On a hot and humid morning four weeks ago, the WeSpire team traversed Boston’s financial district and arrived at a sleek granite building. In a cushy, much more “corporate” conference room, the whole team fit around a large table. The purpose of this meeting was to review our performance so far in 2014 and share rest-of-year plans. The intention was to increase transparency on company strategies and results while also encouraging team-building, cross-department knowledge sharing, and ideation. For a new intern such as myself, I wasn’t sure what it would mean, but I was excited.
We talked about WeSpire’s accomplishments, the challenges facing the company, and plans to overcome these obstacles. As team members contributed their various data, insights, and opinions, the company’s mission and values became very clear to me. The company mosaic was being revealed, and what’s more, I could see that my role this summer was an important piece. With this knowledge, all I needed was a helmet and some shoulder pads and I was ready to run through a brick wall for WeSpire.