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!
Name: Shareese Watkins
Title: Senior Program Manager
Years with Datasource: 1
Total Years Industry Experience: 9
Current Home City: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
So far, I have been the Project Manager on a recent MDM program for a vehicle rental client where we were tasked with implementing Vehicle, Location, and Customer MDM.
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Connected. Passionate. Training.
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
Datasource is well connected with both their employees and their clients. Throughout the year, leadership checks in with employees to determine their “happiness factor (1-10).” There are great processes in place with people managers, engagement managers, and HR. These interactions give employees the opportunity to share their lessons learned, opportunities for improvement, and to applaud things that are working well. Datasource gives that same level of attention to its clients. They hire passionate people that care about the work that they do, and supports and encourages training for its team members. This is great, as it keeps our skills sharp and ensures we execute best practices and implement solid solutions.
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
What challenges me the most is being so far away from the DSC home office. It is so nice to see everyone that supports us on a daily basis and to share experiences with our peers. When I am in the DSC office, the feeling of being a part of something great surrounds me.
What motivates me the most is getting to that next new account and providing solutions for their business need. Each account is unique and comes with its own challenges. It is motivating to tackle those challenges with our knowledge and exertise and win the client's respect and referral.
What is on your bucket list?
I absolutely love to travel and my bucket list includes Hawaii, St. Lucia, Dubai, and Africa.
I am originally from Clevelend, Ohio, and I would love to see the Cleveland Browns go to the Super Bowl. Oh who am I kidding, the playoffs would be fine.
Professionally, I would like to see myself training other project managers in the future, while obtaining some additional project management certifications.
What are your proudest accomplishments?
I ran my first 5K after training myself for only a few months, and I came in at 3rd place for my age range. The purpose was to raise money for a charity for victims of domestic violence.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy dancing, riding my bike, and hanging out at the beach where I feel completely at peace.
What is your hidden talent?
I am on the audio/visual team at my church and I am a pretty good camera technician. I operate the cameras for our church services on Sunday mornings during a live production.
Do you have any phobias?
I am terrified of heights, roller coasters, and reptiles.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
I was on an assignment with a client on a project related to changing franchisees from manual, self-reported royalty billing to corporate, automated royalty billing. As we started looking at the data, we quickly learned that we had bad franchisee email addresses and overall contact information. We realized that this bad data could make the project fail. I communicated this to the IT leadership team and made it clear that this will impact the overall success of the project. I met with the Operations leadership to get an action plan in place to obtain and maintain good franchisee contact data. IT and Operations worked together to clean the data for the initial load, and we successfully implemented tis project and met huge goals for the company. After the project ended, I was assigned to be the overall MDM Program Manager with that client. Working with the business on data quality and watching them become passionate about cleansing their data gets me super excited.