Paulie Skaja works as an Agile Coach for Trissential and we are excited to spotlight her in our newest team member profile. Paulie shares how a Star Tribune ad kickstarted her career, how she spends her time outside of work and how “Cliff-isms” continue to inspire her – Meet Paulie Skaja.

What makes you excited to start work each day? 

Coaching is in my DNA. I love helping people shift their mindsets and discover new ways to look at problems. As an agility coach, I get to live my passion every day! What’s better than that?

What’s your biggest motivation in life?

All things related to my family. I’ve got a wonderful husband, 7 great kids, 2 grandkids, and a rescue pup. They are my life!

What is the most important accomplishment of your career? 

Certainly, becoming a project management consultant in 1992.

What do you do when you are not working?

I’m an ICP-ACC trainer in the evenings, hang out with my family, go on adventures with my husband. Except for the training, most of my life is spent going with the flow.

What was your inspiration to enter the technology field? An ad in the Star Tribune. I responded to an HR admin job for an IT consulting firm, identified opportunities for improvement and started leading projects, and then became a PM consultant.

Who is your biggest hero? 

Unquestionably, my dad. He has always been my hero, was my first mentor and continues to inspire “Cliff-isms” in my work.

What’s the best part about being an Agile Coach?

Seeing all the lightbulbs go on when I’m training, coaching and mentoring team members. That is to say, change can feel difficult. When I’m able to help teams connect the dots from where they are to where they want to be and support them in self-discovery, they come up with amazing solutions that provide the underpinning for true transformation. Above all, I love helping people transform their lives.

How would you describe Trissential in five words or less? 

Unlimited opportunities for collaboration.

What would you be doing if you hadn’t gone into technology consulting? 

In short, coaching individuals.