Cathleen Draper
Staff Writer at Built In

Cathleen Draper is a Staff Writer for Built In’s Brand Studio. Before joining the Brand Studio team, she worked in nonprofit communications and journalism. Draper reported on voting rights, mental health, gender and equality, and arts and culture in Chicago; Madison, Wisconsin; and Buffalo, New York. 

A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Draper currently resides in Chicago. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and weaving.

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New BigTime employees pose in front of a cobalt blue wall with their Camp BigTime swag
For the past year, BigTime has been designing an onboarding program that goes well beyond HR paperwork.
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Internships are formative work experiences that can lead to full-time roles. Here’s how Chicago companies offer experiences with impact.
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Career development programs, robust benefits and a focus on upskilling are just three of the ways Chicago companies invest in their employees.
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Building community and intentionally seeking diverse talent is just the start to fostering representative organizations.
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From makeup to fashion to design, each new year brings new trends. The data science industry is no different.
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SRAM is building wirelessly connected bicycle components that do more than provide data.
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Designers and developers are unified in one goal, but to realize it, they need to work together as a team. Built In Chicago spoke to user experience leaders at Morningstar, The Options Clearing Corporation, SRAM and FourKites to find out the secret sauce.
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Boingo Wireless’ Chief Technology Officer shares his favorite aspects of Boingo’s culture and how he encourages his team to innovate.
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For one engineer, a flow state is a journey. Below he shares its roadmap to success.
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Remote work is on the rise, and Chicago companies are embracing it.
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Strategy, data, insights and teamwork drive Bounteous’ approach to crafting transformative brand experiences.
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Brian Shields joined Boingo Wireless as a marketing professional, where he had the autonomy to explore projects that interested him. Now, he’s an engineering leader.