We're excited to welcome Colleen Noonan as Entelo Director of Engineering! Coming from tech roles at Yahoo, CNET, Aspera, and Spongecell, she brings a variety of leadership experience to the Entelo team.
We were able to grab some time with Colleen to learn about her work, how she's solving hiring teams' biggest challenges, and what she does to stay mindful and innovative.
Hey Colleen! Welcome to the team. What's your story?
I am a software engineer who has worked in diverse product areas, ranging from advertising to internationalization. I've worked at companies small and large, and from all this experience, I have learned that finding a perfect match between employee and employer is a complex one. When I started learning more about Entelo, I was really drawn to the mission to address this problem. I was also incredibly impressed by the emphasis on diversity within the product and the company's internal hiring. The people I've met at Entelo have been incredibly warm and welcoming. During my time interviewing with the team, I found everyone to be dedicated, fun and passionate.
What are you most excited about working on at Entelo?
I'm most excited about Entelo's engineering initiatives involving natural language processing and machine learning. I'm especially looking forward to helping build a team of experts to solve existing problems and build data-driven applications.
Do you have a mantra you say to yourself daily to stay motivated and inspired in your role?
Intentional living is about knowing why you do what you do and why you don’t do what you don’t do.
What are some hobbies or side projects you're working on to keep you driven in your career?
I spend a lot of time in nature. It helps clarify my mind and the beauty of Northern California is breathtaking. After a week spent in front of a screen, I find nature helps give balance to my life. For the last three years, I've also spent time volunteering on the Continental Divide Trail in Montana. Contributing to a cause gives a broadened perspective and a sense of community that I really enjoy.
Colleen washing money at the Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine in Kamakura during a recent trip to Japan.
Another way I reenergize is by traveling to other countries whenever I have the chance. Before I started at Entelo, I took some time off to go to Japan, where I immersed myself in learning about the people, food, and culture. I think it's important to make time between jobs to disconnect and unwind before taking on your first day. You think better, feel better, and work smarter. If I could travel anywhere, it'd be to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.