We’ve certainly made it clear we love Uber here at Sassy. And one reason in particular is we totally adore Tenielle Stoltenkamp, the Marketing Manager of Uber Queensland. Over the past year, Sassy has had the pleasure of working with Uber, and one of the blessings that has come from this friendly partnership was getting to know Tenielle. She’s smart, effortless, creative, intriguing, infectious and brings an immense amount of sunshine to any room she enters. We were lucky enough to steal a few moments with Tenielle in her home and her street in New Farm, Brisbane. Here she shares with you her incredible background, what makes her tick and some hidden talents you definitely need to know about. We particularly love the second last question, so feel free to skip to that part or sit back and enjoy your time getting to know our friend and this month’s That Girl, Tenielle ‘T’ Stoltenkamp.
Tell us about your background and where you’re from. How did you end up in Brisbane?
I was born in Durban, South Africa, and I moved to the Gold Coast when I was 12 years old with my mum. From the age of 16, my years were split between Nashville, Tennessee and the Gold Coast. I was a presenter in a kid’s group and spent six to eight months of the year on the road, performing around America, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Nashville was my home base (and continues to own a big chunk of my heart). I finished high school via correspondence while I toured and when I turned 20 I decided it was time for a ‘home life’ and returned to the GC for uni and to explore whatever came next…
And next was a series of amazing opportunities including television producing, writing scripts for children’s television, working as a brand strategist and a bunch of other creative pursuits. About 10 months ago, an incredible opportunity came up to join the Uber team and almost overnight, I packed up and moved to Brisbane to kick off my Marketing Manager role for Uber QLD.
Where do you live? How have you made your home your own?
New Farm is my Brisbane home – and I love it! I shared my last few homes with housemates but one of my personal goals was to live alone before I turned 30. My Brisbane move was the perfect opportunity to make it happen.
Living alone has been such a ‘consolidating’ experience for me. Sharing a home was always a beautiful collision of ‘stuff’ and personalities. Bringing all of my own things into a single space and being faced with my own company has been a wonderfully revealing and empowering experience. I work big days and long hours and I really love coming home to ‘my space’ and being refreshed by that. I’d highly recommend a period of solo-living to everyone!
How do you describe your personal style? How does it evolve and change?
I’ve never considered myself a fashionista or followed trends closely. I love classic and timeless pieces. Lots of black with a pop of colour or a bold print, like a scarf or stunning statement piece.
Our office is very casual. You’ll find me rocking an Uber T, ripped boyfriend jeans and silver sneakers most days… but I’m a BIG fan of dressing up. Give me a fancy dinner party or ball any day. Maybe it’s the performer in me, but I love the pageantry of a flowing dress and killer heels, glamorous jewellery and dramatic makeup. Bliss!
I invest a lot more energy into my home style than my dress style, too. I’d rather invest in a new, unique piece of furniture than this season’s designer must-have. I’m very sentimental and most of the pieces in my home were purchased on a trip overseas or given to me as a gift so every piece represents a memory or has a story. I love being surrounded by beauty and inviting people in to my home to share that.
My ultimate shopping trips are to furniture stores! My favourite Brisbane find is Murat Ayazian – a stunning kilim rug showroom in Paddington. Their amazing staff let me spend hours unfolding and running my hands over their extensive hand-woven rug collection from around the world. I’ve been known to spend way too much money on rugs, cushions and fiddle leaf fig trees!
Describe your perfect weekend in Brisbane…
I love Friday nights in Brisbane. I usually kick off the weekend with drinks at Next Hotel’s roof top pool bar for Pooltino – Latino music around the pool. From there, a lush dinner at The Survey Co., some live music at Lefty’s Baror The Walrus Club – and dancing til’ early hours at The Bowery Bar. I love their old school funk Fridays!
My Saturday mornings are sacred! It’s my chance to completely recharge. I love heading to the West End or New Farm Markets for breakfast or heading out to discover new cafes each week. The perfect afternoon includes wandering through an exhibit at the Brisbane Powerhouse or GOMA and a run along Brisbane river. Evenings: a show at La Boite or the Judy, or a food market like Eat Street or Boundary Street… and a late night indulgence atDoughnut Time or Chester Street Bakery and Bar with my fab girlfriends.
On Sundays I like to stay close to home and enjoy breakfast at Pablo or Little Loco before window shopping on James Street, getting some work done in the afternoon and enjoying an early movie at New Farm Cinemas or Palace Cinemas.
Where’s next on your travel hit list?
I’m heading to Bali in August for a luxurious week away with my three closest GF’s. Honestly, a Sunday coffee with these three ladies feels like a holiday, so I’m looking forward to a whole week of sun, massages, cocktails and girl talk!
