This series highlights amazing employees who exemplify the 'Collabie' way. Each month, a new hire who hit the ground running or a tenured high-performing employee will be featured to share about their experience working for Collaborative Solutions. From career paths to culture, get the inside scoop directly from those who bring the talent and fun every day, making us an award-winning workplace!
November Spotlight: Alix Prassas
Title: OC&T Consultant, Women Together ERG Lead, Inclusion & Belonging Committee Lead
Location: Chicago, IL
Been with Collaborative for: 1 year
Why did you choose Collaborative?
My initial conversation with Collaborative lasted several hours. I was blown away not just by the conversation itself, but by how much I felt like I could contribute to the conversation while being my authentic self. Every additional conversation I had in the interviewing process—and every fantastic person I met—only confirmed that this is a place I belong.
What does your day-to-day look like in your role as an Organizational Change & Training consultant, as well as with the Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council and the "Women Together" Employee Resource Group (ERG)?
My day as an OC&T Consultant really is always different and depends on where we’re at in the project—whether it be analysis, strategy, or more tactical work—though relationship building is always an element of each day.
In my role as Inclusion & Belonging Committee Lead, I help drive forward the goals of the committee—which is to provide guidance and oversight to the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), as well provide metrics for understanding awareness and impact of D&I initiatives at Collaborative.
As Women Together Lead, I ensure we keep our forward momentum and realize the goals to which we’ve committed, and continue to aim higher. At this point, though, the four fantastic leads (Kayla, Hayley, Gretchen, and Megan) really run the show, and I just make certain they’re supported.
What do you love about your job and working with the D&I Council and ERGs?
I love that no two days are the same, especially when on more than one project, and I also really enjoy there are opportunities to contribute to the practice and the organization.
For both my role in Women Together and the D&I Council, I love being a part of something bigger and seeing the empowerment that comes along with our work. Throughout my career, I’ve been focused on building engaging, inclusive work environments, so the fact that I can still contribute to that, in addition to my consulting work, is incredibly rewarding.
What does it take to be successful in your consulting role and as a D&I council member and ERG lead?
Flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, a growth mindset, and passion for the people experience.
With the D&I work, it’s truly about listening and empowering committee and group members. The Collaborative team members doing D&I work are all incredible—and contribute time outside of their full-time role because they care so deeply about it—I just want to ensure everyone else sees the great work.
How does Collaborative help you grow as a person and in your career?
Collaborative OC&T took a chance on me by bringing me into an external role, having only had internal consulting experience, and I’ve always appreciated that vote of confidence. Being on the “other” side of things has also opened my eyes and provided perspective that I may not have gotten if I hadn't gotten to have this experience.
Along those lines, I’ve been very fortunate to get exposure to different parts of the organization and the opportunity to leverage my skills and passion in different areas. I’ve also been fortunate to have made some great friendships at Collaborative already that have only added to the perspective-taking, the best kind of friendships are definitely ones that force growth!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Time travel. I’m so curious about great people in history: I always wish I could’ve been around to witness their work.
What’s your favorite TV show at the moment?
Its season finale happened a bit ago, but “I May Destroy You” on HBO still is top of mind. I love shows that dismantle societal norms and force me to think critically about my own cognitive biases and reactions, and to discover there can be layers of truth. I think art can often be underestimated for societal impact and change, but so often it has a huge influence (I think of Pose in this category too). That said, for the times I just need mindless television, 90 Day Fiancé is at the top of the list.
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