12 Questions for VP of Human Resources: Marlo

JAN 18, 2017 updated Apr 26, 2021

Marlo is Spoonflower’s beloved VP of Human Resources. Her office always smells amazing, she loves cats, the color purple, and we’d be lost without her! Marlo took some time to answer our 12 questions. Get to know her, won’t you?

HR director, Marlo

The first thing I want you to know about me is:

I love my husband and kids, but one day I want to resume my cat lady lifestyle. I met my husband when I was 35 and he likes to posit that he saved me from becoming a cat lady. He can think that if he wants to, but I was very happy living with just my cats in my clean house. When I retire, I plan to have a cat sanctuary out in the country for all the stray and unloved cats and I will fund it with my multi-million dollar lottery winnings.

HR Director Marlo and her family

My secret talent is:

I can write backwards. I have no idea why. I don’t ever remember trying to learn it. I just started doing it. It reads correctly when you hold it up to a mirror. And I can write backwards much better in cursive than print.

The very first thing I do in the morning is:

Hit snooze. Twice. Then feed our four cats. It is quite a production because they act as if they haven’t been fed in weeks and are famished.

The last book I read was:

Unorthodox, by Deborah Feldman. It’s written by a woman who was raised in the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism. It was an oppressive upbringing and one where women had few choices in life. She eventually ‘escaped’ and wrote this book. It exposed the dreadful underbelly of strictly orthodox Jews and the choices they make. There was a great deal of backlash towards Deborah from members of the Satmar sect when the book initially came out. I was almost unable to put it down.

The last song I listened to is:

When the Love Runs Out, One Republic

I take my coffee:

Via Diet Coke. I’ve never liked the taste of coffee anything, including coffee ice cream. But I need morning caffeine as much as the next guy.

I loooooove:

My kids. Even though my oldest daughter just turned 13 (help!) and my son is 10 (so, 10 years since I had a little baby around), sometimes I look at my son and my daughter and am amazed that my husband and I made them. I love how funny they are and how some things about them make it clear that they are my kids and how other things about them make me wonder where they came from. They act like I am a mean HR mom kind of person. Whenever I need to speak with them, or my husband, about something mundane, they all hug each other and say “It was good knowing you” and “We’ll always love you” before coming to talk to me.

They also accuse me of loving my cats more than I love them, but of course that is not true.

I’m really proud of:

How much kinder and more compassionate I become the older I get. I went to undergraduate and graduate school in New York and New Jersey and feel like I was very impressionable during that time. I am not implying that people who are from NY and NJ are unkind, but I think I definitely had rougher edges back then.

The podcast I never miss an episode of is:

I don’t really ever have time to listen to podcasts but the last one I listened to was Serial podcast hosted by Sarah Konig. It’s about Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. army sergeant who spent 5 years in Taliban captivity after walking off his post. I don’t remember ever being so enthralled by a story set in a context I knew absolutely nothing about. I googled everything I could about Bowe Bergdahl when it was over.

My favorite Spoonflower designer is:

Cjldesigns, Robyriker and Ottomanbrim. I love circles/ovals and round things and these designers are all experts with these shapes. I also love Nadia Hassan’s teardrop looking designs. I met her when I first started working at Spoonflower and she was so lovely, gracious and down to earth.

My favorite type of fabric is: Organic Cotton Sateen. I have several wall panels in organic cotton sateen fabric and they hang so beautifully.

upholstered chairs and colorful wallpaper in Marlo's office
Designs featured in Marlo’s office: chairs: Orchid Bulbs by trizzuto, Purple Punch by Thepinkhome, and If By Air – Leaves, Bright by ttoz on the walls.

My favorite design(s) in the Marketplace are:

There are so many designs that speak to me. The ones I always go back to are Moody Cubist Cats by cjldesigns (the shade on my office door is made in this fabric ). Cosmic Lattice by Robyriker, Purple Owls by Emily Burger and Lemon Peels -Mod Wallpaper – Three color by Diane F.

Moody Cubist Cats by Cjldesigns Roman shade
Moody Cubist Cats by Cjldesigns made into a Roman shade hanging on the door outside Marlo’s office at Spoonflower!

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  • ottomanbrim

    I started reading this blog post and found it so interesting. Maybe it was the love of cats or the great attitude, I was sucked in and read it all the way through. I was so happy Marlo that you mentioned liking my designs. It means so much. Thank you!
    Tina (ottomanbrim)