In college, I studied Accounting and Economics. When I started looking into jobs, I quickly realized that accounting just wasn’t the right profession for me. I didn’t love that the output wasn’t always something tangible that you can point to and say ‘I completed that’. So I broadened my search and ended up doing an internship at a large tech consultancy. At the time, I honestly didn’t know what consulting was, but I did know that in my role I'd help people solve problems. And that's how I got started in the industry.
In 2014, I was intrigued when a former client asked me to interview to join a small, mobile-focused consulting firm. After having so much fun in my interview, I was thrilled when I received the job offer from Solstice (now Kin + Carta). I started as a Product Analyst, and throughout the next four years I’d step into many different functional roles, including Scrum Master, Program Manager, and Product Lead.
My first project assignment was with a client in agriculture. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin surrounded by farmland, but I’d never really thought about what was happening around me. My dad actually became a farmer when I was an adult, so I called him right away to talk about my new client. It turns out that being interested in agriculture runs in the family!