Interview by Steph Greegor
Name: Kendyl Skinner
Job Title and Company: Workplace Experience Manager, BARK Columbus
Neighborhood: Merion Village
One-word description: Persistent
Quote: “I pet a lot of dogs.”
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With a company name like BARK, you’d think 32-year-old Kendyl Skinner would be playing fetch all day with the resident pups. True, she does pet a lot of dogs, but mostly her job as Workplace Experience Manager has her working with humans. BARK is a maker of the Bark boxes and other products for dogs.
“My main priority at work is keeping our team happy and engaged, as well as protecting our unique culture,” said the Ohio State University graduate. “We do this in a ton of different ways, but some of the bigger ones include maintaining our facilities so we have a space where everyone is comfortable, encouraging and seeking feedback through varying platforms, overseeing our BarkHealth wellness program, managing internal communications, and looking for creative ways to constantly surprise and delight.”
Outside of the humans, Skinner also works with local rescues and shelters, or other community partners, to host internal events or be part of external events that benefit their organizations.
“My day is never the same, which I love,” said the Merion Village resident who grew up in California before moving to Ohio. “It’s always changing.”
When she’s not working with BARK’s pups, Skinner is home with her own, as well as her husband, doing work on their 110-year-old house.
“The houses are so cool; such a variety,” she said. “Merion Village has undergone a change in the last few years and there are younger people moving in and more with kids. So, we know all our neighbors and all the people. It’s also very walkable and there’s stuff nearby. It really feels like a community, which I love.”
Oh, and also, she LOVES food.
“I’m always checking out what’s new in Columbus’ great food scene,” she said, adding Watershed is a favorite. And where does she send guests who are visiting the central city?
Kendyl was named to our annual list of 52 Young Professionals You Should Know in Columbus – one for every week in the year!
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