At TE, we believe that we are only as strong as our staff which is why we’re dedicated to hiring the best talent in New York City who is dedicated to our mission of helping underserved communities. We’re continuing with our staff profile blog series. A while back we introduced you to our founder and CEO, Bill Tan. This month we sat down and talked with our Director of Operations, Heather Nannery.
Heather has been with TE for a little more than two years. She is a New York native who grew up in the Bronx and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Iona College and a Master's Degree in International Development from The New School.
TE: Describe your work history before coming to TE.
HN: I was a pharmacy technician for many years while attending college. I was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Iona College bi-weekly newspaper called The Ionian for 2 years. After college, I worked as the Communications Manager at a large nonprofit in lower Manhattan, and now I am here!
TE: Tell us about your journey working for TE.
HN: I applied for a position at Transcendent Endeavors when I had completed my Masters Degree in International Relations - I wanted to transition to being more directly involved in work that helps underserved communities. I interviewed with Bill and the former CEO John Griffin. I really liked them and really liked the work that they were doing, so I joined the team. I was initially hired as a Special Assistant to the Founder/CEO. I later became the Operations Manager and was then promoted to the Director of Operations.
TE: What has been your favorite project that you have worked on so far?
HN: We recently went through a process of restructuring the business and building out the team here. I spearheaded this process, and found it very rewarding both professionally and for the company. We've been able to build an amazing team who will help us build great and impactful products.
TE: What do you think makes working here different? What sets TE apart from other companies?
HN: I think there are two things that set us apart: 1. We are a really close and tight knit team. Everyone truly respects each other and likes working with one another. Even as we've expanded, we've been able to keep it real and maintain that great atmosphere. 2. While we want to build products to generate revenue, we really do want to build products that elevate underserved populations. We really want to be innovative in a space that positively influences many people's lives.
TE: How did your education and experience prepare you to take on this leadership role at TE?
HN: A lot of individuals in their 20s and 30s feel like they went to college, got a degree and then never use it in their lives. Regularly, I find myself using things I learned while completing my Master's Degree. The program at Milano was very heavy in teaching you practical skills with how to run an organization and build ethical programs for marginalized communities. Those skills are incredibly transferrable to how to build good procedures and good products. I feel very lucky to have found a niche that works for me.
TE: Is there anything else that you want readers to know about you?
HN: I'm a native New Yorker (shout out to the Bronx!) who loves living in this great city. There are so many opportunities, cultures, and interesting things to do. I am also an avid sports fan - I am a season ticket holder of New York City Football Club, a longtime New York Ranger fan, and a diehard New York Yankee fan. I also actively look for all the new breweries popping up so that I can go visit and taste new beer!