Thentia’s leadership team is a diverse and exceptional group of professionals who have brought major influence to not only the company’s direction, but to their own teams. Those teams make up Thentia’s structure, functionality, and culture and contribute to our success.
The impact that a great leader has on people is an impression that lasts forever. So how did they get here? In our Leadership Spotlight series, we sit down with new members of our leadership team to discuss everything from the importance of powerful leadership influence in the tech industry to of course, the path that led them to Thentia.
In our first instalment of the series, we chat with Thentia’s new VP, Product – Marcie King!
What excites you about the tech industry and what led your career to Thentia?
I have always loved finding ways to make things more efficient and practical. I am skilled in process, product, and project management and have leveraged those disciplines for organizational transformation.
I was introduced to Thentia by Oklahoma Cabinet Secretary Susan Winchester. She called me to tell me about how Thentia Cloud saved her agencies significant time and money. Since efficiency is my love language, I researched the company and knew it was a place I wanted to work and leverage my experience to contribute to the organization. One of the things that solidified me coming here was the overall diversity of the organization.
What is something you are looking forward to working on as Thentia’s new VP, Product?
I’m excited to move the team into a more agile delivery methodology. We operate in a few different methodologies. I’m looking forward to streamlining those processes to create efficiency, reliability, and scalability through the delivery process; not to mention increases in employee satisfaction and leadership opportunities.
What advice would you give to women entering the tech industry?
I’ve answered and re-answered this question in my head many times. The current political climate and recent legal upheavals have been quite discouraging.
Unfortunately, you will face bias from people who don’t think women belong in tech. You will encounter ugly situations. You will be told to not be so emotional or snide, when your male counterparts can say the same thing, the same way, and be called strong and respectable.
Be yourself. In the wise words of Dr. Seuss: “….There is no one alive who is youer than you.” If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self to appreciate my strengths and not to worry so much about the “noise”.
Advocate more for women and mentor them. We have a responsibility to help other women in tech become leaders and navigate through the challenges. We cannot control what others think and how they treat us – but we can control how we respond to it.
Your workplace needs you. The women around you need you. The men around you also need you – some of them just don’t like to admit it!
What keeps you motivated?
I’m very mission-driven, so I like to be able to tie what I’m doing to improving something for others. When I get discouraged or tired, I go back to my “why” and reset on the mission. Doing that really energizes and motivates me.
What is your favorite family holiday tradition and why?
I love Thanksgiving! My kids are older now and Thanksgiving is the only holiday where we can have the entire family together. There’s always way too much food, lots of board games, and the joy of having everyone in the same place is why it’s easily my favorite holiday.
What app on your phone can you not live without?
My text or messaging apps are must haves. My kids are all adults and each of them have such busy schedules that texting is our typical means of communication. Nothing makes my day brighter than hearing from one of my children. Messaging makes that daily connection with them so easy and convenient.
Which one of Thentia’s core values resonates with you the most and why?
I would say that “A company of builders” is my favorite. I’ve always said that building things is core to who I am, and why I love startup life. I look at building as a problem-solving process. The challenge is to find the biggest value for whatever is being built.
To me, there is no bigger satisfaction than seeing something you’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into come to life and be of use to others.