My Strive Story: Amanda Jeffers
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.
Senior Program Coordinator
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Amanda, I have been with Strive for almost 5 years now. I started my career in HR and am currently a Senior Program Coordinator for one of Strive’s largest clients. I was born and raised in New York, which I fully blame for my straightforwardness and inability to walk any slower than a jog. I went to a tiny liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, called Lafayette College, where I majored in Geology. Don’t ask me why. I moved to Dallas after college to live with my now husband, Phil. It was a lovely change to be surrounded by slower paced, friendly people. We are now living in Fairfax, VA and spend most of our weekends hiking with our 3-year-old rescue dog, Zoe, who looks a little too similar to a wolf.
What attracted you to Strive?
When I first moved to Dallas, I worked for a company that forced you to memorize their Core Values and employees would be randomly asked by superiors to recite them at any time, in front of the entire company. Needless to say, this company did not oblige to these values. After interviewing with Strive, I immediately knew they were different. No one needed to memorize the Core Values because every employee lived by them, naturally, every day. It was so new to me to see an office filled with so many talented and competitive people who still celebrate every small win and constantly support each other’s successes. It’s a true family culture and it’s magnetic. Not to mention, I happened to start right before the annual Holiday Party and let me tell you, this exceeded every expectation I’ve ever had for an office party. After attending that, I knew I had found my place.
What keeps you at Strive?
Working at Strive in both the pre-Pandemic and post-Pandemic world has furthered my gratitude for this company. It’s been admirable to watch a company stay so open and flexible to whatever changes came about while ensuring that the safety and wellbeing of the employees and clients always came first. This went above and beyond for me personally. Early in the pandemic my husband was furloughed and was out of work for a few months. After a lot of stress and hard work he able to land an incredible opportunity, but in Fairfax, Virginia. I was not ready to give up my career with Strive but also knew Phil needed to work, and that this was a life changing opportunity for him. My boss, Jennifer Aiken, and the leaders at Strive were SO accommodating during this transition and allowed me to work remotely while we waited to see how the Pandemic was going to unfold. 2 years later, I am still working from Virginia and flying back to Dallas as often as I can (mostly to spend time with all the people I have come to call my second family over the last few years). I am so appreciative that Strive has allowed me to work remotely, and it encourages me to continually work hard and make an impact, even in a different state.
What makes Strive stand above the rest?
At Strive, it doesn’t matter what department you work in, what office you work from, or how many years you’ve been there, every employee has the opportunity to have an impact on the company. Throughout the year, there are a number of ways that an employee can express their opinions and discuss what is going well, and what we need to improve on. The best part is, this goes directly to leadership, and I know it is heard. Even during the lockdown, our President, Brian Ganser, and the leadership team made themselves accessible by having video calls with every employee to check in. They do this because they care about their employees and want everyone to have the ability to play a part in making Strive as successful as it can be.
What are you looking forward to in the future?
In the past few years, we have had a lot of incredible growth and I cannot wait to watch our company have success as we expand into new markets. Our adaptability and determination have kept us moving consistently forward and upward. The Planet Group acquisition has been such an exciting step for our future, and I can’t wait to see how much more impact we can have!
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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