July 15, 2011
Kathleen Pugliese
Kathleen Pugliese

Executive administrative assistant

What is your job description for LO?

As the title says, I assist the executive director, but I also work on special projects for the association, attend or assist with the industry sector group meetings, committee meetings and board of director meetings. I also assist other LO departments when and where required.

What is your background before coming to LO, and when did you begin work at LO?

I have been working in an office environment since June of 1967. Directly from high school, I spent 21 years at Firestone in human resources and labour relations department; 2 1/2 years with Hamilton Industry Council; 3 years with Kenworth (maternity coverage) and started at LO in September of 1994. I went back to night school to work on a business administration diploma from Mohawk College.

When not at work, where can you be found?

I can be found at home with my husband and children.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I did consider becoming a teacher.

What inspires you during your time at LO?

I enjoy working with the LO staff, but what inspires me is the friendship and mentorship of the LO members. Working with the volunteers on different committees and projects, and listening to their conversations every time shows how they are always willing to assist each other, and help those coming into the business. They all have such a positive outlook.  

Name your all-time favourite movie, musical group and TV show.

I enjoy a movie that makes me laugh, cry, and feel good (comedy, drama, true stories, musicals), but the movie I enjoy watching over and over is Gone with the Wind. When it comes to music, I enjoy all music, from classical, rock, country (all except rap). There are two groups I enjoy listening to, Bon Jovi and Il Divo. My favourite TV shows this last season were Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would like to travel to United Kingdom and Europe – especially Scotland and Italy.

Tell us one thing about you that few of your colleagues know about you?

My first trip to Las Vegas, I saw Frank Sinatra one night and the next night I was at an Elvis Presley concert – two different types of singers, but two fantastic shows.