Get To Know Gartner: Meet Katie Bloomgren

IMG_0664Name: Katie Bloomgren

University: Seton Hill University

Job Title: Sales Learning & Development Manager

Office Location: Fort Myers, FL

Describe your job in 25 words or less: My job is to help train new hires learn and master the account manager role on the MSE End User side of the business.

What originally attracted you to Gartner? Gartner’s atmosphere and culture was what grabbed me. When I came for my interview, every person was walking through the door smiling and energized to come to work. I knew I had to be a part of this place.

Who has been a mentor for you here at Gartner? How have they helped you? My first manager, Brian Charif, has been an incredible mentor for me at Gartner. From day 1 he instilled in me his mantra of: “Work hard and be nice to people,” and it’s definitely been the greatest lesson.

What is your favorite part about working for Gartner in Fort Myers, FL? Sunshine and good people! Every team down here quickly becomes your family. The atmosphere on the floor is one that is not only competitive, but also truly collaborative. You want to be No. 1 on your team/region/overall, but you also want your teammates to be as successful— but just $1 less than you.

How has Gartner helped you in your career development? Having the ability to set out a career path with my manager and VP on my first day was just another reason why Gartner was the right fit. They knew exactly what I’m passionate about and helped me create a plan to get me to my next role. Gartner provides so many resources for employees to grow their professional development — courses such as the leadership preparation program (AMP now), monthly R&P meetings with your managers, and even Win Room to gain real-time coaching experience.

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Did you move to Fort Myers for this job? If yes, what was the hardest part and what was the easiest part? I was previously working in Pittsburgh and had to relocate down to the Fort Myers area. The hardest part was leaving my family and friends up in the Midwest, and relocating my life to where I didn’t know anyone. The easiest part was actually making new friends here. Being a part of the Gartner Academy process helped to build bonds with others going through the same process. Soon you realize that Gartner quickly becomes like a family.

What advice do you have for prospective Gartner candidates? Be open-minded.

What are 3 words that best describe Gartner? Competitive, supportive and collaborative.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? The Diary of a Dog Mom

What are 3 words that best describe you? Passionate, caring and competitive.

What is one thing unique about you that people would be surprised if they knew? One of the things on my bucket list is to see a baseball game played in every stadium in the USA.

Favorite Quote or Personal Mantra: Surround yourself with people whose why is bigger than their why not.

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