Nicole Laegeler, Administrative Assistant at Alight Analytics

Alight Spotlight: Nicole Laegeler, Administrative Assistant

James Hart Spotlight

Nicole Laegeler, Alight’s new administrative assistant, plays an essential role on our team — we couldn’t function without her! Plus, she’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Learn more about Nicole in the Q&A!

Nicole Laegeler, Administrative Assistant at Alight Analytics

Name:

Nicole Laegeler

Title:

Administrative Assistant

But what do you actually DO at Alight?

Long story short, I make sure people are happy and have everything they need. I also book travel, grocery shop, tidy up here and there, and make preparations for new clients and employees, amongst other things.

You love your job because …

No two days are the same, and the atmosphere at Alight is fantastic! There is such a variety in personalities and skills, but everyone meshes together wonderfully, which makes it that much better.

What did you do before you came to Alight?

I was an administrative assistant for a general contractor here in Kansas City. Before that, I was an elementary school teacher and substitute.

What do you do when you aren’t at work?

I moved to Kansas City about a year and a half ago, so I’m still exploring the area when I have the opportunity. However, a chunk of my time is spent geeking out with genealogy and taking the occasional class at the Midwest Genealogy Center. I am also really into board games, so I think I’m going to try to start going to game nights at Pawn & Pint.

People are always surprised to learn that you …

Had a pet squirrel live with us for a bit as a child! He apparently fell from a tree as a baby, so we housed him until he was ready to be released again. Maybe this is why squirrels are one of my favorite animals?

Nicole Laegeler with pet squirrel

Your walk-up song is …

“Walk on Water” by 30 Seconds to Mars.

Who do you admire?

My Great-Aunt Jane is probably my biggest inspiration. She has experienced the death of not just one husband, but two, overcome a couple types of cancer, had children when she was very young, and learned how to speak in American Sign Language so she could advocate for one of her sons, who is deaf and mentally delayed. Despite all that she has gone through, she is one of the strongest women I know.

You are internationally famous for your banana bread. What’s the secret to making great banana bread?

Honestly, everyone at Alight is my guinea pig! Most of the time I’ve brought banana baked goods in, I’ve literally never made them before. Pinterest is my go-to. I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit based on the comments. I added a bit of nutmeg, in addition to the cinnamon, and did a half-cup of brown sugar and a half-cup of white sugar.