TBI celebrates notable industry leaders and professionals making an impact in telecom. Learn more about Woman of the Channel, Emily La Pierre, from TBI.
Emily La Pierre is an experienced strategic problem solver focused on visual communication working here at TBI as the Graphic Designer & Video Specialist. Emily is responsible for all things creative including branding, print assets, digital assets, motion design, and postproduction editing. You may recognize some of her work on social media, in our podcast TBI Talks Tech, or video series Train the Trainer.
Emily is always excited about learning new things, staying up to date on design and video trends, and sharing her creative enthusiasm with everyone. Outside of work, Emily is teaching herself to play electric guitar and attempting to get back into running.
What do you love about your job?
I’m about to sound extremely corny but I promise there is depth to my answer. I love being a designer because design influences and helps anyone and everyone. Design is all around us, it’s the type of phone you use, the website you browse, the chair you sit in, the building you work in, the social media apps you enjoy, the books you read, the birthday cards you send, and the media you consume. It’s all about function, communication, and aesthetics centering around the human experience, and I love being a part of that.
What do you like about working at TBI?
Not to sound like a broken record but I have to echo what many others before me have said: I like working at TBI because of the people. TBI as a whole works hard to foster a positive work environment and I really appreciate that they actively invest in their employees. Additionally, my team is amazing and I am always in awe of how innovative, knowledgeable, and funny they are.
“Design is thinking made visual”
— Saul Bass, American Graphic Designer and Oscar-winning Filmmaker
What is a key tidbit you give to others?
Throughout my life, I’ve encountered many people who appreciate art and design but always dismiss themselves as a creative, often spouting self-deprecating comments like, “oh I could never do that.” But the thing is, everyone has the ability to create and be creative. I challenge everyone to be bold enough to try, be honest enough to fail, and be stubborn enough to be the best creative you can be. That’s all there is to it.
Favorite vacation/getaway destination?
I really enjoyed visiting Boston and Salem, Massachusetts. I visited right at the peak of fall and it was absolutely magical. Chicago has great fall foliage, but I think there is just something about seeing old colonial buildings poking through brilliant orange and red hues that really brings fall to life. Also, I adore spooky things so Salem was the best.
Do you have a goal outside of your career that you'd like to achieve?
Yes! I recently started playing electric guitar and all I want to do now is learn how to shred and write music. Not that I know how to write a song, but I’d like to write at least one.
Connect with Emily on LinkedIn.