Amanda Tavares

"I’ve realized that I put limits on myself that no one at Ridgeline puts on me – you hold the keys to your kingdom at Ridgeline and leadership puts an immense amount of support behind that."

Amanda Tavares

CTO Office

What did you work on yesterday?

I worked on an information management effort to better define our internal resources. By the time this project is completed, we’ll have company-wide resource definition, policies and guidelines for use, and improved security processes - all in regards to how we share and store information and documents. I also worked on a new process to consolidate product documentation and user guides so employees can learn about our programs and systems. This will integrate with the previous project. In addition, I updated our master projects tracker to highlight upcoming deadlines and make sure all of our projects are progressing on time and highlight resourcing needs for our teams.

How would you describe what you do at Ridgeline?

Big picture, I work on employee resource management and strategy. I wear so many hats it’s hard to boil it down. Here’s what I currently manage: Ridgeline’s Technical Review Board; Change Control Board; Brown Bag Learning Program; Corporate Social Responsibility Committee; Mentorship Program; and programmatic support for the Chief Technical Office.

Why did you come to Ridgeline?

I was looking to take the next step in my career and this included an unexpected change in industry. The family-oriented and empathetic culture made Ridgeline more approachable than any other company. It was clear that they cared about employee engagement and personal growth – my values aligned well with Ridgeline’s and I knew I would be challenged professionally and personally in a supportive environment.

Why have you stayed at Ridgeline?

Personal and professional growth and the people (not necessarily in that order).

What advice would you give to someone considering working at Ridgeline? Why should they do it? Why should they not?

Be open to doing some serious personal growth at Ridgeline. What has this looked like for me? I’ve had to dig deep to realize what I’m capable of because oftentimes I’ve been tasked with things that feel totally out of my wheelhouse; but looking back on the past year, I’ve accomplished all of those things. I’ve realized that I put limits on myself that no one at Ridgeline puts on me – you hold the keys to your kingdom at Ridgeline and leadership puts an immense amount of support behind that.

If you view change adversely, this is not the place for you. Rapid innovation requires constant change and ultimate flexibility. We’re building Ridgeline together – if you’re looking for established processes and clear, daily tasking and direction, look elsewhere. Similarly, if you seek discomfort and stepping out of your comfort zone, this is the place for you. If you like to operate in your comfort zone, this is not the place for you.

What kind of things do you enjoy outside of work?

I like both running and yoga. Dance has always been and always will be a huge part of who I am. I’ve trained with various professionals in the industry – including choreographers for artists like Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake, as well as some personalities you might recognize from So You Think You Can Dance. I’ve competed at the national level and traveled around the country for years chasing new and exciting opportunities. Over the past few years I’ve taken on more teaching roles but will always be a student at heart. I also love watching reruns of The Office.