Employee Spotlight: Christa Carey, People Operations Associate
by Christa Carey on August 17, 2020
Our mission at Protenus is to advance the science of healthcare by bringing together creative and skilled individuals who are passionate about the security, usability, and applicability of health data. As this information becomes more voluminous, comprehensive, and, as a consequence, more vulnerable, we are building scalable, insightful solutions that address critical issues preventing the efficient, safe, and effective delivery of patient care.
Our team comprises a diverse group of people who come together to achieve this shared mission. To give a glimpse into our culture and highlight the diversity of our team, we’ve asked Christa Carey, People Operations Associate, to share more about her experience working at Protenus.
What’s your role at Protenus, and what do you do?
I work on the PeopleOps team where I focus on different aspects of the employee experience. I contribute to hiring, onboarding, training, and general people things.
What did you do before coming to Protenus?
I graduated from Towson University in 2019 with a degree in sociology and anthropology. I didn’t come to Protenus with a wealth of professional experience. Before joining Protenus I worked at a non-profit that focuses on housing mobility to address racial and economic inequalities for low-income families in Baltimore.
While in college, I worked at Wegmans Food Markets and got to participate in an amazing three-year internship program. During my internship, I visited various vendors, such as Citterio, and ate amazing food created by those vendors. I also had the opportunity to visit local suppliers for organic produce and learn about the different philosophies of organic farming. I enjoyed getting to know the processes behind the food you see on the shelves at Wegmans. Wegmans sparked my love for food creation, I will always be grateful for my experience there.
What initially attracted you to Protenus?
I first read about Protenus through Baltimore’s Best Places to Work. As a recent graduate, I wanted to work for a company that was recognized for its commitment to culture and people. Protenus seemed like a great place to build the foundation of my career.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I like how creative I get to be in my role, there’s no set rule book I have to follow. I have the freedom to run with my ideas and test out different processes. I like being part of a team that specifically focuses on the employee experience.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned since joining Protenus?
To stay humble—there are so many great resources for me to learn from at Protenus. I feel very lucky to be a part of such an innovative team.
How has working at Protenus affected your career?
Protenus is the foundation of my career. In my professional interests, I have always been geared towards people centered roles. Protenus gives me the opportunity to redirect my community-based interests into a new area of interest, the employee experience.
What has surprised you the most about working at Protenus?
In recent months it’s been how well the company has handled the coronavirus. I’m surprised at how focused leadership has been on recognizing the people behind the product and their needs.The leadership at Protenus is truly employee-focused and transparent, keeping us informed and up-to-date about what is happening.
In 10 words or less, how would you describe the culture at Protenus?
People oriented, welcoming of new ideas and people.
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