Senior Director, Digital Strategy
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In the C-suite, living in multiple cities (city, beach, mountains) depending on the season, and seeing my people continue to grow and thrive in roles perfectly matched to their genius zone. On track for FI/RE [financial independence, retire early], and blowing my personal and professional accomplishments today out of the water!
What piece of advice would you share with young professionals looking to work in the PM industry?
Be humble and be agile. Since this industry changes so fast and so much of what's important now is so new (i.e., has happened or changed in the last year or two, max) it's really possible to become a strong performer and respected expert fast – IF you're willing to learn from everyone around you and change quickly, letting go of old mindsets or best practices when they're no longer relevant.
What is your favourite statistic?
People who spend at least two hours a week in nature are substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t. And that's just the tip of the iceberg – there's statistics out the wazoo on the positive impact nature has on stress, blood pressure, chances of cardiovascular disease, immune system strength, recovery time, pain management, and even impacts on community like community cohesion and lower crime rates. Mother Nature really is our biggest medicine and biggest support, and I've loved seeing modern science catch up, validate & support in broader corporate & business environments what indigenous communities have known for ages.
Bragging rights: what’s your proudest performance so far?
That over the past year, my sleep scores (thanks fitness tracker) have been the highest they've ever been, I've taken the most time off I ever have, and done the least work on the weekends. And this is during a year where my team grew to its largest ever, I was overseeing more clients for my team than ever before, posted the strongest business results in my career and launched my DJ career, launched dance events and co-founded a DJ school at the same time! So proud of myself for prioritizing rest and recuperation to the degree I have, and how I've learned the lesson over and over that those support what I'm up to instead of detracting from it.
What do you listen to on your commute to work?
This changes every few weeks, but right now the two poisons of choice are tea ceremony music (think big zen garden vibes, great playlists on Spotify), the new music from Alison Wonderland, or anything on Ramona Wouters SoundCloud. Reliable choices on the rotation regardless of season are Zuma Dionys, Ariana Grande and a lot of tribal & melodic techno. I almost never listen to audio books or podcasts (I know, I'm missing out), but instead use my commute or pre-work time as the time to drop into my body and get in the zone for the day.