Nexcess’ Area Advertising Supervisor on the liberty of concepts in tech, how she defines success, and bringing the weirdness.
Of all of the folks she’s identified, 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 power into studying tech to spite her. Simply kidding, form 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 effectively—if not in the way in which her mom hoped. “My mom is a tiny and scary Japanese woman. She tried to lift me with the Japanese mindset of at all times caring for ‘the person of the home.’ Nonetheless, a lot to her chagrin, she by accident raised me to be a powerful impartial lady who doesn’t give a sh… anyway, my mother is superb, however I’m her polar reverse.”
She’d at all times been keen on computer systems, so when her father gifted her a PC—a Gateway—Clauder started devoting all of her time and power 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 approach 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 Director of a giant dealership in Houston managing their pc methods, 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 received 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 save lots of my bacon and migrate my website, 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 Area Advertising Supervisor at Nexcess. “My job is ever-evolving primarily based 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 celebration planner. I’m a proud member of the Tradition Committee, the place I don’t know what I truly do. Truly, let’s simply say I convey The Weirdness™️ to each workforce that I’ve the respect of becoming a member of.”
What she loves most a few tech profession is the liberty of concepts. “I get encouragement after I give you distinctive ideas,” she says, “which is simply so vastly completely different from my expertise with the non-tech firms I’ve labored for previously.”
For Clauder, her proudest profession accomplishments boil all the way down to boldness and persistence. “All the pieces I’ve discovered has been by means of 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 convey to her work. “All people thinks that I’m ‘the humorous one,’ however that’s simply my method of making an attempt to convey happiness into any person’s world,” she says. “I’m not a chef, can’t develop crops or greens, and have zero arts & crafts abilities, so I do what I can to convey somewhat little bit of pleasure into folks’s lives. Typically which means a real praise, generally which means being there to hearken to them, and generally it means joking round to elevate that particular person’s spirits. Humor is my love language. Simply ask my husband, who stopped being humorous about ten years in the past.”
Success, for Clauder, seems to be like her household. “My daughter is a sort, clever, well-rounded grownup and a proficient 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 accumulate my husband’s dad and mom in our inevitable divorce as effectively. My household is my success.”
And day in her books seems to be like staying curled up in mattress with a endless pot of espresso and studying horrible YA novels or binging 90s TV exhibits. “If I didn’t stay within the steamy, mosquito-laden tropics of Houston, I’d be discovered on the golf course each weekend, although,” she says.
Clauder is worked up in regards to the management prospects for girls 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 turn into superb leaders, which I’ve personally witnessed inside Nexcess. I’m proud to be part of such a uniquely inspiring, women-led atmosphere.”
She encourages younger girls to look to their passions and contemplate how these may exist inside the subject of tech. “Expertise isn’t simply knowledge science or taking aside computer systems,” she says. “Expertise connects the world and encompasses every part from advertising and marketing 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 girls simply beginning within the subject is to go for it. “When you have one iota of curiosity within the tech trade, discover your area of interest however don’t simply persist with 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 whenever you first worth your self. Additionally, undertake a shelter animal. It most likely gained’t assist, but it surely positively gained’t harm, and your life shall be enriched.”
You’ll find Clauder in Houston together with her household and Harley Davidson, the place she runs on espresso and crab legs.