My Strive Story: Kathy Loveless

Strive Consulting wouldn’t be the company it is today without the inspiring group of employees who make up our workforce. We pride ourselves on hiring individuals who bring a diverse group of skills and backgrounds to the table, which set our organization up for success.

Throughout our ‘My Strive Story’ Interview platform, we sit down with members from our different teams within the organization to find out where they came from, why they chose Strive, and what makes their experience here special.

Kathy Loveless

Manager, Management Consulting

Dallas, TX

Tell us about yourself.

I have been on a journey with IT for over 20 years, beginning as a desktop SME, all the way to program managing the implementation of a global contact center in the cloud. My love of learning and my training as a journalist has kept me asking questions and expanding my knowledge. I have worked in many industries, but the travel industry, where I’ve worked for almost 10 years, has always held a special place in my heart. Along the way, I have also become an Agile convert and believer, truly seeing the benefit and help it brings to so many companies and it excites me to help others implement and make the shift to an Agile way of working.

Outside of work, I spend quite a bit of time with my family. I’m the mother of an eighteen-year-old and work with my brothers to help my widowed Mom out with all kinds of things. In my spare time, I like to work on home improvement. Whether it’s re-doing a piece of furniture or fixing something around the house – plumbing, electrical or carpentry, I’ll try it all. I also enjoying reading and binging on YouTube learning about tons of different subjects.

What attracted you to Strive?

I was recruited by Strive’s Principal of National Recruiting, Jose Lomas, or as we refer to him in Dallas “Master Recruiter”. He kept checking-in with me and eventually came with an opportunity to work with a travel industry client. After a whirlwind interview schedule, I was hired within 4 days of first meeting Jose. After my time at this company came to a close, I knew Joses was the person I wanted to work with during my job hunt, and Ii’m so glad I did. He led me to Strive!

My decision was pretty easy. I wanted to get back into consulting because it fit my need for change. Strive was appealing because at the time, it was a local model and as a single mother, that was a necessity. I also appreciated the fact that it was a national company with markets throughout the U.S., but with an opportunity for growth. I liked everyone I met and they genuinely seemed excited for me to join the team.

What keeps you at Strive?

In one word: people. I love the people at Strive. I’ve been at Strive for many years now and we tend to attract people who are excited to learn from each other and grow themselves both professionally and personally. This creates an energy that is wonderful to be around. Another part I love about Strive is that I can contact anyone at the company and they are happy and eager to help. You can’t find that everywhere.

What makes Strive stand above the rest?

Just like it’s the people that keep me here, I think it’s the people that make Strive successful. Our relationship with our clients is all important. We want to know them and their challenges before determining what will work best for them. We don’t come in with cookie-cutter fits because we realize there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. We want to provide the best solution for our clients, so they will want to use Strive for their next challenge.

What are you looking forward to in the future?

I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next. My daughter is now 18 and things are changing, providing me time to try new interests. Additionally, Strive is going through exciting internal changes with our purchase by The Planet Group and the acquisitions of our sister consulting companies, Launch Consulting Group and Future State Consulting. These additions will provide new opportunities and new people for me to get to know!

Interested in joining Strive?

Here at Strive Consulting, we foster an active, innovative culture, providing the coaching, mentoring, and support our employees need to work at the top of their game and succeed personally and professionally. Check out our Careers page for open roles and opportunities within Strive. We’re hiring!

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My Strive Story: Margaret Rendleman

Strive Consulting wouldn’t be the company it is today without the inspiring group of employees who make up our workforce. We pride ourselves on hiring individuals who bring a diverse group of skills and backgrounds to the table, which set our organization up for success.

Throughout our ‘My Strive Story’ Interview platform, we sit down with members from our different teams within the organization to find out where they came from, why they chose Strive, and what makes their experience here special.

Margaret Rendleman

Corporate Recruiter

Chicago, IL

Tell us about yourself.

Hello! My name is Margaret Rendleman, a Corporate Recruiter on the Corporate Recruiting Team here at Strive. I’m originally from Carbondale, Illinois and went to school in Colorado at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After school, I bopped around a bit; lived in DC for a few years, did an 8-month “around-the-world” trip, went back to Colorado and skied for a year, and finally moved back to the Midwest to live in Chicago and am absolutely loving it here!   

What attracted you to Strive?

What attracted me to Strive are similar to the reasons everyone else is here; reasonable work/life balance, super fun and supportive culture, ever-evolving opportunities, and a ‘people-first’ mentality. If the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that people want and expect more from their companies when it comes to their livelihood and I was no exception! I was impressed by Strive’s online presence and culture ratings, but what ultimately sold me was the personable conversations I had with the awesome people I interviewed with.

What keeps you at Strive?

I’m still fairly junior in my career, so having positive and encouraging leadership to help guide me has been nothing short of incredible. Strive as a company, wants each of us to develop in the way we want to develop. I’ve personally been able to evolve within my own role at the rate that I have because I feel safe and supported by my team and management.  

I’ve seen so many amazing people get promoted and move up within the short period of time I’ve been here, and it’s super encouraging to see the opportunity for personal growth and achievement. Strive is growing in an organic way and it feels great to be a part of it! 

What makes Strive stand above the rest?

Something I’ve noticed in my tenure at Strive that differentiates us from other companies are the close-knit, familiar relationships we’re able to build, not only with each other but also our clients. You’re not a cog in the machine, people know and remember you. Something I looked for while interviewing was how long current employees had been here, and with some Strivers ranging as much as a decade or longer, I felt that was a sign of a company with happy people in it. A sense of community with people who like it here brings people together in a favorable way, making Strive a place that people call home for many years. 

What are you looking forward to in the future?

The fabulous development we are having company-wide allows for a lot of opportunity to open up and look forward to. Most of us like having a sense of direction and a path to follow, especially if you’re more junior like myself, and Strive continues to create chances and open doors for those looking to expand their skills and move up. Years from now I hope to be in a leadership role and strongly feel that at Strive, that goal can be achieved! 

Interested in joining Strive?

Here at Strive Consulting, we foster an active, innovative culture, providing the coaching, mentoring, and support our employees need to work at the top of their game and succeed personally and professionally. Check out our Careers page for open roles and opportunities within Strive. We’re hiring!

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