Darlene Smith

It’s time to learn more about Darlene Smith, Apogee’s Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Team Leader. Check out our mini interview with Darlene below and get to know her a little bit more!

Tell Us Some Fun Facts About Yourself

My husband and I started a non-profit in 2019 that focuses on art (music, visual, etc) in the city of Philadelphia helping to create platforms for up and coming musicians and artists and helping them to grow in their craft. I always wanted to be a ballerina and trained professionally growing up – but had to reevaluate due to not growing past 5’3” (ha) and eventually a knee injury. Also, I spent my honeymoon in Africa helping to put water filtration systems in remote villages. We’re hoping to go back one day and visit the wonderful people we met while there. Although it was a truly an unforgettable experience, I’m not sure I’d recommend spending a honeymoon this way (no hot water lol).

What Hobbies Do You Enjoy When You Are Not Working?

“I love spending time in my home gym (pilates, barre, kickboxing, and weight lifting), spending time outdoors (hiking, biking), music (playing piano and singing), and also listening to live music.”

If You Could Meet Anyone in the World, Dead or Alive, Who Would it Be and Why?

Helen Keller – I am SO fascinated by her story. Not only was she able to learn to speak, read, and write incredibly well (while being born deaf and blind), she also co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union and was one of the earliest supporters of the NAACP.

What is the Best Career Lesson You’ve Learned so Far?

“Be humble and admit when you don’t know or understand something. From there, be teachable and coachable, then implement what you’ve learned.”

What is a Motto That You Live by?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky” – Michael Scott.” This quote always makes me laugh because I love The Office, but it’s also so true. I’ve learned not to be afraid to fail, and that growth only happens when you try new things or push yourself outside your natural comfort zone. The humor in the quote also reminds me not to take myself too seriously.”