Earnest. Thoughtful. Committed.
Kate joined Blue Beyond in 2012 as operations manager. She has been leading our business ops team for five years and has eight years of experience in the field. She studied Architecture and Music at Ball State University and dedicated her time to working as a full time musician. Later, Kate went on to serve as operations manager for Earth House Collective, a non-profit community organization that provided a gathering space for other not for profit’s with no meeting space of their own. Kate brings the knowledge she gained there to Blue Beyond, as well as expertise in nurturing thriving cultures, inspiring collective action, and engaging employees. Kate is most complimented on how helpful she is to her team.
What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?
My greatest skill may be my ability to helicopter in to the microclimate of whatever detail-oriented task is at hand, and then back out again to strategize around the big picture. I keep the plot line of our growing organization, or “hold all the balloons,” as I like to think of it. I also have an overactive peripheral vision, which really comes in handy when you need to connect the dots.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Being able to transfer the skills I learn for a living to every aspect of my life, and to the people in it. I’m a nurturer and I enjoy watching other people grow.
What makes you proud to work at Blue Beyond?
I’m really proud that our team strives to treat each other the same way we treat our clients. We have this thing called MRI, which stands for “most respectful interpretation.” It’s a lens to look through when you might be experiencing a communication challenge with a colleague or client, a way of stepping into their shoes. I’m really impressed at how dedicated our team is to viewing conflict as an opportunity for growth.
What did you learn about yourself when you moved to a new place?
That having a change of address is a great metaphor for interconnectedness and the need for change communications! Changing your address at the post office isn’t enough. You’ve got to call every single credit account, doctor’s office, insurance agency, the DMV, etc. Communication requires follow through! If you don’t close the loop with people, you pay for it in the end. You have to be intentional about communicating change, otherwise the web of interconnectedness is vacuumed away, just like that cleaning deposit in your rental agreement.