Q&A with Marissa Silvi

Sr. Research Coordinator, NYC

Q&A with Marissa Silvi

Sr. Research Coordinator, NYC
What is your role at BluePrint?
  • I’m a Senior Research Coordinator at BluePrint, and I’ve been with the company for over a year. I started as a Research Coordinator.
What does a Research Coordinator do at BluePrint?
  • We work closely with the consulting teams to coordinate the logistics of market research projects. It’s like being a air traffic controller– I manage all the chaos behind the scenes and make sure everything is going according to plan so that we can get valuable insights. It requires me to be very organized and communicate effectively with our consulting teams.
What is most rewarding about working at BluePrint?
  • My most rewarding projects are the “messiest” projects! That’s when I learn the most; it forces me to think of creative ways to meet the project needs. It’s both rewarding and empowering – I work on projects with so many moving parts for everyone, and I know things could easily “fall through the cracks”. My role is crucial to ensure that each step of the research process gets executed efficiently and flawlessly.
  • The way our team is structured, you are very independent. Our managers encourage us to take a lot of ownership of each project. As a small team in a small company, we’re always encouraged to come up with ideas for how to improve the way we do things. Even little changes can reduce the stress, improve efficiency and make everyone’s lives easier.
Can you tell me about the recent Pro Bono project you worked on?
  • Our Pro Bono client was a philanthropical organization - Solving Kid’s Cancer, that wanted to partner with a consortium focused on pediatric neuroblastoma research. They enlisted our team to help identify opportunities within the research consortium to ensure an effective partnership. Our client was so appreciative throughout the project. It was clear how important these questions were to further their mission.
  • Through speaking with stakeholders within and outside the research consortium, we identified immunotherapy and precision medicine as key opportunities for the consortium to impact Neuroblastoma treatment. Our research also helped inform ways for the consortium to increase their image and awareness within the Neuroblastoma communities. It was rewarding to hear the positive feedback from our clients and to see how our research helped make an impact for the organization and their future partnership.
Have you had any fun culture events in the NYC office recently?
  • I’m one of the social chairs, so I’ve planned a lot of these events! We recently had an event at Spin in NYC – they have ping pong tables, music, food & drinks – we had a lot of fun and it brought out our competitive spirit. We became infatuated with ping pong, so we decided to surprise everyone by getting a ping pong table for the office in September. We waited until the office was fairly empty, hid it under a tablecloth and unveiled it the next day. Everyone was psyched about it! It’s a nice way to recharge during the day.