Alyce All-Stars Featuring Stephanie Blackwell

Learn more about New Yorker, knitting novice, and night owl Stephanie Blackwell to find out what makes her a Personal Experience All-Star!
All-Star Blog Hero Stephanie Blackwell

About this program

The Alyce All-Stars program exists to highlight Alyce Customers and Friends who have mastered the art of “personal experience.”

An All-Star prioritizes Building Rapport, Earning Trust, and Generating Loyalty over making someone feel like just another face in the crowd.

All-Stars challenge the status quo and – while they’re not officially Alyce employees – we consider them an extension of our team. They find creative ways to infuse our core values of Give First, Give Consistently, Be Crafty, Seize the Present, and Unwrap the Possibility into their unique way of doing business.

This week’s All-Star is Stephanie Blackwell, Demand Generation Manager at Demandbase!

Stephanie Blackwell, New Yorker, knitting novice, and night owl.

Learn More About Stephanie Blackwell

Q: Share with us some of your personal interests?
I live in New York and one of my favorite things to do is go to shows, so I’m so excited that things are opening back up and Broadway shows are coming back. Being in New York I also of course love brunch and happy hour with friends. I’m also a pretty big fitness buff, I picked it up during the pandemic. I caved and got a Peloton but now I love doing all the workouts. But I also love to knit! I actually just knit a blanket for my grandfather which was a fun project. So I have a lot of interests.

Q: What was your first AIM screen name?
It’s funny my first screen name was nycgirl that I made in kindergarten and we lived in California at the time so I’m not sure why I went with NYC but its fate I ended up here I guess!

Q: What song is on repeat right now for you?
I’ve been listening to the new Olivia Rodrigo album a lot recently. It just makes me feel like I’m 16 again.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really young, I wanted to be a pole vaulter in the Olympics. I did gymnastics when I was younger and my older sister said that it was really hard to get into the Olympics as a gymnast but with Pole Vaulting you needed to be just as flexible. So that changed my mind and I decided I wanted to be a pole vaulter. But I tried pole vaulting later and hated it so that dream died pretty quickly.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the place where you live? Why and how do you take advantage of it?
I’m from a small town so I’ll talk about where I live now. I mean, the energy in New York is just unmatched. Everyday there is something new to do and see and experience. It’s invigorating.

Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
Bad At Mornings And Other Stories. I’m so not a morning person and it’s a running joke in my family that I just can’t function in the mornings. I’d picture the book in a David Sedaris or Mindy Kaling style of just stories from my childhood, not necessarily a chronological order of events in my life.

QL What’s something you consider yourself to be ok at but not great at?
Crafting in general. I do knit but I’m not the most amazing at it but doing things like needlepoint and crocheting are just nice, kind of mindless activities I can do in front of the TV that’s not going on my phone.

Q: What is the best gift you have ever received?
For my ninth birthday my parents let me adopt a cat. He lived for 15 years and he was amazing. And then another gift that was more of a physical gift was a necklace my dad gave me for graduation. I always wear it when I fly, I’m not sure why but now it’s a ritual.

Q: Beach, safari, or forest vacation?
Definitely the beach. I feel like it’s the vacation where you can actually unplug without having to worry about anything.

Q: If you could give a piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Everything is temporary. You don’t have to have everything in your life figured out because everything is going to change.

Q: Would you rather be an olympic gold medalist or win a nobel prize? And why?
As much as I would like to say Olympic Pole Vaulter I think my dream has changed and I’d want to be a nobel prize winner because whatever I accomplished would be beneficial to more people. Gold medals are for you, nobel prizes impact a larger group and I’d want to make that larger impact.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl? How do you like to start your day?
A night owl through and through. Unfortunately I always get my second wind around 9:00 PM. It’s really unfortunate. I can’t go to bed before midnight. I try, I just lay there. It doesn’t happen. Doesn’t matter what time I have to wake up the next day.

Q: How did you meet your childhood best friend?
We lived a block away from each other and the ages of our siblings and ourselves matched up perfectly. So we have 3 girls, they had 3 girls and each of us had a built-in friend. My parents met their parents first and realized their kids’ ages all matched up so they kind of just made us friends.

Q: If you could live through any event in history, what event would that be? Why would you want to live through that event?
Seeing the moon landing live on TV while it was happening. I feel like that was a time that brought the entire country together in something we could be proud of, rather than being brought together in tragedy.

July 16, 2021
Stacy O.