you have four days off of work, what can we find you doing?
ED: I would probably go to Dallas and see my nieces and nephews and be with my sister-in-laws. My family is all super close-knit, so the perfect weekend for me would be us all at the lake house together.
Schaefer: Do you have a favorite family-related story?
ED: Growing up, Christmas morning was my favorite time as a kid. My parents would get one special gift that was bigger than the rest, that we really wanted, and leave it unwrapped. They would make all seven of my siblings and I wait in the hallway, as we continued asking, “When can we  come out?” Finally when our parents would let us come out, our name would be on whichever gifts they got for us. Those were my favorite childhood memories of us all being together.
Schaefer: Was there one gift in particular that you loved the most as a kid?
ED: Well I loved baby dolls, so one year I got this decked out, fancy baby doll carriage. It wasn’t a stroller- it was a carriage. It had white lace and pink ribbons and everything girly you could think of.
Schaefer: Coming from a big family, did you share well?
ED: We had systems, where we would lay out all of our dollhouse stuff and rotate picking, so we wouldn’t fight over it.
Schaefer: What’s something unique about all of you?
ED: We were all homeschooled. So I consider my mom a rock star for having so much patience. She homeschool and mentored all of us our whole lives. I feel all of us have a really unique relationship, because we didn’t grow up in distinctions of our ages or grade levels we should have been in. We just grew up together.
Schaefer: How did you hear about Schaefer?
ED: One of my older sisters actually interned here, and I already knew Schaefer had a great reputation in the advertising world. The year my sister interned here, I went with her to the ADDY’s, and Schaefer won so many awards. So, I’ve always thought very highly of the agency. When an opening came up, I jumped at the opportunity.