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Employee Spotlight — Nancy Dong

Our company is filled with tremendous individuals, and our Employee Spotlight series aims to highlight the brilliant minds behind our company. We’re continuing our monthly series that highlights one of our extraordinary employees.

This month we spoke with Nancy Dong, Senior Product Designer.

Would you please explain your role at Datacubed Health?
I’m the Senior Product Designer here at Datacubed. My primary focus is managing our participant-facing mobile app. You can find me constantly updating existing designs to better-fit translations while also improving older features or creating new features at any given time. I work cross-functionally across the majority of the organization, but mainly with the design team, the science team, product managers, and engineers to shape user needs into precise requirements and then translate those requirements into designs. 

How did you land at Datacubed Health? Can you tell us more about your career journey?
I originally started my career in interior design, but since I always wanted to help people and have always had an interest in the healthcare field, I almost went to nursing school  which is when I discovered UX design. Design was such a pivotal part of my childhood that I didn’t want to give that up, and after working at a dermatology clinic, I discovered designing for the medical field would be more fulfilling. I attended a Bootcamp and worked at a design agency to gain exposure to different industries before focusing my job search during the pandemic on healthcare companies, and that’s when I found Datacubed. 

What do you like most about your job at Datacubed Health? 
I definitely like the people the most. I think our company has fantastic employees. Everyone is always open to helping each other out. For a less cliche answer, I’d have to say I also really like the fact that every day can be different. If I run out of ideas on one feature, I can always switch gears and work on something else while thinking about what I can do for the initial thing I was working on. A lot of brain stimulation goes on each day, and I love it. 

After asking work-related questions with Nancy, we asked her more personal related questions.

What motivates you to wake up and work every day?
My dog. I just want to give my dog the best life. She’s usually standoffish, but whenever I buy her something new, she’s excited for about 2 minutes before ignoring me again. As lame as it sounds, it’s her 2 minutes of excitement that motivates me.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I got my first cell phone in the second grade. I don’t know why because no one ever called me, but it’s a running joke in my family since now I’m in mobile design. So, my mom is always like, “See, I prepped you for your career in mobile design since you were young, so you’re welcome.” 

Could you please share a quote or motto you live by that could inspire others?
One quote that’s stuck with me is, “Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.” This quote was ingrained into my mind in my previous role since everything is systematic and understanding those systems and how one thing can affect another helps me design better products. Another one I live by is, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” 

We thank Nancy for her contributions to our company over the past year, and we’re so lucky to have her on the Datacubed Health team. Watch this space next month for another Employee Spotlight.