Occupation: Director of Client Services, Explore Consulting
First Car: 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7
Favorite Restaurant: Metropolitan Grill, Seattle, WA
What are three things most people don't know about you?
a). I have a Private Pilot license.
b). I’m a Card Shark (said like the old 1970’s SNL skit, “Land Shark")
c). I was a paper girl for a small local town paper from age 9 through High School and grew my subscribers over 325%. What a great beginning in client facing, customer service, managing relationships and running from dogs
What's been your greatest adventure in life?
Isn’t every single day of the week an adventure when you work in Professional Services???
What's your best childhood memory?
Playing poker with my father or fishing in Kentucky with my Papa.
If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?
Today’s answer is Amelia Earhart. I share her birthday and grew up wanting to be just like her. The outcome of her transatlantic flight might remain a mystery, but her tenacity, courage, perserverance and drive remain a legacy.
What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?
Left a financially secure 7 year career with the same company into a new position with one of the (at that time) Big 8 public accounting firms. It was my first step into professional services and ended up being one of the most career defining decisions I have ever made! 1 step back...2 steps forward!
Tell us about your favorite hobby.
Poker. A “10-2 offsuite” could win the game, it’s all how you play your cards.
What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?
Into Thin Air - John Kraukaur
Isn’t climbing Everest similar to growing a PS organization minus the Sherpa?
Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?
One of the 7 wonders of the world would be a starting point. I think I’d start in Peru with Machu Picchu.
If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?
The Alzheimers Association
If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?
I would be traveling the world playing in poker tournaments!
What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?
Arthur Andersen, started in the Enterprise Consulting Group straight out of college and immediately enjoyed the blend of client services and project management.
What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?
Sit down, Shut up, Hold on Tight and Enjoy the Ride!