The monthly member spotlight is an opportunity to learn more about a leader at one of our member companies and showcase the work they are doing. This month we spotlight Glendalynn Dixon, Data Operations Manager at CARPROOF. Learn more about CARPROOF in our member directory.
Name: Glendalynn Dixon
Title: Data Operations Manager
At CARPROOF, we gather and interpret automotive data creating insights through information and empowering individuals to make smart decisions at every stage in the vehicle ownership lifecycle. By providing valuable information our aim is to instill trust, confidence, and transparency in the automotive industry.
What is your role and what is your favorite part of your job?
I have the amazing opportunity to build up a new team and drive a new focus on analytics. Developing my fabulous team members is the single most rewarding aspect of my role. Participating in process design and change comes a close second! (The Starbucks walks are also important).
If you could have coffee with any business leader or industry expert, who would you choose, and why?
I would love to have a conversation with Indra Nooyi. While there is a lot of attention given to the entrepreneurs and innovators in today’s business world, the ability to realize real change in a behemoth of a company like PepsiCo should not be overlooked. She has been successful through building bridges and making hard decisions in a 50+ year old Fortune 500 Company. I can only imagine the looks on the faces of the board when Indra announced that they should shift away from carbonated beverages! By reaching out to the other candidate who lost out on the position for PeopsiCo’s CEO and working with him to ensure he not only stayed on with the company but would be her right-hand man is an approach I simply describe as human. I find Indra’s life story inspirational and would soak up every ounce of insight she dropped.
What is the #1 business book/blog/website you would recommend?
I’m totally cheating by choosing two books. Tellingly, choice #1 is First Break All the Rules (Marcus Buckingham) — I never tire of promoting the insights it provides to any new or experienced people managers looking to break free from the narrowly defined approaches to successfully building teams. Similarly, Thrive by Arianna Huffington challenges readers to redefine the successful life.
Looking at your company’s future, what are you most enthusiastic about?
There are two aspects of our future which I am crazy about. First, in the coming year(s) we’re putting a large focus on our team – meaning considerable resources have been dedicated to recruiting, developing and engaging our staff. As a huge proponent of investing in people, building highly functional teams and developing tomorrow’s leaders – this renewed focus is music to my ears. I could not be more enthusiastic about guiding and mentoring individuals in the community. CARPROOF’s investment will hopefully give me more opportunity to flex those muscles! Secondly, we love data! I get to swim in lakes of data which is a dream come true for anyone interested in harnessing information to generate meaningful insight.
What excites you most about the local tech community?
The people! I’ve been introduced to some amazing, driven, passionate individuals over the years. Through facilitating the TechAlliance Women in Tech Peer Group (shameless plug!) I’ve not only been inspired by an incredible group of female tech professionals; I’ve also had the ability to explore some of the great tech spaces in London – both new and established. The passion in the local tech community is hugely positive and will be a driver of change for this city.
What causes or community activities is your company involved in?
CARPROOF has a Wellness Committee that promotes improved mental and physical health for their employees – I’ve never experienced such a level of commitment before – meditation, yoga, FitBit challenges and Nutrition Bingo are all fabulous endeavours. Locally we support volunteer efforts for the London Food Bank, Big Brothers & Sisters, as well as fundraising for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We have several employees active in both TechAlliance and the local Toastmasters group. I know I will have missed many other areas of involvement but this is what springs to mind.