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September 6, 2019

Meet Sarah Autry

As Director, CRM Business Systems, Development, Sarah Autry works with people across the organization to understand their job function and make sure their needs can be met efficiently using our customer relationship management systems, through the initial implementation of Salesforce and beyond. “My job is a blend of business and systems analysis, project management, and design thinking,” Sarah says. Read on to learn about the public media programs that inspired Sarah as child, her favorite places in Park Slope, and more.

What is your background, and how did you land at WNET?

My academic background is in science, but I’ve been working in technology for over ten years. Previously, I was the Director of Business Systems at another large nonprofit, the Union for Reform Judaism. Part of my job involved managing a large project to move the organization from many legacy databases onto Salesforce. I was ready for a new challenge after several years there, and someone at Salesforce reached out to me and shared that WNET was embarking on a project not too different from the one I had led, and that there was a great role opening up at a great organization.

For our Media with Impact campaign, we’ve been asking viewers to share stories describing how THIRTEEN has influenced their life. How has THIRTEEN (or the PBS station of your childhood) inspired you?

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, watching WCVN from exotic Covington, Kentucky. I consumed a lot of Sesame Street at a formative age, to the point where if I need to count to twelve, the pinball counting song still plays softly in my head. You can learn everything there is to know about me through the three Sesame Street segments I loved most as a child:

But my deepest love was reserved for Square One (for the uninitiated: an educational TV show about math). In particular, I had a soap opera-level addiction to Mathnet, a recurring segment on the show where the characters solved mathematical crimes in an homage to Dragnet. Threatening to revoke my Square One-viewing privileges was my mother’s nuclear option for ensuring good behavior from me.

Which three shows airing on our stations this month are you most likely to watch, stream, or record?

I have my eye on three episodes of American Masters: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage, and Robert Shaw.

Where do you live, and what are some of your favorite places in your neighborhood?

I live in Park Slope, which I love for its stately brownstones and tree-lined streets. I like Barbès for eclectic music in a small space, Owl Farm for surprising and sour beers on tap, SkyIce for black sesame-seaweed ice cream, Al Di La for consistently delicious Italian food, and Artist & Craftsman Supply for a tidy rainbow of mood-lifting art supplies.

What book are you currently reading?

I’ve been reading In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, the second volume of the newish translation of Proust, for what feels like forever.

Do you have a special interest or hobby outside of work? If so, tell us about it!

I like trying new things, which has resulted in an excessive number of hobbies. Most often I am writing (either music or a novel) or playing music on my current favorite instrument. But lately I’ve been very into making visual art, too. I just took a cartooning class, and I love working with watercolor paints.

Other frequent activities include seeking out interesting food, traveling, theatergoing, learning Python, and forcing myself to go running. I’m also looking for a bridge partner: please inquire within.

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