Keeley Hammond

On Leave

A graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Keeley moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011. She previously served as the territory business manager for Portland-based consultancy LogiStyle. While there, she spent three years helping small, rapidly growing companies develop stronger leadership and strategy. Making a genuine difference in these companies’ stories was incredibly rewarding for her.

She joined the Think Shift consulting team in 2014, and has worked with clients across the United States and Canada, helping them develop stronger internal processes and more engaged workforces.

Keeley is most interested in helping the companies that Think Shift serves make their employees lives easier by removing invisible barriers found in normal processes. Employers can just stand back and get out of the way of their eager teams; this sort of trust enables a natural, easy growth.

When not at work, Keeley enjoys running long distances very slowly and taking apart computers. She is an active contributor to PyLadies PDX in Portland, and other local tech associations.

Q. What got you into this business in the first place?
A. When I was a kid, I liked to collect stories. Books, comics, campfire tales… I loved them all. Now, as an adult, I have the opportunity to help companies, particularly smaller companies, accurately express their individual stories to the world. I’ve had the chance to speak with manufacturing engineers, salt mine workers, CFOs – each of whom has a different but equally compelling story to tell. Waking up every morning and knowing that I get to be a small part of that larger process is very satisfying.

Q. Is there any food that helps you think more creatively?
A. There’s a local dish in Rochester, NY, called a garbage plate. A garbage plate – a mix of ground beef, macaroni salad, home fries and hot sauce, which looks about as appetizing as it sounds. It’s often served with a tiny plastic cup of meat grease, for “added flavour.” I lived in Rochester for four years, and our creative projects were entirely fueled by garbage plates. Those disgusting little waistline killers will always have a special place in my heart.