Skills

My professional and personal interests have enabled me to build a set of skills valued by organizations that encourage innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and a results-driven culture. These include, but are not limited to the following:

Leading teams

  • Leadership: influencing without authority, motivating others, mobilizing volunteer staff
  • Project management: working with cross-functional teams to deliver results on time and within budget
  • Experience working with diverse, multicultural and globally-deployed teams

Analytics

  • SQL to drive business analysis and insights
  • Advanced data modeling techniques, tool development using python
  • Quantitative marketing methods

Critical Thinking

  • Defining business strategies, identifying opportunities and key risks/mitigations
  • Identifying root causes and drivers for under-performing organizations
  • Developing business cases for senior management initiatives

Communication

  • Public speaking, webinars and workshops
  • Creating and delivering high-stakes presentations
  • Developing marketing collateral (traditional/digital, video)

Web-related

  • Web site development, social media and blogging tools
  • Google Analytics, AdWords, AdSense, and other search engine marketing (SEM) tools
  • Java and python web app frameworks

Creative & Design

  • Digital photography
  • Desktop publishing & graphic design

Technical

  • Vendor selection / RFP management
  • System administration of Linux & Mac OS X operating systems
  • Programming (Java, python), SDLC
  • Agile SDLC (scrum)
  • Git / gitflow, JIRA, and other devops tools and platforms

Language

  • Spanish (bilingual fluency)
  • Mandarin (beginner)

 

Reflection

I have learned and refined these skills over many years, and found the following story most apropos when I came across it in one of my favorite marketing books:

A woman was strolling along a street in Paris when she spotted Picasso sketching at a sidewalk cafe. Not so thrilled that she could not be slightly presumptuous, the woman asked Picasso if he might sketch her, and charge accordingly. Picasso obliged. In just minutes, there she was: an original Picasso.
“And what do I owe you?” she asked.
“Five thousand francs,” he answered.
“But it only took you three minutes,” she politely reminded him.
“No,” Picasso said. “It took me all my life.”
–from “Selling the Invisible, a field guide to modern marketing” by Harry Beckwith

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