Senior Vice President of Operations at Lever Interactive (J5)
"Teams matter most. Putting the right people in the right seats is what propels things."
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
It’s all about earning respect, not demanding it. I’d rather respect someone because of who they are and what they’ve done, and not because I’m scared of them. Secondly, learning that we all make mistakes, and allowing people to make them and then guiding them through the learning process.
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
I really wish that somehow I could show my passion and work ethic in a creative way. I have a “jump all in” attitude that’s hard to portray on a LinkedIn profile.
What is your superpower?
Getting stuff done. I love goals, I love deadlines.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
During one of the classes on emotional intelligence that I attended, I had a team member that had joined virtually. Without naming them, I asked a question about how I could help a team member overcome an obstacle that he had been facing. The employee recognized that I was asking the question so that I could help him, and a couple weeks later, he expressed to me how thankful he was that I had asked, and that he respected me for it and appreciated that I wanted to learn how to help him.
What have you learned about yourself through participating in Junto?
It’s not about me, it’s about everyone. I don’t have to do it all, I don’t have to know it all, I don’t have to be perfect at all. I need to build a team with superpowers that complement mine.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
I was a web programmer by training, and later in my career I developed marketing skills. It’s an exciting combination to our clients that allows for creative work-arounds and solutions.
What are you working on right now?
Launching a new division of Lever Interactive: Click Blooms.
What is one book, blog, or podcast you recommend widely?
I really love Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. It was especially helpful when I was working in web programming, which is a really male-dominated space.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
Teams matter most. Putting the right people in the right seats is what propels things.
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
I’m good at developing my own self-awareness and self-management. I keep myself in check so that I can remain positive and have a positive impact on others.