Coffee, Couchsurfing and Consulting.

  • What is your role and what do you like the most about it?

I am a Senior Operations Consultant, and in my role, I love that I get to explore a variety of different industries, businesses, locations, managers and teams. Having the ability to learn from so many new sources makes every day at work unique and exciting. The experiences gained at work have helped me enhance my knowledge and have substantially driven my professional growth.

For one project, I had the opportunity to work at a parts supplier for heavy equipment in Northern Canada. My counterparts on the project installed Sales and Operations Planning process for the parts and sales teams. I was able to see how they integrated activities from both sides to achieve a truly collaborative process. I was also able to see firsthand, how having the right players at the table, armed with the right information, can have positive effects that cascade throughout all aspects of a business.

  • What is the most rewarding experience you have had while working at Myrtle Consulting?

The most rewarding experience while working at Myrtle Consulting is having the opportunity to work with such a skilled team of people. I am so thankful to be part of a company with so many intelligent, hardworking individuals and to be immersed in such a concentrated group of talent!

During my last project, we had the challenge of installing several processes within a shipping department. The team and I came up with some creative solutions for a dynamic work environment that had changing priorities and demands from various departments. Within weeks of installing the new processes, the department began to see results. It was very gratifying to see everything come together, and for the client to become a vocal champion of the new methods.

  • What are the challenges have you faced as a woman in consulting?

Having worked almost exclusively in transport or operations before coming to Myrtle, I haven’t felt much of a shift in the dynamic of my work environment. Sometimes, I feel like I am required to “prove” myself somewhat more than my male counterparts when working with a new client, but I try not to let that change my approach and let my work speak for itself.

  • What is your advice for women pursuing a career in consulting?

There’s a growing focus on getting women into consulting roles so, I would say now is the time! What once was an “old boys club” is quickly changing, and there are so many opportunities for women now, in what used to be a very gender imbalanced industry.

My advice would be – be confident in your abilities. In consulting, you may be put in challenging situations where a client may seemingly dismiss your contributions or ideas. Don’t let that sway you, instead stay confident in your knowledge and what you have to offer. You were chosen as a capable member of your team, and your input is valuable!

  • How do you define success?

Success, to me, is feeling good about what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day, no matter how big or small. If I can go home and feel like I have made a positive impact on someone during my day, whether through my work or a good deed, then that day was a success for me.

  • What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Coffee! And, when I’m home, my dogs. There’s no better way to start my day than to sit out in my yard with my dogs and a hot cup of coffee. Professionally, it is the ability to be a problem solver, that gets me out of bed in the morning. I enjoy analyzing a complex situation to frame it in a simple and actionable way for the client or my company.

  • What are your life-highlights thus far?

My travels are high on that list. In the last ten years, I have visited around 30 countries, mostly through solo travel and Couchsurfing (staying with locals). The generosity and kindness of strangers that I experienced while traveling was humbling, with people who have relatively little, sharing their space, time, and meals with me, with nothing to gain other than new friendships. There are so many highlights from these trips, but some of the standouts would be earning my yoga teacher certificate in Rishikesh, India, going on a back-country bike trip with a friend near Vietnam/China border, and living in Istanbul for a year.

Currently, I am renovating my old house and learning so much about construction. The journey through this process is worth highlighting as I feel really empowered when I am able to solve an issue at home by myself, rather than calling in a professional.

Bio: Dana has over 12 years of diverse experience in operations, continuous improvement, supply chain management. She has led improvement projects across a number of industries, including agriculture, aviation, equipment pooling, heavy equipment, and manufacturing. Dana is skilled in managing projects from conception through to control phase, overseeing large-scale business transformation, identifying and maximizing operational efficiencies, streamlining processes, and delivering results. Dana has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and, prior to business school, she studied in the Faculty of Architecture. She had also spent time abroad teaching English and gaining new perspectives on business and life outside of North America.