How have you grown in your career at Avery Dennison?
Five years ago, I was hired to manage the SaaS and professional services categories for Avery Dennison. Today, I’m responsible for the global IT sourcing function. My team has also expanded into new areas such as non-IT professional services for the corporate business unit and has taken on significant responsibility for the negotiation of legal terms and conditions.
I also have opportunities to work on broader, strategic IT projects outside of the sourcing context. In 2020 I planned the 2020 Worldwide IT Leadership Summit and this year I managed the development process for IT’s 2022-2025 strategic plan.
What's the biggest stretch opportunity you've taken on?
In 2020, I was asked to create a program for the Worldwide IT Leadership Summit, which is an annual event sponsored by Nick Colisto, our CIO. Instead of using the structure of prior summits, I proposed an immersive, virtual event where our IT leaders would gain hands-on experience with modern innovation techniques, such as design thinking and Agile mindset.
Nick agreed and trusted me to make it a success. The project challenged me on a number of fronts - I do not have a learning and development background, nor do I have a technical background in innovation, design thinking, or Agile. Plus, the success or failure of the program would reflect directly on Nick. COVID complicated matters further as we had to deliver the content to over 50 IT leaders across the world using new online collaboration tools.
I set out to learn as much as I could in a short period of time and used my network to connect with subject matter experts I could rely on to create a comprehensive program. In the end, the summit was a success; the participants provided positive feedback and our IT leaders came away with new tools to approach business problems through innovation.