By Martae Giometti
A few months ago I saw a colleague at a training session and he commented on my first day at roundCorner. He remembered how shy and tense I was that day and remarked how much he saw that I had changed from that nervous, recent college graduate.
I still vividly remember my first day of work at roundCorner. I spent the night before debating what to wear to make a good first impression, gathering tips from my parents on how to start on the right foot, and exchanging texts with my friends from college exclaiming that we couldn’t believe I was actually starting work the very next day.
Coming out of college, I was attracted to roundCorner because I was looking for a sense of meaning and purpose through my work. I had interviewed with several other organizations but could not see how I was going to help make a social impact in those roles. Service was a very important part of my college experience at Villanova University and influenced my job selection. I wanted to work at an organization that was helping to bring about meaningful change. Another influence on my decision was the two trips out to San Francisco and Silicon Valley that I took with the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University. From those experiences I knew that technology was the space that I wanted to be in.
I met with our CEO, Dan Lammot, during my senior year, and was immediately excited about roundCorner’s mission and about having the opportunity to be a part of it.
At times I have been challenged by my recent transition into the nonprofit space but the environment at roundCorner is very supportive and the team is always willing to aid me in my development as a consultant. I am very fortunate to have so many patient teachers at the organization willing to help me learn and advance. Another part of roundCorner I found compelling was its size. We have a small team and this was attractive to me coming out of college. I thought I would be overwhelmed by working at a large organization and was looking for a sense of community. It is incredible that I started work with our CEO only sitting a few desks away from me.
I have had the pleasure of working with several inspiring nonprofits and I really love being engaged with organizations who are doing so much for the communities that they serve. This July I will be celebrating my two year anniversary with roundCorner. Now is a very exciting time to be a part of the team and I look forward to continuing to grow alongside of the organization.
Martae Giometti joined the team in July of 2013 and is a Villanova grad, graduating with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, she recently made the move to the west coast. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, art, and exploring her new home!