Who am I?
I grew up in the USA near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I completed my undergrad degree in computer science/maths. After graduating, I joined a software firm as a developer and then ran delivery teams creating software for financial services. I went to graduate school in the evenings and studied for a master’s in public and international affairs and eventually law. One thing I loved about that job was that I got to travel: I spent time in South America, Asia and Europe.
I came to the UK in 1998 for two years to set up a delivery arm for a software firm and to travel around Europe. Years later, I am still here and I don’t look back. I really love the UK.
I have two children who have just started secondary school. My main hobby is the kids and keeping up with all their activities, if I am honest! If I do get time to myself, I like to play golf, read or see a show in London.
My career at Capgemini
I joined Capgemini about seven years ago. I’d worked with all the main system integrators over time and when I was looking for a new direction, it was a no-brainer for me to join Capgemini. I liked the people, the culture synonymous with the Capgemini brand, and the types of work available.
It has been the right decision for me. I’ve found the culture and the work in this organisation has always been flexible enough for me to balance my time between work and home. I have worked on different and varied programmes during my career here, all in the data warehousing and insights area.
My typical work day
Hectic! Every day is a bit different. Generally, my activities consist of customer meetings, business development, reviews of plans, contracts, proposals etc., escalated personnel problems or delivery issues, management of senior stakeholders (internal and customer side), sales conversations, marketing events or conferences, attending programme boards, building teams across diverse locations, resourcing and spending time building a senior leadership team.
Planning my career
I was fortunate to start out my career with a diverse job where I could travel and learn a lot of different skills, but as life moves on and you have a family, it is better to have a career that is more predictable. I have always looked to stay in a technical area with my career – the constant innovation keeps me interested.
Managing my development
I look for new roles and areas to grow, and I supplement my development with courses if I feel I need it. Also, I have been fortunate to have some good friends and coaches who have given me advice from time to time, and that is invaluable to me.
Highlights so far
For the past year, I have been running the Data & Analytics Tower for a major government department, and that has been fantastic in terms of the people and the technology.
Best thing about working here
Working with such truly talented people is great – and so is working on new and exciting programmes.
Support that I value
The most valuable element of support for me over the years has been the flexibility. When I joined Capgemini my children were still young (four and five) and sometimes, plan as you might, there are times when you need to get home or to change plans at short notice. On most of the projects I have worked on, people have really been supportive of that need, and this has made all the difference.
I am still growing in my career and I will look to carry that forward. I am also interested in supporting others in developing their careers, and if sharing some of my experience helps, that is wonderful.
Advice for new joiners
Go for it!
Why working in tech is great
It is always new and exciting; always changing and innovating.
Sometimes it is hard to balance everything, and that’s OK. Over the years, I have tended to just keep it simple, try to organise my time and enjoy life.