Careers

A Day In the Life

Though their official title is consultant, we more often refer to our team members as Rock Stars or Superheroes.  Our team members represent a diverse array of experiences, backgrounds, and areas of interest.  

They each bring their own unique perspectives and backgrounds to EK, but they share a passion for learning and partnering with our clients.  They each exemplify the expertise, commitment, and spirit of collaboration that makes EK what it is.

Though we pride ourself on the fact that no two days are often the same, below, we’ve captured some of our Rock Stars’ stories.

Angela

Angela PittsWhere were you before you started working with Enterprise Knowledge?
I spent over 10 years working as an educator in secondary and postsecondary environments and 10 years working in Knowledge Management and Project Management in the federal government and private sectors.

Why did you choose to work for Enterprise Knowledge?
Upon meeting Zach and Joe, I realized that their vision for the company aligned with the type of service I wanted to provide to clients — helping them improve efficiency by employing best practices in managing their organization’s information assets.

What type of work do you do at EK?
I provide Knowledge Management consulting; primarily, I work as an expert in Taxonomy Design and Implementation.

Discuss some of your career highlights.
In 2001-2002, I worked with knowledge leaders in the field of Supply Chain Engineering to build the field’s first taxonomy.  The taxonomy provided a classification system for organizing 3D videos, drawings and white papers for a corporate knowledge center and would be discussed and utilized by leading supply chain organizations

In 2005, I lead an effort to deploy a new homeland security taxonomy and auto categorization module for a specialized academic digital library.

In 2010 I had the opportunity to lead a team of Culture and language SMEs in building a professional military education training module to help Marine Officers build cultural competency in regions across the globe.

Currently, after leading an integrated project team in building an enterprise taxonomy, I have the opportunity to present the work that was done to a diverse group of senior leaders to promote its widespread adoption and integration with all other enterprise information systems.

Guiding a worldwide publishing company build a taxonomy to classify its educational products and services for the purpose of doing more accurate profit and loss analysis.

What excites you most about your work?
The work I do gives me the opportunity to work with experts in a variety of fields.  It is never boring and no two projects are the same.  I feel it helps me grow as a professional and as a person.

Why is EK an ideal firm for someone with expertise/skills in your field of work?
EK provides the perfect environment for someone who really believes in knowledge management best practices and seeks to work with other experts in the field.  Zach is a well-respected authority in the field and he has created a collaborative environment which helps to foster professional growth and expertise in the field of taxonomy.

What differentiates EK from other IT consulting companies?
EK is efficient and effective in the ways that we help our clients manage their knowledge.  We use best practices and creative strategies to build solutions that will empower our clients to answer business problems. We are different from other IT consulting companies because we foster independence  with the solutions we provide.

 

Ben

Ben WhiteWhere were you before you started working with Enterprise Knowledge?
New York City Department of Transportation

Why did you choose to work for Enterprise Knowledge?
From my first conversation with Enterprise Knowledge I was impressed with EK’s commitment to their clients and expertise.  Working in an organization that places such tremendous emphasis on understanding and solving customer problems is what pulled me to EK. Since I’ve been with EK, I have reaped remarkable benefits working alongside industry leaders.

What type of work do you do at EK?
Information Architecture

Discuss some of your career highlights.
My time with EK is a career highlight.  I have been challenged by each project and I have enjoyed working with large organizations to help improve their operational efficiency.  I have learned a great deal from my colleagues and I am grateful for the freedom and support provided by management.

What excites you most about your work?
As an Information Architect, I organize and label information environments.  In a digital environment, this directly impacts how users find and use information.  The amount of information we create every day is staggering.  Information Architecture makes it possible to sift through this information to find valuable material.  Developing a good information architecture can help make the digital world more clear and allow people to find valuable information.  Making the digital world a more manageable place is to me very exciting.

Why is EK an ideal firm for someone with expertise/skills in your field of work?
Enterprise Knowledge is flexible and open to new approaches. This allows EK to effectively innovate and perform.  IT consulting is a dynamic field that is relentlessly changing.  Flexibility and openness to new approaches allows both employees and the company to prosper in an ever changing environment.

What differentiates EK from other IT consulting companies?
EK has the depth of experienced professionals and breadth of project experience to compete with and outperform the largest IT firms in the world.  EK outperforms these competitors because of a nimble and client centric corporate structure that allows EK to complete complex, global projects with greater speed, accuracy and cost efficiency than their larger competitors as well as boutique IT firms.

 

Craig

Craig St. ClairWhere were you before you started working with Enterprise Knowledge?
I have worked both as an independent consultant and as an “in-house” practitioner for a variety of companies including Dolby, Genzyme and Cap Gemini.

