Katie Haakenson joined Point B's Seattle market as an Associate in January 2015 and was promoted to Senior Associate within her first year. She appreciates being able to grow and progress her career, while still enjoying a great work-life balance!
Why did you join Point B?
I came into consulting to get exposure to various industries and companies and to be able to provide solutions for clients' most challenging programs and projects. I joined Point B because of their reputation for excellence in complex program management and their broad client portfolio across industries.
How would you describe the culture at Point B?
The culture at Point B is about real people doing great work and having fun along the way. From day one I’ve felt that my colleagues and leadership have my back and the emphasis is about truly doing the right thing for both the client and the associate. In doing so, you can really feel the associate satisfaction throughout the firm.
Besides your client service delivery role, how else do you stay involved at Point B?
I continue to find new and exciting ways to stay involved with the firm, from the Gateways Mentorship Program focused on PMOs, to volunteering at New Horizons, to completing the longest bike ride of my life (to date) for Bike MS.
How does Point B help you achieve your career goals?
Point B has given me exposure to new types of industries and companies that I am finding very rewarding. Also, the structure at Point B provides support but really lets me select and drive the career path I want. Point B puts a lot of emphasis on finding the right fit between associates and engagements which results in more successful experiences for both clients and associates. I feel that I am really heard in my desires to expand my experience in certain industries and types of projects.
What is your favorite thing about Point B?
My favorite thing about Point B is the opportunity to help clients with their biggest challenges, all the while working alongside excellent team members. I feel that I am being challenged, growing as a professional and progressing my career path. I am also able to live and enjoy my life, which is a great spot to be in.
What are you able to do in your downtime with the work/life balance at Point B?
Point B really follows through on striving for work/life balance; I’ve been able to continue my passion for traveling abroad, as well as explore our beautiful backyard right here in the Northwest with hiking, kayaking, and biking. I will also be getting to spend four months off this coming summer with my baby on the way, which I am very much looking forward to.
What makes Point B award-winning to you?
Point B is award-winning to me because of the unwavering focus on staying true to our values as a firm. As we continue to grow, it’s in a very strategic way, ensuring we are doing the right thing for our clients and associates. I believe that’s what keeps our clients coming back year after year, and keeps our associates engaged for the long run.