A Day in the Life: Colleen
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Colleen is an Assistant Vice President of Tech Innovation, Emerging Tech and Quality Assurance. She has worked at Pacific Life for more than seven years.

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Tell us about your career path and how you got to where you are today.

I’ve been a lifelong technologist working in multiple industries (Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Biotech) across multiple companies. Pacific Life is my 10th stop in a fun and variety-filled career!

Tell us about your job responsibilities and what a typical day looks like for you.

I love bringing agility practices into my every day life so that I can lead with heart, by example. My typical day is a mini-sprint against longer term goals and measures that I’ve clearly articulated in my employee development plan. I worry less about the things I do at work, and more about how I show up. It is amazing what happens when we prioritize values like caring, listening, and kindness. When we do this, our daily responsibilities become joyful and fun, even the most challenging ones! Life is short and we spend much of our time at work. So why not show up as our full, genuine selves?

How has Pacific Life supported your career growth and development?

I’ve been very lucky to have worked for leaders who allow me to explore tangents that may or may not lead to immediate application. In addition to my day job as a Technology Leader, I have been afforded opportunities to contribute to industry groups, write articles, and explore crazy topics that seem initially far afield. One example of this is my exploration of Complexity Science. This is the science of non-linear systems, like some biological systems. Believe it or not, learning about Complexity Science has led to practical applications that I bring to the table when understanding organizational agility and change management. People and organizations behave in non-linear, often unpredictable ways. This is what makes my job challenging and extremely fun!

There are endless opportunities to learn and grow at Pacific Life. A sort of nirvana is attained when work and play come together and we are in a state of creative flow. American Painter Robert Henri once said, “The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”  What makes Pacific Life different is the support and investment the company provides, giving us tools and exposure to unearth an ideal intersection between company success and personal development.

What do you do when you’re not working?

I volunteer for beloved non-profit organizations. I’m a volunteer Music Director for Kidsingers, an organization that uses music to teach teamwork and confidence to kids.

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