Unscripted: Unapologetically Ambitious with Shellye Archambeau
CEO, strategist, and author Shellye Archambeau explains why she does not apologize for her ambitions—nor should you.
We continue our focus on the next wave of engineers by showcasing our own mix of unique and talented personalities. NI is proud of our people and the incredible work they do, so we thought now was a perfect time to introduce you to a few of our best and brightest. We asked them a few serious (and fun) questions—here’s how they answered:
The elevation of voices for humanity.
One of the biggest role models for me in my career has been a good friend of mine, Yolanda Conyers. She is the chief diversity officer and president of the Lenovo Foundation, an engineer, a best-selling author, wife, mother, friend, and she still has time to serve her community. She has inspired me in so many ways to continue reaching for my goals—even when you fail or when roadblocks are placed before you.
I think we have to all find opportunities to laugh. This time is unprecedented, and it’s easy to get lost in the negativity of daily life. I’ve discovered that if you can find one thing that’s totally ridiculous to laugh at each day, it really helps ease that tension.
Oof! Well, if we’re just out here exposing me, I would say maybe playing Magic the Gathering. I can’t help but love it. Wizards, dragons, elves—what's not to love? Before I left [for deployment], I had a lunchtime play group every Tuesday with some other rad colleagues.
Self-care! I’m a stress-er by nature, so I chose to quit stressing about the things I could not control and focus on balancing work and home life. It’s hard but necessary on so many levels. I’m a work in progress!
My secret to happiness is love and humor. I love people. I got that from my parents and made it my own. I love to laugh and make others laugh also.
There’s no better feeling than when the code compiles and runs as expected! Furthermore, I enjoy planning feature developments and sharing knowledge.
It's always better to find a way to show someone an idea rather than tell them.
My dad told me that I needed to take a job in the middle of Nowhere, Texas—one that would require me to work outside in the heat just because it paid better. He said it would help set the pace for my career. Instead, I chose an environment that's better for my mental health, and I'm much happier now for it.
I get to work with a lot of people and help their teams be successful. Sometimes I look at a full rack that I procured all the parts for and feel like a proud mama!
Hmm. I love unique questions about our customers and the sectors we operate in because this typically means a candidate did their research. I also love questions about my personal experience at NI—why I joined, what I like or dislike, where I see my career at NI going, and so on.