Why did you choose to work for Enterprise Knowledge?
EK is the right combination of: young growing company; smart innovative colleagues; and cutting edge thinking about information management and design

What type of work do you do at EK?
My work here ranges from general project management to more specific disciplines such as information architecture, taxonomy and metadata design design, and user experience; I often work on projects involving SharePoint because that is an area of expertise as well.

Discuss some of your career highlights.
I worked for the UN for about a year, redesigning the intranet for one of their larger organizations.  I’ve also done a good deal of work in South America and Europe; one of the biggest advantages of this type of work is the opportunity to connect with folks from different parts of the world.

What excites you most about your work?
I love figuring things out; solving real problems with practical, sustainable solutions and really changing the organizations manage their information for the better.

Why is EK an ideal firm for someone with expertise/skills in your field of work?
EK is perfectly positioned to be the leader in this field among consultancies. It has the right leadership, the right client base and great visibility.

What differentiates EK from other IT consulting companies?
An emphasis on strategy as well as implementation for more holistic solutions.  More professionalism and polish.

 

Katy

Katy SaulpaughWhere were you before you started working with Enterprise Knowledge?
Before I joined EK, I worked as a consultant in various Agile and change management roles. I did everything from global HR system implementations to running cross-cultural training seminars.

Why did you choose to work for Enterprise Knowledge?
I wanted to work for EK because it focuses growing its business around its employees’ passions. I would be involved in the Agile and change management communities regardless, so it’s great to work for a company that makes this a part of its business model.

What type of work do you do at EK?
As a practice lead, I help others at EK develop their careers in Agile and change management. Right now, I’m leading teams at two clients – one is shifting to an Agile organization model, and the other is taking an Agile approach to digital product development.

Discuss some of your career highlights.
I love the speaking opportunities I’ve had at EK – It was great fun to speak about Agile beyond IT at a client’s board meeting, and I also had the chance to be a guest lecturer on change management to students of KM. Both of these are applications of agile and change management in less traditional sectors, and it’s cool to be a part of that growth.

What excites you most about your work?
I love working at EK because everyone is an expert in his or her field – some of them are even considered top of their industry. Because of this I learn something new every day, whether it’s about content strategy, taxonomy or new technology.

Why is EK an ideal firm for someone with expertise/skills in your field of work?
EK isn’t one-size-fits all with our approach to Agile – we incorporate it into everything we do. As a result there are a lot of opportunities at EK to apply Agile principles in fun and unexpected ways, like in content delivery and organization design.

What differentiates EK from other IT consulting companies?
EK is the perfect place for lifelong learners to thrive – sharing and expanding knowledge is our core business. Plus, we are lucky enough to use cutting-edge, open source technology for the vast majority of our projects.

 

Claire

Claire BrawdyWhere were you before you started working at Enterprise Knowledge?
Prior to starting work at EK, I was finishing up my senior year at Dickinson College, located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where I majored in history.

Why did you choose to work for Enterprise Knowledge?
I have always loved connecting people and ideas, so consulting is a natural fit for me. EK stood out to me specifically because of the company’s clear dedication to its employees and their professional development, as well as the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients and gain a breadth of experience.

What type of work do you do at EK?
So far, I’ve been supporting several different projects, a majority of which have dealt with taxonomy design. I’ve also worked on other projects that relate to knowledge management and workshop facilitation.

Discuss some of your career highlights.
In the past, I have worked with a number of nonprofits to research and generate reports in order to prioritize grant opportunities, which has helped ensure their longevity. In addition, I’ve established innovative outreach initiatives for several nonprofits in order to generate more publicity and awareness in their respective communities. At EK, I’ve already had the opportunity to help produce deliverables which ensure our clients’ satisfaction, such as the design of starter taxonomies, as well as content and competitive analyses, to name a few.

What excites you most about your work?
EK fosters a collaborative, respectful environment, and I love working with my colleagues– they’re experts in their respective fields, but more importantly, they’re engaging and passionate about the work that they do. I am always learning something new, whether that be about taxonomy design, agile coaching, or knowledge management.

Why is EK an ideal firm for someone with expertise/skills in your field of work?
I am a naturally inquisitive person, which helps me get to the root of client problems, and I have strong written and verbal communication skills, which helps with generating content as well as producing client deliverables and reports. Perhaps most importantly, I am a collaborative person, which fits exceptionally well within EK’s team environment.

What differentiates EK from other IT consulting companies?
EK partners with its clients to find the solutions an organization needs, rather than dictating what they believe is right. This collaborative approach builds trust and ensures that we’re delivering the best product possible every time.