What we’re grateful for: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Vignette

November 20, 2018by Mike LepisInside Vignette


As we approach Thanksgiving, we wanted take the time to pause and reflect on what we’re grateful for. It is a privilege to do what we do. We’re a special kind of agency — an employee experience agency, we help organizations focus on what’s most important: the people who make up every company. We spend at least a third of our waking hours at work (and some of us much more than that, you know who you are). We asked a few Vignetters what they’re grateful for, not only this week but all year long. Cheers to a Thanksgiving table filled with laughter, good eats, and good company. And thanks for letting us do what we do.

I’m grateful that I’m exactly where I belong at Vignette. Running a business with the mission to help improve the workplace through insights and creativity is amazing. And I get to do it with my remarkable wife and kick-ass team.  And I’m grateful for my young kids who still believe in Santa. It’s amazing to see the world through their eyes–especially when they get super excited about the big guy in the red suit.

First and foremost I’m grateful for my family, two independent, charming and rambunctious kiddos (three and seven-years-old), my husband (best friend, Vignette Co-Founder, and partner on this crazy journey of living the #agencylife). I also appreciate the amazing team of Vignette partners and collaborators that go the extra mile, make us laugh, and on occasion send dancing GIFs (you know who you are). I’m proud of the amazing work we do at Vignette for our clients that affects employees lives for the better. I’m also grateful for our cozy new office digs that we moved into this year. I really appreciate having a new space to gather, stoke the fire, come up with good ideas and strategies to continually make our work better.

I am always thankful for my family and loved ones and their unwavering love and support. The personal experience that I am most grateful for this year is that my father is alive and well. We received news of an unexpected heart failure and things were touch and go for a bit. From that news, all of my dad’s daughters (poor guy wanted all boys, instead he got four girls) met in Alaska and my younger sister was reunited with my dad after 11 years. She also got to meet our two little half sisters whom she had never had a chance to meet prior. One of the greatest moments/feelings to have all four girls there and my dad in one place, together. From this near tragedy came a priceless reunion and the rekindling of very important relationships. My takeaway is that, it’s never too late to mend a broken relationship and that you have to make the time and effort to love on those around you because you never know when they could be taken from you.

Professionally, I am grateful and proud to be a part of such an incredible team,. They are the experts in employee experience, so you bet working with them is wonderful. The flexibility and care they give is bar none.

I am thankful for my amazing little family and my husband who is the glue that makes it all stick! Without him, this year couldn’t have been possible.

I am most thankful for two major experiences this year. The first was being able to take my mom up to wine country, and spoil her with a mud bath, wine tasting, good food, and fun. It was the first time I’ve been able to really take her on a trip like that, just the two of us, and it was amazing to be able to show her even a modicum of the amount of love she has shown me my whole life.

The second thing is actually many wrapped into one. I’m thankful for a career that gives me flexibility in location, the ability to travel and room to grow and develop professionally. It has opened me up to so many different experiences and those have been absolutely priceless.

I’m thankful for a terrifying medical emergency, an experience that reminded me to make the most of every day, and of every hour I have with the people, work, and beauty around me.

Aside from joining the Vignette team :)… the one experience that I am most thankful for this year is when my daughter thanked me for all of her “birthday stuff,” the morning of her fifth birthday. Not only do I feel like I’m doing something right as her parent, but most importantly it deeply warms my heart that she is growing up to be such an amazing person who is grateful for the simple things in life. I’m so proud of her!

Mike Lepis

As a Chief Strategy Officer, Mike leads our team to develop strategy, insights and creative solutions to drive employee engagement. He believes through human-centered design and strategic communications—employees will get behind a brand and its mission.