Nexcess’ Discipline Advertising and marketing Supervisor on the liberty of concepts in tech, how she defines success, and bringing the weirdness.
Of all of the individuals she’s recognized, Christine Clauder credit her mom as being essentially the most influential in her profession journey. “She wouldn’t let me have any cool tech rising up,” Clauder says, “so as soon as I grew up and moved out, I invested all my time and vitality into studying tech to spite her. Simply kidding, type of.”
Born in Guam and raised in Japan for a bit, Clauder primarily grew up in Houston, Texas, earlier than transferring to Kansas Metropolis for 20 years. “That’s the place I put my roots down,” she says. “So though I moved again to Houston about ten years in the past, I nonetheless contemplate myself a Kansas Citian.”
Clauder says her mom’s depth produced a forceful daughter, as properly—if not in the best way her mom hoped. “My mom is a tiny and scary Japanese girl. She tried to lift me with the Japanese mindset of all the time taking good care of ‘the person of the home.’ Nonetheless, a lot to her chagrin, she by chance raised me to be a powerful unbiased girl who doesn’t give a sh… anyway, my mother is superb, however I’m her polar reverse.”
She’d all the time been fascinated with computer systems, so when her father gifted her a PC—a Gateway—Clauder started devoting all of her time and vitality to studying every part she might about computer systems. “I by no means stopped,” she says.
Clauder started her profession at an automotive dealership in Kansas Metropolis. “At first, I used to be doing chilly calls and gross sales calls whereas making an attempt to persuade the dealership that Fb was the newest and best technique to market to clients—and subsequently getting written up for being on Fb an excessive amount of,” she says. “Twenty years later, I used to be employed because the I.T. and Advertising and marketing Director of a big dealership in Houston managing their laptop techniques, web site, Fb, and Twitter accounts, amongst different issues.”
However she says she has her canine, #HankTheHellion, to thank for her job at Nexcess. “Lengthy story quick, I constructed a web site about Hank, which bought picked up by main information networks, and my earlier host couldn’t deal with the sudden surge in visitors. My buddy, Samantha Mueller, works for Nexcess, so when she heard about my points, she requested Nexcess to avoid wasting my bacon and migrate my site, which they did in lower than 12 minutes. I used to be supplied a job quickly after,” she says. “Personally, I believe Nexcess simply favored all of the F-bombs on the web site.”
Now, Clauder serves because the Discipline Advertising and marketing Supervisor at Nexcess. “My job is ever-evolving based mostly on firm wants, so it’s troublesome to elucidate every part I do,” she says. “I’m the enjoyable voice on the Nexcess Twitter. I’m a glorified occasion planner. I’m a proud member of the Tradition Committee, the place I do not know what I truly do. Really, let’s simply say I deliver The Weirdness™️ to each crew that I’ve the glory of becoming a member of.”
What she loves most a couple of tech profession is the liberty of concepts. “I get encouragement once I provide you with distinctive ideas,” she says, “which is simply so vastly totally different from my expertise with the non-tech corporations I’ve labored for prior to now.”
For Clauder, her proudest profession accomplishments boil right down to boldness and persistence. “All the pieces I’ve realized has been by sheer dedication and curiosity; I’m proud I used to be capable of finding a distinct segment within the tech world simply by being myself.”
Merely being herself is one thing she goals to deliver to her work. “Everyone thinks that I’m ‘the humorous one,’ however that’s simply my means of making an attempt to deliver happiness into any individual’s world,” she says. “I’m not a chef, can’t develop vegetation or greens, and have zero arts & crafts expertise, so I do what I can to deliver just a little little bit of pleasure into individuals’s lives. Generally which means a real praise, typically which means being there to take heed to them, and typically it means joking round to elevate that individual’s spirits. Humor is my love language. Simply ask my husband, who stopped being humorous about ten years in the past.”
Success, for Clauder, appears to be like like her household. “My daughter is a sort, clever, well-rounded grownup and a gifted rollerblader with an enormous following on social media,” she says. “My husband is a catch that I can’t throw again. My dad and mom nonetheless cherish me regardless of all my flaws, and I signed papers to amass my husband’s dad and mom in our inevitable divorce as properly. My household is my success.”
And a superb day in her books appears to be like like staying curled up in mattress with a unending pot of espresso and studying horrible YA novels or binging 90s TV exhibits. “If I didn’t dwell within the steamy, mosquito-laden tropics of Houston, I’d be discovered on the golf course each weekend, although,” she says.
Clauder is happy concerning the management prospects for ladies in tech. “I believe the inequality that almost all girls have skilled, myself included, have made us stronger, extra empathetic, wiser, and extra succesful,” she says. “Our experiences have primed us to change into superb leaders, which I’ve personally witnessed inside Nexcess. I’m proud to be part of such a uniquely inspiring, women-led surroundings.”
She encourages younger girls to look to their passions and contemplate how these would possibly exist throughout the area of tech. “Expertise isn’t simply information science or taking aside computer systems,” she says. “Expertise connects the world and encompasses every part from advertising to coding to customer support and help. Don’t be afraid of the phrase ‘know-how’ simply due to some outdated definition. From emails and textual content messages to social media, writing papers, and studying information on-line, you already embrace know-how in your on a regular basis life. Conceptualize how your hobbies and pursuits can merge with tech.”
Her recommendation for ladies simply beginning within the area is to go for it. “You probably have one iota of curiosity within the tech business, discover your area of interest however don’t simply follow the job description,” she says. “Discover the place your abilities will profit each your self and the corporate. Your organization will discover worth in you if you first worth your self. Additionally, undertake a shelter animal. It in all probability received’t assist, however it positively received’t damage, and your life might be enriched.”
You will discover Clauder in Houston together with her household and Harley Davidson, the place she runs on espresso and crab legs.