We continue our Akili Employee Spotlight Series and introduce Business Planning Consultant Dyci Sfregola! You might be familiar with Dyci from our recent supply chain webinar. This week we learned more about Akili’s Supply Chain SME.
Tell us more about your role and what you like most about it.
I don’t feel like I fill one “role” per se. I try to add value wherever and whenever I can, which has led to wearing several different hats. I love this because it keeps me on my toes — I’m always learning, and I get exposure to different parts of the company and different people. If I reflect back on what I’ve done since I’ve been at Akili, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the sales and marketing team and create internal educational content based on my functional areas of expertise.
What drew you to Akili? Is Akili what was described to you and what you expected?
The core values listed on the website really spoke to me and as I went through the interview process, I got the impression that leadership truly followed them and expected everyone to do the same. Akili is absolutely what was described to me, and much more than I expected!
What’s your favorite Akili memory?
My favorite memory is from the 2019 Christmas party. Akili is a very family-oriented company and I loved being able to have my 7-month old and my husband at the party.
What makes Akili stand out from the rest?
I really like how down-to-earth everyone is. Leadership is accessible and I feel like my voice actually matters.
What are 3 career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
- Always be learning. Everything is changing so fast so it’s important to stay up-to-date with trainings, new releases and updates for software.
- Find a way to add value. I believe thoroughly in the idea that you get out what you put in. If you give it your all, you are likely to see benefits and have higher career satisfaction.
- Speak up and advocate for yourself.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates?
Be prepared and be honest. We have high expectations and it is certainly true: “We are casual about everything except our work.”
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
In my entire lifetime?! Definitely video chatting technology on mobile devices. Touch screen phones were a big deal, but adding FaceTime, Whatsapp video and Skype video calls, for example, to mobile devices allows us to connect with people all over the world.
How do you like to spend your free time?
For the past few years, I’ve been working full-time and I’ve been in school, so now I spend all of my free-time (which isn’t much) relaxing with my son and my husband. Once I’m done with school, my son will be older and I plan to sleep… a lot!
Motto or personal mantra?
This too shall pass – nothing is permanent. Regardless of how rough things get, it will always end or you can always change your situation.