How would you describe your role?
I manage risk in the organization and help other people do the same. We deal with a lot of different technologies and there’s a lot going on in the legal and regulatory world that affects what we do. So, I try to stay educated so we can understand how to deal with those changes and support the customer mission.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I always think about communicating information and making sure people have enough context to help them succeed with whatever they’re doing for our organization. I really value knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer. It’s important for me that I learn more about what my colleagues do and also to help them understand what I do so that we all continue to grow personally and professionally.
What’s something new you learned recently?
Something new I’ve learned a lot about is telecommunications law and how data security and identification of people involved in activities is important on a global scale. I dug into this topic to really understand how we communicate with people around the world using old voice technology and new technology involving the internet today.
What’s your super power?
I would say my super power is flexibility. A lot of what Ridgeline does is on the cutting edge and lacks clear direction, so I use this flexible state of mind to think through many possible outcomes. It’s not just finding the right answer, but trying to figure out how to use the limited information we have in order to set us up for success in the long run.
What’s something going on at Ridgeline that you’re excited to see develop or grow?
I’m really excited about the technology in our Iris pillar. This pillar helps our customers understand what they look like in their digital signatures. As an organization, we talk a lot about what those signature threats are, and how much of our customers’ data is being used in ways that put their people and organizations at risk. To be able to visualize it is to empower them. We’re not just telling them what’s happening, but actually showing them. I think it’s going to be really impactful for our customers.
How would you describe Ridgeline’s culture?
We are explorers. I think about our Jungian archetype and it definitely puts us in the Explorers category. We look for lots of different ways to find a solution, and we’re constantly reevaluating those solutions and learning from our successes as well as our failures. I think that really drives a lot of our very smart, technically competent people here because the exploration is fun and exciting for them.
Can you tell us about a time you were inspired or impressed by the work another Ridgeliner completed?
I was very impressed by our CIO shop’s implementation of Agile and SAFe methodologies. It helped us as an organization better organize, plan, and execute projects. That was a huge lift and a huge change in terms of our operating activities, our culture, and in how we used our technology. It was a Herculean effort, and I’m just really impressed with how quickly they implemented it, turned it over, and got buy in from people across the organization. It’s working really well and is keeping us on track.
What is unique about Ridgeline?
I think there’s a lot of people who have a real passion for learning here and exploring and sharing what they learn with others. And there’s a lot of focus on both personal and professional growth. I think that makes it a really exciting place to work.