This week, we are proud to highlight Senior Manager Kallie Smith.
Kallie started her journey with Sendero in 2008 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a BBA in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Like many recent college graduates, Kallie knew she wanted to find a fulfilling career that would challenge her to learn and grow both personally and professionally. Growing up with two parents who worked in the consulting industry gave her the exposure she needed to decide she wanted to pursue a career in management consulting. Kallie joined Sendero as the first college hire and has left her personal mark on the company ever since.
Kallie has over 10 years of experience in the management consulting industry. Her expertise focuses in IT project management, multi-vendor management, business and IT process creation, and application management for large organizations. She maintains a solid focus on project management, process improvements, and bringing a balanced perspective between technology and business operations to ensure appropriate and timely solutions.
Developing meaningful relationships with team members and clients is at the heart of how Kallie adds value through the work that she delivers. Two of her team members, Rob Purdy and Kara Miller, reflect on the impact Kallie has made on their careers:
ROB PURDY, ANALYST: “Working under Kallie has been an awesome experience. Although I have only been working with Kallie for 3 months, she has been a great manager and role model. I would describe her as genuine and hard-working.
As the program manager on our current project, she has a ton of subject matter knowledge and pairs that with a generous way of spreading that knowledge. Kallie shares her past experiences, client information, training materials, and technical skills openly with her colleagues, because she understands that we are stronger as a team
If I have learned one thing from Kallie, it is that being passionate about your work is where the true value lies within consulting. She demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement among her project team, which shows us how important it is to be receptive to feedback and ask for support when needed. Her ability to incorporate Sendero’s culture is evident in the way that Kallie brings the ‘consulting with a heart’ mentality to life, because Kallie is constantly showing appreciation to those supporting her projects.”
KARA MILLER, ASSOCIATE: “Tackling your very first project as a new Associate can be a daunting task, but working under a Manager that supports and equips you along the way makes the experience memorable and rewarding. Kallie was my very first manager at Sendero, and having the opportunity to learn under her leadership served as a foundation for my growth and success on future projects.
Kallie models the qualities of an excellent Manager and her work ethic aligns with Sendero’s core values as well. Kallie consistently demonstrates an assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity. She motivates team members to act and creates a culture of clear accountability. She fosters engagement and builds relationships that lead to trust and open dialogue at the client site. Kallie is committed to investing in team members and has helped guide me as I develop new skills and tackle projects. She challenges me to think outside of the box, and I have learned a tremendous amount from her ability to develop innovative solutions for her clients.”
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If I have learned one thing from Kallie, it is that being passionate about your work is where the true value lies within consulting. She demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement among her project team, which shows us how important it is to be receptive to feedback and ask for support when needed.Rob Purdy, Sendero Analyst