All throughout the months after being let go, I was sharpening my skills. This kept me active and filled with purpose. Purpose is what I’ve found in every role throughout my career thus far, and it’s what initially drew me to, and now keeps me at, Kin + Carta.
The firm came knocking with an opportunity, I answered, and it’s history. I love it here. Coming onboard and being a new employee at Kin + Carta I felt immediately welcomed. Just the word itself — ”Kin” — made me feel valued. It was clear that I had nothing to prove and would not be second guessed. Rather, I’ve been encouraged to use my voice and my expertise to show out.
I’ve done this in my role as a Product Consultant, and the process efficiency I’m driving is one of the highlights of my day-to-days. Everyday is different. I wake up each morning knowing that there will be a new challenge for me to solve, and this keeps my creative juices flowing. I love to find ways to make our work a little easier. This improves our product, my team of Kin, my client team, and the end-users who have an improved experience.
I’ve also done this internally at the firm. There was an opportunity for me to join-in and get involved, soon becoming a leader of our Black + Kin affinity group. For me, this has felt like comfort. Inclusivity and being a part of something is key — it’s a vitamin to help with your work day, your workload, and what you offer. No matter who you are and how you identify, sometimes you’re the only one. A company having the intention to include and accept everyone is, based on my experience, not the norm. It’s even as simple as the ability to start a group on slack and to connect through interests — that’s not the norm at many places. For me, this expands the learning that is possible. You never know what someone is going to teach you. And, it all ties into our customers and our clients — we solve for them very well because we are committed to learning and growing from one another, no matter our location, our level, our background, or our discipline.