July 17, 2019
Employee Spotlight: Michelle Ferley – Alliance Manager
Welcome to another edition of our Employee Spotlight Blog. Today we’re thrilled to shine a light on Michelle Ferley. As an Alliance Manager, Michelle works to ensure we maintain positive and sustainable relationships with third-party software companies, especially NetSuite. We spent time with Michelle to learn more about how she works cross functionally with our NetSuite, Business Development, and Marketing teams to make this happen. Check out the best career advice Michelle’s received and what’s she’s looking forward to on her bucket list.
Getting to Know Michelle Ferley
Name: Michelle Ferley
Title: Alliance Manager
Department/Practice Area: NetSuite & Business Development
Time at Bridgepoint (years or months): 1.5 Years
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas-Austin
What is your role at Bridgepoint?
As the Alliance Manager, I focus on establishing new relationships and maintaining existing partnerships with third-party software companies. My main focus is on our Alliance Partnership with NetSuite, in which we implement and integrate NetSuite ERP for all types of companies. I work closely with NetSuite’s sales and marketing teams to support them through the sales cycle. I spend a lot of time educating folks on the variety of services that Bridgepoint offers, and finding great projects for our team to work on. We also host joint events, visit different sales hubs, and collaborate on business development strategies.
How did you decide upon a career in consulting? What attracted you to Bridgepoint?
Honestly, I was not very familiar with the consulting world before joining Bridgepoint. My job is unique in that I am not a consultant, rather I am more on the sales/marketing/business development side. I love working at Bridgepoint because I am surrounded by extremely intelligent, driven and kind people. I really thrive off of a positive and friendly work environment, and we certainly have that here.
What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
I love that I’m exposed to so many different types of companies across a variety of industries. As a management-consulting firm, we are able to work with businesses in the area and across the country that I really respect and enjoy learning about.
What is the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of my job is what I refer to as “herding the cats”. Our team is always very busy with clients across the country, so trying to get several traveling consultants in one room for a meeting can prove to be very challenging.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Something that Vince (Trevino) constantly reminds me to do is to “get out of my comfort zone”. It’s something I try to do weekly in both my personal and professional life. Every time I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I’ve grown and learned something new.
What gets you excited about going to work each day?
Each day is so different and it’s always exciting to find new projects for our NetSuite team. I also look forward to seeing my colleagues. Our NetSuite team sits together in an open area, so by the afternoon we usually need a mental break. That often means debates about the best restaurants in Austin or how to make the perfect PB &J sandwich.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
During the summer, I spend a lot of time out on the lake water-skiing with my friends. I also love running on the trail around Town Lake and going to see live music. Austin has such a great music scene!
What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list?
The next (most realistic) thing on my bucket list is to hike the W trek in Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Chile. It’s five days of very unpredictable weather and beautiful views.
What is one fun fact that would surprise people?
I actually majored in Geology at the University of Texas-Austin. I’ve always been passionate about the outdoors. Being from Houston, I figured I would find my way into the Oil & Gas industry. After graduation, I was dead set on staying in Austin so naturally fell into the Tech world. You never know where life is going to take you!
If you could provide a few words of advice and encouragement to someone looking to go into the field of consulting, what would you say?
I would encourage them to reach out to someone in their network who works in consulting, and sit down with them to really understand the role. People are almost always willing to help!
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