I am Chief Operating Officer at SEEK.
That means I work closely with the CEO to set and implement the company strategy. I love crunching numbers and identifying patterns in data. I am perpetually analyzing our business to identify ways to better serve our clients and develop amazing consultants and project managers. For me, it’s all about finding the right opportunities to elevate those around me to do their best work and be their best selves.
I grew up in a small town in Indiana and worked in our family business since kindergarten. It wasn’t until I went to college at Purdue University (boiler up!) that I realized my dad had been teaching me about business strategy and marketing that whole time. While at Purdue, I discovered my love for marketing and consumer research. Figuring out what makes people tick, how to influence behaviors, and how innovation can improve lives is my jam.
My career path has been a bit untraditional, as is becoming more and more common for millennials. I worked in corporate Consumer & Market Knowledge at P&G for 5 years before coming to SEEK in 2010. After losing my father in 2012, I took what I am now calling my “3 year Entrepreneurial Sabbatical” or “Broadening Assignment” where I opened my own women’s fashion boutique. While I loved running my own business, I knew it wasn’t the right business for me, in the end.
I am now joyfully back at SEEK. All my experiences have led me back to this position of leadership, and I know that I am in the right place at the right time.
“Would I rather be feared or loved? Umm...easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” - Michael Scott
I recently started watching The Great British Bake Off. It takes everything we think we know about how a reality cooking competition show works and then introduces empathy. The judges are very firm and direct, but gentle. (Simon Cowell would stick out like a sore thumb on this show!) The producers highlight each contestant in a positive light, as real people who work really hard. They never selectively edit to make anyone a villain or to fabricate drama. Contestants support and encourage each other - if one finishes early, they help others in need. It is beautiful and so refreshing to watch.