Creative Mulitasker Kathryn Davis Says She Loves It All
As a believer in lifelong learning, it’s no wonder Kathryn Davis relishes the diversity her role as senior vice president at Xceed Financial Credit Union provides.
“Wearing so many hats, it’s actually easy to stay engaged–you never know what you’ll be working on when you get to the office. I’m motivated by the experience and opportunity each discipline brings every day,” said Davis, who oversees marketing and communications, e-commerce, strategic planning, facilities, and human resources and training at the $738 million El Segundo, Calif.-based credit union.
She also advised those young professionals currently in the industry to get involved, be curious and question, offer alternatives and be willing to try and fail. “Ask for every and any opportunity. Tell your boss the job you want tomorrow, even if it’s the job your boss has now. I’ve personally subscribed to this philosophy for the last 10 years, and it’s always opened the door for me,” said Davis. “Ask why things are done the way they are and offer alternatives. You have to be willing to try and be up front about what didn’t work and then learn from it. And last, but not least, show up with the credentials. If you haven’t completed college, go back to school and get your undergraduate degree. If you have an undergraduate degree, go back for your MBA. If you’re in possession of both, don’t let your education get stale, be a lifelong learner, it will open doors for you.”
As far as retention efforts of top talent, she urged credit unions to strike a balance and be careful not to create a complacent organization.