This is the next interview in a new series in which we ask our unique and diverse Datasource Consulting staff to share a bit about themselves, both professionally and personally. We're amazed and inspired at their talents, hobbies, and aspirations, and we hope you are, too!
Years with Datasource: 1
Current Home City: Denver, CO
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
I have been working as a Sr. Data Governance consultant with a financial services client to assess, design, and implement a Data Governance program. The work is multi-faceted because DG touches so many areas of the business and IT. Since I have been on both the IT and business side of things, I am helping to drive the strategic partnerships within the organization. I now have the ability to take my previous experience implementing these types of programs to help others see the value in Data Governance and Data Quality the way I do.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Abetting, Stimulating, Edifying
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
I joined Datasource because I was excited to work with the people here. The ability to work with a team who is centrally focused on all things data and to learn from them was fundamental. I always like to learn new things, and I couldn’t have asked for better partners.
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
When clients/customers are seeing results and value from the work I am providing, it is a driving factor for me to continue my journey. When people are passionate and/or they get excited about the benefits from the data initiatives, then I get excited with them.
What is on your bucket list?
I have always wanted to take a few weeks and tour Italy to explore the history and art of a beautiful country. Maybe take a week and sit on a beach in the Mediterranean Sea.
If I can continue to help clients with their data governance and quality issues, then I should have a very long and happy career. I enjoy working with people, and I like being a factor in helping to make their problems decrease along the way.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Living in Colorado provides the ability to do so much, which can be something different every day. I enjoy going to live music shows, particularly anything at Red Rocks. I have an English Bulldog and a French Bulldog, who have moved with me 8 times over the past few years. I’m a pretty spontaneous person, so I’m usually up for just about anything with my friends or family.
What phobias do you have?
I am seriously afraid of all rodents and bugs. I grew up in the South, so I have dealt with my fair share of these creepy and crawly creatures. A scream or high shrill would notify anyone when one is in close proximity.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
I started out in a large healthcare company where I worked with an intelligent group of individuals who worked together to bring the value of data to the organization and customers. I would analyze data for hours to understand as much as I could about the behavior of the data. I would think “Why did the data look like that”, “Why would someone put something into the system like that”, or “I wonder if it could be better if we could implement something like this”. Being able to tell a story by understanding and articulating the data situation is a concept that took a lot of practice to understand and adjust over time. Data is always changing, and I think I ultimately like the fact that every day holds something different. Having experienced data governance and data quality implementations in different industries like healthcare, supply chain management, corporate real estate, financial services, etc. has given me the background I needed to help be passionate and driven about the work that I do.