Life is full of choices, which frequently require a great deal of discernment and the need to weigh a plethora of options. These options must first be prioritized and understood, while also considering the impact in the short and long term.
Such was the case in circa 2011 when I realized that my responsibilities to my family, particularly from a financial perspective, required that I evaluate my career circumstances. I loved my work at that time, as well as the wonderful folks with whom I had the pleasure of engaging daily. My superior was not only a bright, bold, and great leader, but also a fabulous human being. So, the notion of leaving that circumstance was not one that was particularly appealing to me. Yet, it was the right thing to do.
Audrey and Nick Taylor were two of my trusted associates with whom I had come to admire professionally and personally during my time at Indiana Family & Social Services Administration (FSSA). They graciously offered to meet with me, which led to some helpful conversations. Unbeknownst to me, netlogx was preparing for significant growth. Before too long, the conversation changed to the possibility of becoming a netlogx employee. WOW, what fabulous news! Their growth would require the creation of more robust internal operational and financial processes, policies, and procedures. In September of 2011, I joined netlogx as the COO, which was a real honor.
My first two years with netlogx were largely dedicated to the development of the operational framework to support the increased size of the organization, as well as leveraging my financial background as a controller. As netlogx looked for additional expansion opportunities, a staffing division was launched, which I had the privilege of leading. While netlogx was able to create a recruiting engine that continues to support our services today, it became clear that our culture and approach was not well suited for the transactional, high-volume nature of most staffing engagements.
Admittedly, those circumstances led to uncertainty in my mind, as to what my next role might be and whether netlogx could remain my home. Little did I know at that time, that moment would lead to an opportunity that I never had envisioned in my (approximately) 28 years of professional work to-date. After nearly three decades of conducting largely back office related work, I was now given the chance to become what we (netlogx) now coin as an Outreach Consultant.
One would be hard-pressed to look at my resume through 2014 and conclude that an organization would ask me to be engaged with the development of relationships with clients, partners, and the community. Yet, that was my new role. Now, several years later, I can state without hesitation it is the most rewarding position that I have ever had. The culture and Operating Principles, which I embrace, allow me to be my authentic self, striving to do the right things for the right reasons in service to others.