The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone a few questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.
Stacey Nordwall - People Operations Manager (San Francisco)
Having been an office manager for many years and trained as a counseling psychologist, Stacey has always been a people geek at heart. When not reading about brains, she writes, draws and binge watches Netflix.
Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Stacey Nordwall: I've been able to contribute expansively. I've gotten to write, to provide product feedback, to create new processes, and to have the freedom to creatively approach finding solutions to problems. I've had the ability to take on things that interest me, run with them and be supported by people from different teams. It's been really satisfying.
CA :Best day you’ve ever had at work, here or anywhere else?
SN: In my training as a therapist, I counseled kids who were going through some very serious and devastating things. At the end of the school year when we were wrapping up, they let me know how I had helped them, and the influence I had had. It's the most personally emotionally impactful work I've ever done.
CA: What do you geek out about outside of work?
SN: Luckily, a lot of the same stuff I can geek out about at work! I read a lot about brains and understanding how people think. I love reading about the things that influence us subconsciously, and how we make decisions. Also, I geek out about movies (and TV shows). I watch a lot of stuff, so I'm always good for recommendations. Things I'm loving right now or saw recently: "Broad City," "Straight Outta Compton," "Man Seeking Woman," "Spy," and really anticipating the return of "Orphan Black."
CA: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
SN: It may seem nerdy, but I would love to have the ability to communicate in all languages. How powerful would it be to be able to communicate with anyone in the world without that barrier! I think it would bring such a richness of experience into my world, especially since many languages contain concepts that aren't easily translated into other languages. Teleportation would be a close second. I'd love to get anywhere in the world in the blink of an eye.
CA: What is something about you not many people know?
SN: I lost a regional spelling bee in elementary school because I didn't know how to spell "maraud." But now I'm a spelling beast! Also that I've worn glasses for many many years, and now that they are cheap to get on the internet, I have about ten pairs of glasses. They're the ultimate accessory. Oh, and that I used to be a drummer.
CA: If you could be a lead character in a movie, who would it be?
SN: It's only because I saw part of "Terminator 2" recently that this comes to mind, but I remember that scene where Linda Hamilton is doing pull-ups using the frame of her tipped-over bed, and I thought - that is one badass lady. I liked how powerful and take charge she was as Sarah Connor. I could do without being chased by a terminator though.
CA: Where would you go on an all expense paid trip tomorrow?
SN: It would absolutely be Iceland. I've been wanting to go there for so many years now - aurora borealis, volcanoes, beautiful natural scenery, hot springs, hikes, and vodka filtered through lava rocks! It sounds amazing.
CA: What was the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
SN: When it comes down to it, we have a finite amount of energy to spend on things, so spend that energy on the things that matter to you and let go of the rest. Also, the importance of laughter.
CA: What does Culture First mean to you?
SN: It's such a hard one for me to put into words.... When I think about it in terms of my previous training, it's about marrying a whole person perspective to the workplace. People are multi-faceted, and the workplace has to be malleable enough to accommodate that. Being Culture First is about being willing to examine things anew, and adjust to the world and the people as they are changing around us. The work of Culture First is never done. It's a continuing intention to strive toward betterment.