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: 3
Current Home City: Denver, CO
Tell us about your experience with Datasource Consulting (DSC), including types of projects and positions held:
I joined Datasource as a Project Manager for the second phase of a project with a branch of the US Military. The engagement involved working with the client’s Marketing and Research departments, as well as their advertising agency. If you are a Mad Men fan like myself – then this made an interesting first engagement even more exciting! Unfortunately, we did not meet any Don Draper doppelgängers during our onsite client interviews.
This project lasted over two years, but wasn’t exactly fast-paced. I also learned very quickly that I didn’t enjoy focusing on only one assignment. Members of the Leadership Team didn’t hesitate to take me up on my offer to help with internal projects/support across the organization. They started introducing me to Engagement Management, Delivery Operations, and Resource Management. Eventually the Delivery Operations role was born…and here I am today!
Describe life at Datasource with three unique words.
Engaging, Collaborative, Eventful
Tell us what you like most about working at Datasource.
I love the variety of my role. Even though I have a list of what I would like to accomplish each day, I learned pretty quickly that I can only use that as a guideline. Something comes up almost every day that requires me to change focus. I promise I will never use the words “I’m bored” while at Datasource.
What challenges you the most and what motivates you the most at Datasource?
As I mentioned earlier, I love the variety of my role. However, that also proves challenging for me at times. While I’m very much a person who likes to check all tasks off the list at the end of every day, my role at Datasource has taught me to be more adaptive to changes and needs that evolve across the organization. I’ve also learned (and continue to learn) how to be more open-minded when problem solving - considering multiple solutions, instead of fixating on a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ resolution.
I’m motivated by the small wins. I love it when the lines of communication are open across teams, when our resourcing availability and engagement start dates line up, and when the consultants are excited and challenged in their engagements. I know these small wins help contribute, in large part, to the big wins!
What is on your bucket list?
Bucket list items are travel related: Greece, Spain, Australia, and any place that has those luxury overwater bungalows!
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love live music, and love it even more if I can plan a trip to see a favorite band. I watch too much bad reality TV (but I can’t stop), have an addiction to true crime podcasts (murderinos unite!), and anyone that has been to the Denver office on a Friday knows that keeping track of my dog Stella is a full-time hobby.
What is your hidden talent?
As soon as I find out what this is…I will be sure to share!
What phobias do you have?
Snakes, snakes, and more snakes.
Tell us why you fell in love with data.
Honestly, I’m surprised I ended up in this space. I was doing something completely different early on in my career, but the opportunity surfaced for me to learn report development which of course involved exposure to a data warehouse. The more I learned, the more I enjoyed digging into understanding how our Order Management System populated data warehouse tables so that I could develop accurate reporting for clients and internal management teams. After that, I never looked back. The majority of my experience is mostly with reporting, so the exposure to all facets of Data Management while at Datasource has been fascinating – yes, I said fascinating!