I started my career as an accountant, but I always found myself drawn to the technical aspects of the job, creating reports and learning about software configurations. I switched into finance consulting by doing full suite Workday deployments for clients. Ultimately, I saw myself in a position where I’d be the in-house Workday finance guru for a customer. That opportunity presented itself at Ryan, where I’m the head of support for Workday Financial Management. I’m responsible for working with our stakeholders to define our Workday deployment roadmap, which includes onboarding and adoption, annual updates, and deploying new functionality across the organization.
When you’re a consultant, it’s all about thinking quickly, finding solutions, setting up and configuring them for the client, and then passing on your knowledge the best you can. Once a client is live, the consulting firm typically starts to transition out of the project. On the client side, it’s much more about driving change management, training and user-readiness, and continuous adoption.
We’re always pushing forward and innovating at Ryan to deliver the best services to our clients. We constantly think about how to grow, improve, and realize the most value, and this philosophy extends to optimizing our internal systems. Having both the consultant and the in-house perspectives has given me a strong technical foundation and the change management skills needed to roll out new systems and features to the rest of the organization in a way that sets up everyone for success.