Lindsey Godier has an eye for scouting talented professionals and a passion for bringing people to do work they love. For the first of our Akili Employee Spotlight series, we turned the tables and ‘scouted out’ more about her:
What’s your role at Akili and the most satisfying aspect about it?
I am Akili’s Corporate Recruiter. The most satisfying aspect would be seeing the people I recruit love working here and working well with their team. Recruiting is similar to matchmaking in some ways: there is a list of ideal skills, but then they just have to “fit” on so many other levels. When you see that play out in the office, it makes you want to do it again and again.
How did you become interested in your line of work?
I fell into it and never imagined this is what I would do in my career. I have always enjoyed getting to know people and a few people suggested that I try it out.
What about Akili made you decide to join?
Everyone I spoke to in the interview process was unusually transparent. Typically, you feel like a company is hiding something, or you can only ask certain questions. At the end of my interview with Shiek, he told me that I could call anyone in the company and ask anything I’d like because he wanted me to understand what I was getting myself into, good and bad. I had a realistic expectation day one because of that and knew what I would need to do to be successful.
What’s a memory that stood out to you at Akili?
One year, I was feeling down on my birthday and Shiek came over to my desk and said, “We’re going to lunch”. This was not a scheduled event on his calendar and as you can imagine, the CEO of a company is extremely busy. So, to take this time out meant so much. There have been several other occasions similar to this where I felt valued and not just as an employee, but as an individual.
In your opinion, what makes Akili different?
I am asked this question often when I’m speaking to potential candidates and I always say the culture: it is unlike any other place I’ve worked. It’s not a culture that is forced on anyone, either. It is created by everyone that works here. People not only enjoy the work that they do and are very passionate about it, but they also enjoy having fun together. You are not just a number or another body to fill a role, but a part of the Akili team (or as I say, family). Your ideas matter and your voice is heard (and often made fun of).
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love working out, playing sand volleyball, exploring the city, hanging out with friends, and my sweet dog, Pippa.
What keeps you motivated?
Seeing how hard everyone works here and wanting to contribute to the team’s success. When you work for, and with, people that are passionate about what they do, it makes you want to do your best every day.
Tell us about some of the greatest advice you’ve ever received.
“Do your very best today”. I tell myself this all the time. I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in what the end result will look like, and hard to focus on one day at a time doing the very best of your ability.