Q&A with Michael
How would you summarize what you do?
I facilitate the strategy, design, and build of digital products for consumers and businesses.
What work/project are you proudest of and what impact has it made?
I did a digital technology assessment for Big Shoulders Fund’s most at-risk schools that lead to a fundraising campaign that gathered over 120k for critical hardware for the students.
What’s unique about working for Inpsire11?
On the one side, we are working at Inspire11, which has a very cool start-up mentality, and then we go work at our clients, whom most are massive corporations. We get to see the best and worst of both worlds.
How has your background shaped how you think, relate to others, and conquer challenges?
I am a consistent learner. I read as much as I can, follow groundbreakers in the product space, learn while I’m working, and always reflect on how I can do better. I worked in sales a long time ago, and that combined with the design thinking approach of starting with empathy helps me to relate to others. I find solving problems to be exciting, so it’s in my nature to want to solve complex problems.
What does “inspiring a better tomorrow for all” mean to you?
It means that we don’t have to follow the status quo. We can turn crazy ideas into reality that will benefit us all. It means that we can do great work that benefits us and our clients, which helps their customers and it’s a win-win-win.
Describe how you’ve grown professionally since you started working for Inspire11.
I’ve grown from specializing as a product manager to being able to work at higher levels in strategy and organizational design. My understanding of data and data science is much sharper. I’m a better designer. Being that has motivated me to become the best version of myself I can be.
How do you turn it up to 11?
I make my clients go “Wow, that was incredible.” Thinking outside the box and proposing ideas no one else has tried has helped me gather great confidence from my stakeholders over the last three years.
If you have to be odd to be an Eleven, what makes you odd?
I can answer this a couple of different ways, collecting so many bobbleheads that three ways in my basement showcase them. My sense of humor is odd. I’ve always done a bunch of odd side jobs from putting in window AC units to filming weddings to bartending to concert photography.
What’s a fun fact about you that many people may not know?
I started selling my artwork at shows across the Chicagoland area.
What advice would you give someone who wants to enter your field?
Read everything you can, put your head down and do the work, and listen and observe others that have been doing this for a while.
What are you most proud of regarding Inspire11?
The growth of the company over the last 5 years and the people that make us who we are.