On behalf of all of us at BTR, we’d like to wish Ashley Kirasich a very happy sixth anniversary! In that time, she has excelled in many roles. In honor of this important milestone, we asked Ashley a few questions to get to know her better:
What is your title and what is a day in the life for you like?
My current title is Lead Project Manager & Trainer for the Consulting Division. This loosely translates to… I wear many hats at BTR. The advantage of my unique role is I’m exposed to so many aspects of the business – everything from the day-to-day consulting activity, marketing initiatives, to company-wide reporting and data analytics. By working on various company initiatives, I’m able to see our processes through different lenses, which in turn, helps me do my job more effectively.
What are the key issues that you see BTR addressing in the future?
I see BTR focusing more on Employee Engagement Tools – a functionality that not been as prevalent in years past. This technology is booming within the HR world and we are beginning to see it as a requirement when scoping new consulting projects. We have already had team members become subject matter experts to strengthen our collective knowledge, which will allow us to further educate and assist clients when they have a need for technology to support their employee engagement efforts.
What could you give a 30-minute presentation about with no advance preparation?
I cannot stand clutter, so I often spend time organizing and purging unused items. I have a well-defined process and could easily give a 30-minute presentation on my methodology. PS – my husband is not a fan of my “Marie Kondo” way of life.
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
There was a time when I felt insecure or intimidated by the prospect of meeting with C-level executives or challenging individuals. My colleague and mentor took the opportunity to remind me “we all put our pants on one leg at a time”. That visual has stuck with me and helps temper my nerves going into uncomfortable situations.
Describe a recent project that you’ve learned from. What did you learn throughout the process?
One of my most recent projects taught me to never make assumptions. It’s easy to go into a project feeling confident in the intended direction and scope, but that can quickly change as you uncover unique requirements and complexities through the discovery process. Although the “surprises” may initially catch me off guard, they lead to valuable learning experiences I take with me into future client engagements.