Rebecca Decker says there’s never a boring day at Catalyst Campus — and she should know.
The young professional started out working in the Engine, as the co-working space at Catalyst is called. She owns a marketing and project management consulting firm, called 2/RD Ltd. She was one of the first people to take advantage of the new space at Catalyst — and soon got to know Kevin O’Neil, owner of the campus and Ingrid Richter, its economic development director.
“They brought me onto the Southern Colorado Technology Alliance team as a consultant to support the marketing, events and member engagement,” she said. “It was a perfect match for my aerospace and defense and marketing background.”
The opportunity expanded with campus growth, and Decker now supports Catalyst Campus and SCTA.
“In October, my position transitioned into a full-time job,” she said. “My role has evolved several times in the past six months as the campus has grown and new partnerships have been created.”
And Decker has loved every minute of the fast pace at Catalyst.
“It’s the best job I’ve ever had — every day is different and you never know who is going to walk through the door,” she said. “For example … we were developing a strategy for a strategic business opportunity, the next moment I’m in the Harvey House observing the CyberWorx out-brief with cadets, industry and active duty airmen; an hour later, I’m working with our marketing firm and professional photographer on a promotional photo shoot in the Engine community kitchen and then planning a party for young professionals and their mentors. Best job ever!”
Decker believes the doors of Catalyst Campus opened to her because she was active in the community. She has relationships with the leaders of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Air Force Association. Every young professional should get involved, she said.
“Never turn down an opportunity, because you never know where it might lead,” she said. “Get involved with the Colorado Springs Rising Professionals and take advantage of the mentoring program. There’s no reason why a young professional in our community should not be in a mentoring program.”
Decker says Camille Blakely, co-owner of Blakely + Co., accepted her request to be her mentor.
“What a fantastic opportunity to be mentored by a leader in our community who is directing the premier marketing and advertising agency in Colorado Springs,” she said. “She’s my sounding board for creative ideas — in one lunch mentoring session we white-boarded a PR idea on the paper tablecloth at The Ritz over kale salads.”
Jami Sunkel, president of OneOrbit, said Decker showcases her deep commitment to the community and to education everywhere she goes.
“Dr. Decker clearly exemplifies the virtue of good citizenship and has gone over and above simply volunteering her time with the nonprofits in the Colorado Springs community,” Sunkel said. “I was impressed with Becca’s deep commitment to education as an active STEM advocate. I watched her actively engage with Space Foundation Discovery Center visitors by leading interactive activities with children, enthusiastically answering visitors’ questions and inspiring a passion for space exploration by creating an exciting learning experience.”