Beth Bawcombe

Occupation: Vice President, Information Technology - Cambridge Global Services, Inc.

First Car: Chevy Chevelle

Favorite Restaurant: Zatinya in Washington, DC

What are three things most people don't know about you?

1. I am a true Washingtonian - born and raised in the DC area and never left. 
 
2. I lied about my age when I was 15 to get my first job and have been working ever since. 
 
3. I love rollerblading and listening to my iPod.  This is when I do my best thinking.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Touring Europe (Amsterdam, Belgium, London and Scotland) with my two best friends.

What's your best childhood memory?

Going to San Francisco with my brothers and Grandparents.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

President Obama.  His views and morals are similar to mine and anyone who has the guts to take on the issues of this country is someone who I can learn from.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Sell my company.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Arts and crafts with my 3 year old daughter.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

Currently reading: The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow which is a non-fictional book on women’s friendships and why they last so long.

Favorite Book: Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.  I love books that have a historical facts intertwined with fiction.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Prague in the Czech Republic

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

The Joseph’s House in Washington, DC.  This organization is a hospice for Aides patients who have nowhere else to go in the last phases of their life.  The individuals who run this organization are compassionate, loving and strictly volunteers.  It holds a very dear place in my heart.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Teaching

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

In 1990, a good friend of mine owned a consulting company and asked me if I wanted to be a Technical Recruiter.  From there, I went into account management, business development and later into operations management.  9 years ago I went into business for myself with another partner and last year sold that company to Cambridge where I am now running their BI and Data Warehouse division.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

  • Understand that in this business you must be proactive and reactive at the same time.
  • You will make a lot of mistakes but the key is learning from them so you don’t make them again.
  • You need to have thick skin in dealing with the customer.  Many times they are looking for a finger to point and handling this in a diplomatic manner can be tricky.
  • Make sure you foster a partnering relationship with your customer and internal organization.  You want to make them look good!  This will enable you to overcome any issues much easier and quicker to ensure you preserve the relationship with your customer.