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Cece Payne

Content & Design Manager

Hey, there, and thanks for stopping by!

I’m SpeakerFlow’s Content and Design Manager, meaning that I’m responsible for our branding, graphic design, social media posts, and blog content.

I’ve also been referred to as the “Energizer Bunny” an alarmingly large number of times. So, either I’m really efficient or I have a caffeine problem. Either way, I just like to be busy! 🏃‍♀️

Background

To hit the highlights, I was born in central Minnesota and graduated high school in 2015, after which I attended the University of Minnesota for two and half years. During that time I studied biology, art, and design. 

However, over the last decade, I’ve worked mainly in non-artistic fields, including small animal veterinary medicine, maintenance, agriculture, and software sales. In fact, it wasn’t until SpeakerFlow was formed in spring 2019 that I branched into graphic design full-time. 

Since then, as SpeakerFlow has grown, I’ve taken on more and more responsibilities throughout the business, the most recent of which is web design. Consequently, although I entered the workforce as a teenager thinking I wanted to be a veterinarian, I’ve instead turned into a completely virtual employee and full-time artist. Who’d have thought? 🤷‍♀️

Ultimately, if I’ve learned anything – in working on this team and in the past – it’s to (a) be comfortable with making mistakes as you learn something new and (b) never put limits on what you can learn. Even if you’re completely new to the task at hand, passion and dedication will take you further than you think. 

Outside of SpeakerFlow

Outside of SpeakerFlow, I’m a freelance graphic designer, but, when I’m not working – period – you can usually find me baking, trying out new digital drawing apps, or working on one “fix it” problem or another around the house. I also love the outdoors, which in Minnesota means fishing, hiking, and spending time on the lake. 

Lastly, I’m hoping to learn more about a few other hands-on projects, including restoring classic cars, woodworking, and upholstery. Hopefully, by this time next year, I’ll be mentioning them in my hobbies instead of my “should-a, could-a, would-a” section.

Favorite Book

My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It sounds like a cliche, but I read it in 7th grade and it’s just stuck with me ever since as one I can read over and over. 

A few of my other favorites include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and The Odyssey by Homer.

Favorite Place to Travel

So far, my favorite place to travel is still Lutsen and Duluth in Minnesota. I think it was John Muir that said, “Going to the woods is going home,” and that’s what the woods, lakes, and parks of northern Minnesota are for me. 🌲💓

Favorite Type of Music

My favorite type of music is probably either classic rock or jazz. I do, however, love listening to anything and can be found listening to country, alternative, classical, hard rock, or even acapella, depending on the day. 

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