Interview with Helena Hong, New Employee Experience Coordinator

Tell us briefly about your role at XPLANE:
“My new role at XPLANE is Employee Experience Coordinator. I describe it to people who ask as office management meets human resources and surprised along the way. But most importantly, I want to make sure everyone at XPLANE are happy campers and their time at work is running smoothly and enjoyable.”

Provide a brief overview of your background and experience
“I want to try and not repeat what’s already on my resume, but I can say I learned my writing, interviewing and fact-checking skills from my stints at InStyle and Real Simple; My customer-facing consultations and mastering my paper/letterpress/craft-skills from Paper Source; My “getting the word out for a cause” and asking nicely for donations or things for free from my time at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; and my “apply-everything-you’ve-learned-up-to-this-point” and then some new skills when I started my own stationery and invitations business, Nice Owl Design Studio. I never thought I’d be a small business owner, but it was exhilarating to challenge myself and see where that road led me.”

Spotlight Questions:

Three places you hope to travel to one day?
Costa Rica, European Road Trip (as many countries possible), Barbados

Favorite Slogan:
Adventure is out there!” – Ellie from UP

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I played bass in an international all-girl band, touring US/Canada and Southeast Asia.



What is your most embarrassing album you have on your iPod that you listen to?
Danity Kane.

Dream car you hope to own one day?
Have always dreamt of a clean, fixed up Carmen Ghia I could take on Sunday Drives.

What are your hobbies?
Photography, dancing, calligraphy, cooking, traveling, hiking/nature adventures.

Cats or Dogs?
This is a risky one to answer, but I’ll say dogs!

Current book you are reading and your review of it?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Read this in high school and remember really enjoying it. So I wanted to reread as an adult to retain and process the content. Only just started a few chapters in, but can say the writing is so descriptive, vivid and deep and I’m realizing some of the subject is very adult.

What TV show can you not go a week without watching?
Game of Thrones. I’d love to watch at my leisure, but with social media in the way I can’t risk getting any plot lines spoiled (Nerd alert!)

If you could switch lives with anyone in the world today for just one day, who would it be? An astronaut stationed out in space at the time of the switch. I’d love to see what it’s like out there, just for a day!

What are three words used most to describe you?  Caring, Bubbly, Honest.

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