I was fortunate enough to start my post undergraduate career in Silicon Valley, working for a small but mighty technology company. When the company dissolved it’s education division in 1998, I had the opportunity to join a handful of brilliant minds from Stanford to be part of a start up. We began in our CEO’s living room, featured in Steve Jobs’ grand finale demo at MacWorld, ’98, and eventually sold the company. It was my first remote experience and one I will never forget. Not only was I surrounded by some incredible talent, it allowed me to move back to Grass Valley, CA to be close to my parents and a community I loved. Coincidentally, it was both the place I grew up and where our CEO, CFO and COO wanted to retire. As some of us lived three hours away from our San Mateo office, we were essentially a hybrid company. Two of our executive staff happened to be pilots and on Wednesday we would fly down for a day in the office.
But when the company sold in 2003, suddenly I found myself landlocked with few choices to grow my career. I took a slight detour through jobs in law enforcement, publishing and executive non-profit leadership. Eventually in 2012, I landed in Health Insurance – an industry I adore because of it’s constant challenges – where I was quickly ushered back into the world of remote work due to an acquisition. I’ve been a full time remote worker ever since – growing my career, navigating acquisitions, and changing employers.
15 years of remote work experience – it’s been a wild ride!
While an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) I had the opportunity to speak on remote workforce development at conferences and association events. I met remote workers from all over the world, in all industries and professions. I was fascinated by all of the different stories and remote work experiences people shared with me and I wanted to know more. So I decided to go back to school and pursue my PhD, focusing on remote work.