Lindsay Smith, Talent Acquisition Manager

The only team member to have sparked an impromptu dance party in New Zealand, Lindsay brings a unique beat to Catalyst, a tempo informed by her love of CrossFit, passion for karaoke, and complete and utter addiction to coffee.  (Lindsay hails from Seattle, where newborns are practically weaned on Mocha Macchiatos.)  Prior to joining Catalyst, Lindsay worked as a Recruiter at a "humongous" health club in Bellevue, Washington, sourcing candidates for a wide range of positions including personal trainer, nutritionist, yoga teacher, spin instructor, line cook, and even staff physician.  (Rest easy, Lindsay.  We've already got an awesome team doctor.  We could use a good line cook, though.)  Although she loved her time in the fitness industry, Lindsay longed to transition to something more meaningful (and let's face it, what are SAT prep companies, if not meaningful), and so she packed her bags, booked a one-way ticket from Sea-Tac to Austin-Bergstrom, and began her new career as Catalyst's Talent Acquisition Manager in Austin, Texas.  As the head of Catalyst's recruiting efforts, Lindsay spends her days sourcing and interviewing prospective team members, posing questions like "How long have you been working in marketing?" and "Why are you looking to leave Princeton Review?"  (To be fair, only thirty percent of our applicants are looking to flee Princeton Review.)  When she's not reviewing submissions from Indeed or connecting with candidates on LinkedIn, Lindsay likes listening to country music, reminiscing about her post-college adventure in New Zealand, and doting on her sixteen-year-old cat, Gilbert, whom she affectionately calls Gilby.

Why She Works for Catalyst

Came for the free office muffins.  Stayed for the free GRE prep.

How the Universe Has Punished Her for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Ever since humans first became aware of their own existence, people have bemoaned their fate, the one tragic flaw that almost makes life unbearable.  For Emily Dickinson, it was her devastating loneliness.  For President Lincoln, his chronic bouts with depression.  In Lindsay's case, her cross to bear is that she is mercilessly, incurably, cracked up by corny "dad jokes."  Show Lindsay that scene in the Big Lebowski in which John Turturro erotically licks a bowling ball and you won't even see her smile.  Show Lindsay a clip of Louis C.K. doing his "My kids suck" bit and you won't hear so much as a chuckle.  But tell Lindsay a silly dad joke like "Why did the coffee file a police report?  It got mugged!" and she'll double over, emitting seismic belly laughs and clutching her sides.  Here are a few of Lindsay's all-time favorites for your eye-rolling pleasure: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?  Frostbite.  What do you call a fake noodle?  An impasta.  Why can't you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom?  Because the pee is silent.  (This last one may take a couple of seconds to process.) 

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

Pretty in Pink / Sidney Altman (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989)