I’m hoping to head back to South Africa early next year. I haven’t been back as an adult, so I’m looking forward to seeing my home town through grown up eyes, reconnecting with childhood friends and spending time with family. I also hope to visit Morocco as part of that trip – it’s on the top of my travel hit list!
What does a day in the life of Tenielle the Marketing Manager look like in the Uber office?
No day is the same at Uber. In a day, I could be meeting with social media influencers, working on partnerships with big brands, developing crazy stunts, hosting NFPs and community organisations to hear how we can work together to solve accessibility needs for their clients, and working on new ways to ensure our riders and partner-drivers are loving the Uber experience.
It’s a very exciting company with lots of collaboration across the globe. At any given time, I’m working with marketing teams from San Francisco to Singapore, India and across to NZ… never a dull moment!
What’s been the best experience with Uber?
Launching UberASSIST nationally. UberASSIST is our vehicle option for people with different accessibility needs. It was a huge team effort to make this possible and we were able to collaborate and consult with a range of community organisations in the process.
It was a privilege to work with disability organisations and have them share their struggles and frustrations with existing transportation options, and to be a part of an innovative company who is dedicated to making getting from A to B easy for EVERYBODY. I love the company I work for and developments like UberASSIST make me so proud to see the impact Uber is having on communities.
… and the craziest?
#UberKITTENS! Definitely the craziest AND cutest. One of our fab Sydney MMs and I had the amazing job of putting UberKITTENS together. We knew it would be huge, but it was incredible watching the internet go into meltdown as soon as the promo went live.
Our teams on the ground and the sensational animal shelters we partnered with across Australia made the day a huge success, with lots of money raised and 29 of the kittens delivered on the day adopted!
What do you love most about Uber?
Our team. I work with exceptionally talented, passionate, wonderful people. I arrive at work each day with a smile knowing they’re on the other side of the door. We spend a lot of time together in and out of the office – they’re some of my closest friends in Brisbane.
What are your top tips for time management?
The littlest things make the biggest difference. It’s all about finding a few small disciplines that work for you. Some of mine are:
- Have a good filing and bookmark system on your computer. Do a spring clean of these once a month.
- Have two to three time slots to check and reply to emails each day, rather than checking them throughout the day. You’ll be amazed at how much more you get done without the distraction of emails.
- Know your limits – sitting in front of a computer doesn’t mean you’re being productive. Know when to stop, take a break or call it quits for the day.
- Make your bed every morning before you leave for work. That way, no matter how crazy the day ahead gets, you have controlled at least one thing in your day.
Tell us about your band. Where can we see your next gig?
I’m the singer in a funk and blues band called LS Philosophy. If you like Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Jamiroquai, Joss Stone or Macy Gray – you will love us, haha.
It’s amazing performing with a full band, including a killer horn section, especially originals that we’re all a part of writing and arranging. I think just about every band member has written at least one of the songs we perform, so it’s a great eclectic mix of songs about things that matter to each of us.
We’ve just kicked off a regular spot at the Brooklyn Standard – one of my favourite Brisbane music venues. It has a great vibe and is always filled with people who appreciate good live music.
What else don’t we know about you?
I’m obsessed with great storytelling – foreign films, podcasts, children’s books (my favourite book is a kid’s book called ‘Thank You Bear’ – check it out), theatre, poetry, Humans of New York (the stories are so powerful). DnM’s with strangers are one of my favourite pastimes. I write music, poetry, scripts and I’ve published three children’s books. Storytelling is a big passion of mine.
I don’t use Facebook (only a business account) – best decision I ever made! Deleting my account removed so much clutter from my life. I’m obsessed with Instagram though!
I have a wicked sweet tooth and a very healthy relationship with food. I have a great respect for women who can enjoy food… and multiple pieces of cake in one sitting!
My GF’s are my secret weapon – I seriously have the best girlfriends in the world. They’re a living embodiment of something between Sex and the City and GIRLS, power women with unique passions and personalities. They’re the greatest cheerleaders, fiercely loyal and permanently empowering… I see so many friendships built on similarities, but with these girls, what brings us together is the fact that we all cherish and celebrate our differences and push each other to be authentic to who we are and what we love.
What’s next for you and where do you dream you’ll be in five years time?
I’m really content at this point in my life. It’s a beautiful feeling that I don’t take for granted and I’m soaking up every moment of this season.
My goals and dreams for the next five years… explore Morocco, find the perfect kilim rug, write a hit song, write and produce a children’s television show, master the art of painting my nails on both hands, sail the Greek Islands, learn how to make the perfect coffee, perform jazz standards with a big band, live in Paris, watch every Woody Allen movie ever made, fall in love with my best friend, have coffee with Oprah, retire in Nashville…