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Team Spotlight with Emily DeSantis


Get to know the people behind the insights in our Team Spotlight series. We sit down with employees throughout the firm to learn about their experiences, background, and what makes them tick. In this edition, we chat with Emily DeSantis, an Insights Manager on our Retail & E-Commerce Industry Team, who has been with KS&R since 2012 and holds an MBA from LeMoyne College. Discover what drives Emily, her advice to her younger self, and more in this Q&A.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the KS&R team?

In addition to the great people I work with, I’ve been with KS&R for over 10 years and I’m never bored! Each day is different – there are always opportunities to grow my skill set and learn something new.

What advice would you give to yourself at age 15?

Hmm, where should I start – 15 is a tough age! Be confident in yourself and the choices you’re making. Try to care less about what others think (an almost impossible task), take risks, and have fun!

In your opinion, what does the world need more of?

This is a very generic response but it’s true – kindness, patience, and empathy. I think at times we get so caught up in the day-to-day activities and our own opinions it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture – we all just want to be healthy and happy!

Aside from necessities, what is one thing you could not go a day without?

Excel! I use Excel for everything – not only daily at work but for a ton of things in my personal life (addresses, party planning, etc.). I even have a file that tracks Christmas gifts back to 2017!

What’s your favorite zoo animal and why?

My son is one and a half, so we go to the zoo a lot! He loves monkeys so I would say they are my favorite zoo animal too. He would watch them run/jump around for hours if he could.

What is the best/worst purchase you’ve ever made?

I have one purchase that falls into the best and worst (depending on whom you ask) – a ball pit for my son including 500+ plastic balls. It’s the best because he loves it! We’ve had it for several months now and he still plays with it daily. The worst for me because I spend way too much time each day picking up balls all over the house and throwing them back into the ball pit.