Speakeasy was the first company to take a chance on me. At the time I had a GED and limited work experience. That company invested in me, and grew and groomed me to the point of management.
I was trained in corporate ethics and Gallup corporate strategy. I was trained and given experience and opportunities that I otherwise would never have had at my education and experience level. I went from having crappy jobs to having a career and a direction.
Since then I have gotten my BA and MBA and I can say that I would have never seen myself as capable of those things had my mentors at Speakeasy not believed in me. This is a professional impact, yes, but also a personal one.
I also learned so much about corporate ethics and positive management that I have brought with me to other jobs. Thanks to Speakeasy I am positioned to work in upper levels of management, I have an MBA now, and I know that if you invest in people, even if they seem unlikely to succeed, that more often than not you get a great payoff.
At current jobs I find myself saying “at Speakeasy we used to…” quite often. What a fine example of loving your job.
I also never loved working at a job so much in my entire life, it was like a job golden age, I worked with people I respected and personally liked very much.
I always seek to bring a little bit of that energy to all my workplaces moving forward.