I made a short trip (less than 24 hours actually!) to Kansas City at the end of last week mainly for work orientation but also got a chance to explore the city a bit.
Started off by getting some really good food at Reiger and then moving underground for a drink at the speakeasy Manifesto.
The next day was spent at orientation, which ended with my first time playing whirlyball, a combination of lacrosse and bumper cars. It was fun but also a little hard to pick up.
Before leaving KC, we made a few quick stops to see outdoor art pieces at Nelson-Atkins Institute of Art and took in the city skyline view at Liberty Memorial.
Something interesting is that Kansas City actually straddles two states: Missouri and Kansas. It was funny to drive around and pass by a bunch of “Welcome to Missouri” and “Welcome to Kansas” signs everywhere.
From the parts I was able to see, Kansas City felt like a fun, spirited city.
I hope to return in the future to explore more.
Kansas is state #44 in the state race!
Last Saturday, I participated in the Women’s March in San Francisco.
I made a sign and was proud to be there in support.
It was estimated that over three million Americans (plus more overseas) marched on Saturday.
There have been so many women in my life who have stood with me and made me who I am today that it felt only right to help strengthen their voice in this important time.
It was inspiring.
The fact that so many people still marched in the pouring rain made it that much more powerful.
To see people from all ages and walks of life- women, men, children, old people, young people, and everything in between- gave me some hope in fighting for a better, more equal future.
I stand with them and I march with them.
Today’s a sad day because President Obama is leaving office after serving eight great years.
He was the first President I ever got the chance to vote for and I still remember the morning of his historic inauguration. I was a bright-eyed college student up before class watching on a big screen at Sproul Plaza. It was extremely inspiring.
He made us believe that opportunity was real, and not fake. He was cool too, someone the younger generation and minorities could really relate to.
Some great photos from his Presidency.
Thank you, President Obama, for everything you did, all of the hope you motivated, and the dreams you inspired.
And you said it yourself at last White House Correspondent’s Dinner, but damn, you’re right. We’re going to miss you when you’re gone.
At the end of last year, I returned to the Bay and was reinvigorated by joining a small startup called analyticsMD that I really believed in.
This year was defined by that move, and all of the ups and downs of learning through an early stage company.
I worked there for almost all of 2016 (except for the last two weeks), and learned a ton from the experience. Apart from playing a key part in growing the team and setting up processes and structure, I greatly valued the opportunity to do things that I wouldn’t get to do in a larger company, expanding my skill set and gaining a deeper understanding of other roles and functions.
I not only got to learn about different areas like marketing, sales, and product management, but got to actually contribute and do work in those areas.
It’s been a roller coaster of a ride.
There were many successes and many struggles, but I don’t regret it one bit.
In moving on from analyticsMD, I decided to join Accenture in a consulting role a few weeks ago. My first project takes me to Los Angeles for half of each week, but I’m excited to have some more free time to pursue personal hobbies in the near future.
I think I’ve done a good job of challenging myself this year both personally and professionally.
It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been humbling and inspiring.
Here’s to seeing where the next roller coaster takes me!
Today is my last day at analyticsMD.
14 months ago, I joined this healthcare tech startup to build something great.
I learned a ton, especially early on. I got to work on a bunch of things cross-functionally and jumped at the chance to fill needs as they came up. I saw the team grow from just seven people to now around 25.
More than anything, I learned so much about how a company gets built, and how hard it is to actually do successfully.
It’s been quite the ride- the ups and downs and everything in between. It’s truly been a blast.
But now it’s time for me to move on.
I’ll really miss this place though. In a certain way it’ll always be my baby.