Who are you and what do you do at Behance?
My name is Alison and I am Behance’s Business & Finance Manager. As Business & Finance Manager, I oversee Behance’s finances, our internal HR and some of our day to day operations. My job changes a lot; some days I spend securing visas, and some days I’m working on new products for the Outfitter, but it’s always interesting!
What are three desktop tools you can’t live without?
1. Action Method Online: AMO helps me stay super organized and is an important part of my daily routine. I like to keep my email inbox pretty empty, so I’ll turn emails to follow up on into Action Steps, to keep me focused on the more pressing tasks at hand.
2. Spotify: Listening to music on my headphones really helps me focus. Also, I’m kind of an obsessive playlist maker.
3. Hipchat: Hipchat helps me stay in touch with what everyone is working on throughout the day. It’s also great for when you’re working on a project with certain members of the team who are scattered around the office by letting you continue the conversation and keep things moving forward without shouting across the office at each other.
What have you worked on recently that you’re extra proud of?
The Action Book Minis! Have you seen them? They’re great. Also, throwing Scott a surprise baby shower that was really kept a surprise, even though we snuck in balloons and his wife!
What do you listen to while working?
Whenever possible, I love listening to ‘This American Life’, but when I really need to focus, I listen to playlists on Spotify or off some of my favorite blogs. My go to record when I’m not sure what to listen to is ‘Tim” by The Replacements. It never gets old.
Name something you’ve learned since joining the Behance team that you weren’t expecting:
How much we all genuinely care about each other. I think one thing that makes the Behance team so great is that we’re able to be so close, and it’s part of why we’re so great at holding each other accountable. We celebrate things together, like birthdays and Behance milestones, and we’re there for each other if anyone needs anything. Which is why at work, you wouldn’t want to disappoint that person. We’re all passionate about Behance and the culture we’ve created, and I’m pretty proud of that.
Where did you grow up?
Florida. And I’m pretty proud of it. Ask me about the time my mom out-swam an alligator.