Get to Know Team Ditto: Margaret Huang
Read more about Margaret Huang. Margaret has been working for Ditto for the past month as a Vice President.
Getting To Know You
Where are you from?
Texas. Born in Dallas, and grew up in Kingsville, a small South Texas town near Corpus Christi.
Can you tell me a little about your background?
I’m the youngest in a family of four siblings — two boys and two girls. My parents moved to Texas from Taiwan, because my father was getting his master’s degree at The University of Texas. From an early age, my parents taught me that education is the key to success, opening up the whole world. I took this to heart, and always did my best in school. My hard work paid off with a full scholarship to college, my ticket out of town. After high school, I knew I wanted to move to a major city—New York or Los Angeles—to study journalism. I chose LA for the sunshine, beaches, and movie stars. I was not disappointed. And I continue to expand my world through travel as often as I can.
Who is your spirit animal and why?
A lion, cause I’m a Leo….and I love basking in the sun and ruling the jungle.
What would your ideal Sunday entail?
Waking up without an alarm, a latte, sunshine, some outdoor activity, my husband, my dog, great food and tunes.
If you could have dinner with three people – dead or alive – who would you choose?
Chris Cornell, Bethany Hamilton, and Buddha.
What’s your favorite curse word?
The eff word; it works in so many contexts and permutations.
How did you arrive in NYC/SF?
I moved to San Francisco to help open the Silicon Valley office of what is now Weber Shandwick. I was working for the PR firm in LA that had just landed the HP account. A stipulation in contract was that we had a Northern California presence and a person on-site in Palo Alto a few days a week. I volunteered to move to San Francisco, thinking I’d stay for two years. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and I’m still there.
Last song you listened to on your phone?
Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder.
If I wasn’t in PR, I’d be…
A professional surfer and yoga teacher.
About your work at Ditto
How did you end up at Ditto? And why did you choose to work here?
I saw a post from Trey on LinkedIn looking for smart PR folks in SF. The “better PR firm” tagline, scrappy startup feel, and focus on results and people intrigued me. Having worked for several firms ranging from global agencies to tech boutiques, I craved something different. I was mostly looking for my tribe — smart, hardworking, and creative professionals shaking up the status quo and building something amazing. My decision to work at Ditto came down to the people, an opportunity make a positive impact, and to grow personally and professionally.
If you had to describe Ditto in three words, what would they be?
Defiant, dynamic, and dedicated.
How would you describe working at Ditto?
Close-knit, creative, collaborative, supportive, and fun.
Bigger thoughts on life and career
How do you think the PR industry could improve?
Working smarter, not harder. Being very strategic and results-oriented. Looking beyond media relations to building communications programs that engage audiences on multiple levels.
What tips would you give someone on balancing work and personal time?
Boundaries. In our 24/7 connected environment, it’s easy to be “always on.” Be sure to unplug and recharge, for your own health and happiness. Make time for yourself, your family, and friends. Be present and learn to focus, as distraction/multitasking can be the biggest time suck.
What makes for a positive work environment?
Collaboration, openness, and puppies.