Where did you grow up and how would you describe yourself as a child?
I grew up in the suburbs of Boston. I would describe myself as an introverted and creative child. I loved working on the set and lighting design of my school plays, and had a tight group of friends that I’m still close with today.
What did you study in college and what was your first job out of school?
I studied English and Philosophy in college. My grandfather regularly told all 21 of his grandchildren that anyone could succeed in life if they could write well and think critically. That guidance shaped my decision to pursue an English and Philosophy degree at Boston University. With no sage guidance on how to translate the ability to write well and think critically into a career path, I found myself with no idea of ‘what I wanted to be when I grew up’ as graduation neared. At the encouragement of a counselor, I developed an elevator pitch that translated my retail sales experience to recruitment. I was very lucky to land an internship in HR at the Museum of Science right here in Boston my senior year. I fell in love with the museum, the HR team and the field. My very first job out of school was at the BBC as an HR Assistant. I was part of a small team in a growing organization. When I joined there were only around 100 employees in the US and over four years we grew the business to over 500 employees in the US, Canada and Latin America. Being part of such a small and nimble team in a high growth environment jump started my own career. I was thrown into projects and gained experience at an accelerated pace and built relationships that are still strong today.
Can you share the details on your career path and what were the critical moments that got you to where you are today?
Most of my professional life was in NYC. I started at BBC Worldwide Americas, spent several years at NYU both as a masters student and an employee, and rejoined the media world as an HR Director with NBC Universal before moving to EditShare. Critical moments for me are really a reflection of inspirational leaders who touched my life. At BBC and NBC I had strong leaders to learn from and who were willing to take a risk on me in terms of the assignments and opportunities I was given. They drove strong accountability and standards and in many ways have shaped both the professional and leader that I am today.
What is your current role and responsibilities?
In my current role, I am the VP of People Operations for Editshare. I lead the global HR function, serve as a strategic partner and a change agent. As an organization, we have gone through incredible transformation and growth over the past year while building a strong culture and value set.
Looking back, is this where you thought you’d be professionally?
My career goals and aspirations have changed over time. Early in my career I would not say that I had a well defined plan. My enjoyment of learning and doing new things drove my desire to take on new challenges and expand. Over time and with introspection I realized that I was passionate about global work with organizations for which I felt strong values alignment and could get behind their ‘why’. My goal for the past several years has been to continue learning and doing new things within a global and growing organization.
For people who are looking to be in a similar position, what advice would you give to others in terms of helping them achieve their career goals?
Never stop learning and don’t ask for permission. Too often I hear employees say they are waiting to be told they are ready to move up or waiting for permission to jump into a new project.
What are the most important skills that you need to do your job well?
What do you find most interesting/rewarding about your work?
I love helping people. It is so rewarding to work through a challenge with someone and to see them breakthrough and succeed. Equally it is incredibly challenging to work through people’s emotions and perceptions.
What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
My proudest professional accomplishment is the team and culture that I have built here at EditShare.
Are you involved with any professional organizations outside of the company?
I’m involved with SHRM, recently joined WICT.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Hiking, skiing, cooking, and traveling.
How do you manage stress?
Working out and spending quality time with my family are fantastic ways for me to relieve stress.
How many cups of coffee do you have in a day?
What's one of your favorite places in the Boston area?
WW1 Memorial Park in North Attleborough is fantastic. It's a beautiful park with playgrounds, animals and grills.
Any book or podcast recommendations?
Homegoing was a powerful read
What advice do you have for recent college graduates?
Identifying your passion early on is a powerful way to accelerate career growth. We run an early career development program at EditShare that challenges participants to identify their strengths and passions. We find that at the intersection of strength and passion we often see high performance, faster career growth and deep engagement/satisfaction. It’s a great way to own your career growth from your very first role.