Working on building the Candor team and product.
2023 - currently
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I really admire teammates who are…

Open, honest, candid. The less fluff, the better. Get straight to the point and be real. It's a matter of respect.
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Kindly candid, thoughtful doers
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High agency, energetic and comfortable moving fast.
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One thing that might surprise you about me…

She can be extremely funny and friendly, 1 minute later she's lazer focused
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She excels at making calls with what's known in that moment.
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Teammates say one thing you might misunderstand about Kelsey is…

she cares first and foremost about Candor's culture

It's not fundraising, or PR, or any of the roles required to run the company. Whenever we talk shop, we almost always have a brief touchpoint on maintaining or observing the company culture.

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Best way to get me excited about something

To get excited about something yourself, and show her why she should too!
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Tell me with energy! Show me the outcomes.
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When I'm stressed, you might notice me…

Get really quiet or stop talking altogether
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Be quieter than usual. I'm generally really talkative and bubbly.
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Something that drives me crazy 😵‍💫 🤬

People who interrupt!
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My Achilles Heel is…

Patience

If I could change one thing about myself, it'd probably be this. I'm so damn impatient with everything. I think it comes from being competitive. I love winning, so sometimes I just want to push to get there faster. If you see me pushing too hard (someone else or myself) please, please, pleaseeee let me know. Reminding me of the big picture helps a lot.

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A fun fact about me is…

I have four younger brothers and our names all start with K's!

Keith, Kevin, Kyle, and Kent. The chaos in my house growing up was so real.

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Most fulfilling project I've worked on

Candor, duh :)

No seriously, this is my life's work. I used to joke that this would be my version of charity and if I never got paid for it, that'd be okay with me. My hope for Candor is to help people be their authentic selves, be seen at work, and have life-giving relationships with their teammates. It's something that's been so important to me personally that I really want to share it with the world.

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How I relax

what's a relax?!

just kidding :) kind of, haha. I do have some trouble relaxing, as I find work very grounding. Outside of work, I spend time exercising, meditating, and traveling. I love love love planning trips, trying new restaurants / cafes, and catching the sunset.

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What I'm like at work

Confident7
Persistent7
Hard Working5
Enthusiastic5
Thoughtful4
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I learn best by…

blocking time to do it2
doing it2
hearing someone explain it2
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You will make my freakin day if you…

share an idea2
respect their time1
take something off their plate1
slack shoutout1
jam with me1
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I like to get feedback when its given…

face to face2
with examples2
in the moment2
1:12
just tell them1
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My favorite books 📚

The Alchemist

Love the idea of the universe conspiring to help you fulfill your dreams. I read this once per year and find new gems every time.

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You can ask me about

What to do in Lisbon1
No code MVPs1
Hiring1
Teal organizations1
Team culture1
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Things that deeply motivate me…

Winning 🥇3
Work to make the 🌎 a better place3
Getting things done ✅3
Making money💰2
Being my most authentic self 🎨1
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My workplace

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My new work set up in Lisbon!

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Outside of work, you'll find me...

Spin classCoffeeLong walkBeachFriendsNYT Fiction bestseller

A mix of exercise, good food and drinks, and people I love make the best days!

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My happy place

Kelsey Bishop's happy place

Lisbon is my happy place! I love the energy here and feel like I'm my best self. Put me in front of the river with my laptop and I'm a happy camper.

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Personality type

enneagram three

type 3, 2 wing, sp/so, 378 fix I loooove the enneagram!!

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Me when sh*t hits the fan

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My superpowers

Fosters high performance teamwork3
Makes decisions promptly, even with uncertainty2
Maintains clear long term vision that drives decision making2
Invests and is interested in personal and professional growth1
Consistently hits goals and is a high performer1
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My areas for growth

Willing to openly have difficult conversations2
Maintains effective work life balance2
Intentional and strategic project planning1
Balances internal resources effectively1
Motivated by making community/world impact1
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I'm energized at work by…

asyncgetting sh*t done.in person workjam sessions

I love to say that the future of work is remote, but honestly I love some good in person time. It's my favorite time of the quarter when our colocation week comes around! We mostly work async when we can, which I think is my preferred day to day way to work. The weekly jam sesh on product is SO fun for me too.

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My core values

AchievementAuthenticityAutonomyFunCommunityChallengeFairnessHonestyHumorOpennessRespectSpiritualitySuccessWealth

I think that success and winning is important to me, but over the years I realize that it needs to be in the right environment - where I feel supported by the team and have the space, trust, and respect to do my best work.

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The best environment for me is:

time for deep work in the AMback to back meetingsno swiss cheese calendarlots of in person collabquarterly in person offsites

I love starting out my day with 1-2 hours of uninterrupted time where I can be creative on product, growth, etc. I spend a ton of time on the phone, which can be energizing for me, but I definitely don't feel creative after. Doing my deep work before is a good way to make sure I get it in before I'm exhausted from talking calls all day.

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👋🏼 I'm Kelsey

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What does this graph mean?
The beginning of my Candor journey! Start to experiment with hypotheses around belonging at work, culture alignment, and how to find people you love working with.
2021 - 2022
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Going outside my comfort zone...

A difficult conversation to let someone go.

This was one of the hardest conversations / decisions I had to make throughout my career. It's awful and uncomfortable. I know it's part of building a company, but it's a tough situation that I do my best to avoid.

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Learnings

I'm trying to get better at written communication

I spend most of my days on the phone, so verbal comms feel easy to me. Written comms feel just as (maybe more!) important in a remote world and I really want to be able to communicate my points without having to hop on the phone with everyone.

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I worked best as a…

Functional executor: I love driving projects from the ground up. Doing the task gets me fired up.

I'm more of a doer than a strategizer. That means I might need a nudge to spend time "strategizing" and making our high level plan super clear. I prefer to be in the weeds, but recognize sometimes it's good to take a step back to see the full picture.

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My superpowers

Invests and is interested in personal and professional growthFosters high performance teamworkIntentional and strategic project planningClearly communicates purpose and visionCollaborates effectively with teammates

I really enjoy solving new problems and working across different areas of the business. I like to go deep on things and rarely shy away from areas I haven't had experience with in the past. I also work pretty fast and am pretty good at context switching.

After college, I moved out to SF to join an early stage startup. I learned so much about operating at this stage and met amazing teammates.
2018 - 2021
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Learnings

So many! A guess a few feel top of mind as I'm building Candor: 
  • The power of product market fit and finding a pain killer use case for your product (Vanta)
 
  • Great leadership -- being able to push people while still being an empathetic supporter. (Ryan Delk at Omni)
 
  • One of the biggest things I got from my experiences during this chapter was my network. Looking back, I met so many talented people at Omni who continue to support me on the journey today. 

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People who shaped me

Ryan DelkAustin DiamondBec HuAnika NamkungMadison CunninghamMaddy EwinsCatherine ChinSoleil Kellar

So many people come to mind. I worked with so many talented people who pushed and supported me day-to-day. I feel so lucky to have worked with all of these people and learned from them.

At Boston College, I joined my first startup (Campus Insights) and learned how to do sales. It was my first exposure to a high-impact role where I loved the people I worked with.
2015 - 2018
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Proud moment

Being a part of the Campus Insights acquisition by Harvard Student Agency. Was really cool to have that moment along side our small, hard-working team. 

It felt like a culmination of our hard work and it was amazing to see Campus Insights live on after our team. 

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Learnings

  • Working at Campus Insights in sales - learned the power of a cold email and how to do sales. This is probably the single most important skill I could have learned for being a founder
  • Surrounding yourself with people you admire. I feel so lucky to have met other college friends who loved startups and were working on them in college.