JoRob and I met on the back deck of a mutual friend as we all came over to hang out and interact during this time of COVID. While he also does some work in the IT space, I was fascinated to learn about his music business and all the effort he puts in, BESIDES making music. We dived in to how that looks and works over whiskey and snacks, really the only way to meet new people. JoRob does a wide range of projects, with one of the most recent albums, Cool Vybes, done for a meditation studio. Even more interesting, as an independent who owns his own companies, he can pick and choose the projects he wants to participate in, something we all wish we could do.
Mark is someone I met through my wife. They were participating in an online class and as she got to know Mark, she mentioned to us both that we should meet. Eventually we had a call and immediately found we have a lot of things in common and had an enjoyable conversation on the mentorship versus coaching. That call has turned into a few conversations, and I look forward to opportunities to catchup with Mark in the future.
Susan and I have bumped into each other at conferences over the years and her sessions are always MUST ATTEND for me. Not only does she cover important topics related to SharePoint and information architecture, her sessions are entertaining and full of new information. I have enjoyed getting to know Susan and bumping into her at local DC events, and as a fellow DC native it is good to support one another!
David and I met as his company had a contract with my organization, but then we realized we both had an interest in the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). For those we don’t know, it is the law that governs how we do contracting in the federal government. David is a bit of a FAR junkie, and so am I as I love finding better ways to do things and make the FAR work for us in a positive way. Since then, David and I have interacted several times within the ACT-IAC community and getting to hear his full story was amazing. Get to know David as he is helping to manage a company that is growing fast.
Joy is an amazing speaker and I have had the chance to attend a few of her user group and conference sessions. If you do work in SharePoint, especially around information architecture, these must attend sessions need to be on your list. Over the last couple of years, I have had the privilege to speak at some of the same events and get to interact and know Joy personally. Having said that, I was surprised to learn that Joy started in the financial industry and only came into IT after becoming the office tech help and realizing she loved that work, and it was less stressful than her “real” job. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
David and I met through our work with ACT-IAC on DevOps. He is highly energetic and had just volunteered to help with several working groups for the Emerging Technology Community of Interest, to include our flailing DevOps working group. As we interacted, I am struck by how David can work a room and get other people excited. He has an energy that is contagious and pulls you into his orbit. This comes through in the interview and is the driving force for how well he is doing in his career even though it is still in its early stages. David is now a good friend and I look forward to each encounter and working with him to the betterment of our community.
I met Becca at my first in person networking event as COVID was going down and vaccines were readily available. When I asked her about herself she had such a facinating story about what she had planned to do with her life, which was linguistics, and how COVID had derailed that plan and now she was working on proposal responses for a product company. At the time she was not sure how long that would last as she continued to look to get back to her original plan, but here we are many months later and she was promoted to a solutions development role that is exciting her and making her consider how this technology track just might be the thing for her.
Tracy is that person you want to hang out with and just discuss all the cool things you have both heard about. I have interacted with Tracy a few times at the big Microsoft conferences over the years and have found her to be willing to engage in conversation with anyone. Her passion for teaching others is amazing and the content she produces and the energy she expends doing it is hard to imagine. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Elijah is someone else that I met when volunteering to help with the ACT-IAC Associates 2020 leadership development program. From that program he has begun volunteering with the ACT-IAC Health Community of Interest and is quickly becoming a leader and organizer to follow.
Shak is an amazing, dynamic leader who I met when she volunteered to help with the ACT-IAC Associates 2021 leadership development program. While I don’t know her well, this interview really highlights her personality and drive and I am looking forward to everything else we accomplish together for the Associates.