I moved from Boston to Amsterdam and started my own operations consultancy. I'm Whitney Smith, Elpha Community ManagerFeatured
What’s your name and your current role? If you’re a student, what are you studying?I’m Whitney! Founder of operations scaler for tech start-ups, Otimise. Where’s the place of your origin?I was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and relocated to Boston to live and work for several years. Now, I call Amsterdam home!How many years have you been in tech? 7 years total What’s something that you’ve done that you’re proud of?Moving abroad and starting my own consultancy company. What’s your “aha” moment in deciding what do you want to do professionally? When I finally ventured off professionally on my own after being at a crossroads with my career. What’s your definition of success in life or in your career?Being happy.What’s something that you’re working on to improve about yourself? Actually being able to relax and enjoy the moment. It’s hard for me to slow down and just enjoy nothingness (even when I’m on holiday). I’m slowly starting to remind myself that it’s okay to put the work away and take some time to myself for balance. Tell us about someone who has inspired you a great deal. Who was it and how did they inspire you?My younger sister, Hannah. She’s insanely intelligent, kind, honest and loving; overall just one of the best humans I know. She struggled a lot through high school and university due to being dyslexic and had to forge her own path at times to get to where she is now. Last month, she graduated with her CAGS in School Psychology (after receiving her Bachelors and Masters). She’s taught me to never give up even when people tell you otherwise. How do you celebrate your wins?Ten years ago I would have a very different answer but I’m so content celebrating wins by relaxing in my garden at home or relaxing by the water with some wine and cheese. What do you do when you aren't working or studying?You can find me venturing around outside with my dog, Bob and my husband, Victor. What is one piece of advice that you’d share with the Elpha community?I have two! Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help! This incredible community has reminded me of both. --Whitney is a driven and passionate problem solver with a background in operations and risk management. She is passionate about partnering with rapidly growing tech startups around the world and helping them implement scalable operational frameworks. From working with companies in AI and synthetic data to tech education platforms, her diverse clients can be found from Singapore to San Francisco. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, Whitney lived Boston working for a large general contractor in Risk Management, working on projects with MIT, Harvard, Northeastern University and more. When she’s not working you can find her venturing in the dunes or forest with her husband Vic and their Bulgarian rescue dog, Bob.