Jessixa is our resident cat herder, fork finder, Mistress of Culture and the one who keeps everyone happy…by keeping our kegs full. She juggles putting out fires and never ending requests with grace and humor, while keeping our office running smoothly.
Meet Jessixa Bagley, Office Manager at our Seattle location.
1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from?
I am from Portland, Oregon.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? I had two similar jobs: When I was in high school I worked in the children’s department of Nordstrom and one of my duties was to dress up as children’s books characters like Arthur (the anteater) and Madeline for store events. And I also had a job in college where would go to children’s birthday parties and dress up as a mad scientist and do scientific party tricks. The lab coat wasn’t as hot as those costume character heads.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
When I am not herding cats at work, I am a children’s book author/illustrator! My first picture book, Boats for Papa, was published in the summer of 2015. It has received exciting press including being featured in the NY Times- which was pretty freaking awesome- as well as being on the best books of 2015 for both the Huffington Post and Boston Globe! <insert backflip here> My second picture book, Before I Leave, comes out February 2016! I also love very tiny objects. So my house is full of strange miniatures- I even wear some as jewelry! And I’m a total Francophile. If I could live anywhere I’d live in Paris.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
I should say my family, but I sort of want to say hamburgers.
5. What is your hidden talent?
I can make anything out of cardboard.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people cackle like a witch.
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been skydiving.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
I’ve been lucky to scratch off a lot of stuff off of my bucket list but these three things still remain: I would love to learn to play the cello, I’d love to see an active volcano flowing with lava (from a safe distance), and I’d love to meet Michelle and Barack Obama.
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
This is one of the hardest questions I’ll ever have to answer in my entire life. I’ll go with one from Pretty in Pink, “’Blaine.’ His name is ‘Blaine?!’ That’s a major appliance, that’s not a name!”
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
I love that I get to bring my creativity into every corner of my job. I try to influence the culture of the office in big and small ways—from sending funny emails to putting a swing in one of the conference rooms. I hope that by using that creativity, I can help people feel happy, inspired, and comfortable when they come to work!