Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering talent with potential has been a focal point of Arc Aspicio since its founding in 2004. As a consulting firm, Arc Aspicio is in the talent business. We invest in people at all levels (including our interns) who show promise and potential, and help them grow the skills they need to be successful in consulting (or in an internal specialty role in our fun and very busy office).

A great example is me. I am our Talent Manager and I had limited talent experience when I joined the company eight years ago. I showed passion and potential, and was willing to work hard and learn. I joined as a Junior Associate recently out of the University of Virginia and learned under an experienced talent professional.

I wore so many hats as we grew! I did a little of absolutely everything in talent and company financial operations. Several years and several promotions later, I now manage our talent functions, overseeing a Talent Team that focuses on human resources and recruiting. I could not ask for a better team (both those who work for me and with me) to support me in this journey. I am grateful for opportunities for fast learning with tremendous support. Arc Aspicio believed in me; our Chief Executive Officer Lynn Ann and our executives believed in me.

As the Talent Manager, I hear about all of the great work that our consultants are doing each day for our clients and company. Because of each of them, we are positioned well for great growth in a very competitive market. My favorite things about my role are finding great people and building great teams, developing and retaining our people around our fun and unique culture which emphasizes having fun at work, and helping our people develop skills to be the future leaders in our company – our next generation.

Last year, we started something called Peer Groups and this year we are making an even bigger investment in the program. We get to see how much our people genuinely like each other and also share knowledge in a professional learning environment. I continue to witness great friendships within Arc Aspicio. In talking to employees, they sometimes laugh at the Talent Team for being so excited about this. We love to see friendships and connections among peers on projects, through peer groups, and in the office. We also love to hear that our people find their work to be interesting and challenging. I sure do – having had to learn everything about human resources and recruiting to be able to keep up with our growth. Doing what I do today for a company of about 20 employees was very different. We have more than 90 today.

I greatly appreciate the support and recognition for being committed to Arc Aspicio and for working very hard. As we grow, we sometimes may need additional support like I have. For example, in making work/life choices and exploring options when we have a life change. Arc Aspicio values our people who show promise and potential, and who work day in and day out for our clients and company. We want our people to grow with us like I have. We ask that our people talk to us about options or other opportunities within Arc Aspicio as needed and/or desired. We are very open to these long-term/future conversations! I know because I have had them!

About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. As a rapidly growing company, Arc Aspicio has a bold strategy for 2016-2018 that drives growth through new capabilities in strategy, design, human capital, data analytics, information sharing, cybersecurity, and strategic communications. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude – for its clients and its great team. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com

Contributors

Jackie Meredith | Jackie is our Senior Talent and Operations Manager. Jackie works directly with our CEO supporting human resources, recruiting, general business operations, contract management, and special projects including the website redesign. Jackie supports the end-to-end employee experience including recruiting, orientation, and continuous career development. She is passionate about homeland security and human resources.

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Greater Washington Innovation Awards Selects Arc Aspicio as Nominee in Professional Services Category

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Arc Aspicio Named 2018 Washington D.C. Corporate Culture Winner

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Arlington, VA, February 19, 2018 — CEO Report chose Arc Aspicio as a Washington D.C. Corporate Culture Award Winner for 2018. An independent committee grants the award to companies that focus on empowering employees and fostering a work environment that is both creative and collaborative. Winners of the Corporate Culture Awards are leaders in using company culture as an asset for growth.

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Building Data Analytics Capacity in Your Organization: Centralize or Decentralize?

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

We’ve all been there, a moment in a past job where you ask yourself if your work really matters. You are approaching mid-career and what matters more to you now is seeing your work make a difference. I knew that I wanted to spend more time “doing” homeland security, rather than writing policy memos about what other people were doing. With this mindset, I walked into my interview with Arc Aspicio four years ago. My question for my interviewer—how do your people make a difference every day?

Arc Aspicio Launches “Our Story” and Launches Updated Website

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Lynn Ann Casey founded Arc Aspicio with a small team of people that wanted to influence and shape the Homeland Security consulting industry for the benefit of the Federal Government and the people it serves – the American public. As the company has grown, it has remained focused on the its core values; to put the mission first, build trust with one another, be innovative, solve difficult problems, and invest in its people.

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Letting Employees Dive In

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What do you want to be when you grow up? The truth of the matter is, I’ve never wanted to answer that question. I’ve never been someone who felt tied to one particular activity or career path (and I have a disgruntled high school guidance counselor who can vouch for that). What I did know coming out of college were two things: I wanted to solve problems facing our country and I wanted to continue learning.

Transforming the Acquisition Process, Together

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As threats evolve, the Federal government acquisition process must keep pace and even get ahead. Federal acquisitions remain driven by systems that have been in place for decades. Challenges exist within the agencies, and between government and industry, in awarding contracts. The complex nature of acquisitions leads to higher costs, slow procurements, and sometimes minimal innovation.

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering Talent: My Personal Story

Discovering talent with potential has been a focal point of the Arc Aspicio since its founding in 2004. As a consulting firm, Arc Aspicio is in the talent business. We invest in people at all levels (including our interns) who show promise and potential, and help them grow the skills they need to be successful in consulting (or in an internal specialty role in our fun and very busy office).