As our incredible Director of Project Management, Margaret Hammel, spends her days facilitating, implementing, and launching new, innovative projects. However, when she steps away from her MacBook Pro, she can be found trying just about every activity under the sun – from running sprint triathlons to skydiving, from climbing the Matterhorn to scuba-diving in the deep sea – Margaret does it all! Read on to discover more on this modern day renaissance woman!
The Tent: Where did you spend your last vacation?
I stepped outside to walk the dog at Crown Mountain Park. When I lived in New Jersey almost all of my vacations were in Colorado. I still have trouble choosing a vacation spot because I don’t want to leave the mountains. I did drive across the country, which is almost like a vacation. After a while, driving across the plains with the endless horizon, the mind simply let’s go.
The Tent: Publications or blogs you read on a daily basis.
The Tent: Items on your Bucket List.
I’ve been there and done that – climbed the Matterhorn, got a pilot’s license, was invited to the Nastar finals for telemark skiing, went skydiving so the list is getting smaller… I can add – be in a play in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The Tent: Books on your nightstand?
- Einstein and the Quantum, by A. Douglas
- Cooked, Michael Pollan
- Line by Line, by Gary Bolstridge & Anne Marguerite Herbst
- The Art Forger, by BA Shapiro
- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jab-Phillip Sendker
- True Believers, by Kurt Andersen
- The Reenactments, by Nick Flynn
- How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu
- Steve Jobs, by Walter Issacson
- The Orientalist, by Tom Reiss
The Tent: Favorite Documentary.
- Dogs Decoded
The Tent: One lesson from childhood you still live by today.
To reach a large goal, set small goals. I spent many summers at a pond swing club with an incremental incentive program. The use of certain club facilities were tied to increasing swim skill levels. For instance, to jump off a dock in the shallow end, you must be able to float on your back; to enter the deep, prove you can swim 25 yds with the correct form. There was a lot of failure and retesting and learning to work towards goals.
The Tent: You would never leave home without…
Shoes. Until I lived where there is no cell service, I would have said – some sort of electronic connectivity – cell phone, laptop, iPad. Now, I appreciate heading into town electronic free. I still need shoes though.
The Tent: What’s for dinner tonight?
What are you cooking?
The Tent: One sport you wish you had time for.
The Tent: Day to day routine at Bluetent.
Drink coffee, read emails, task management, meet with someone about something, more coffee, walk the dog, have some coffee, repeat, repeat, repeat.
The Tent: Favorite aspect of your role
Seeing the website transition from vague requirements into a gorgeous, highly functional site while getting to know fabulous friendly people.
The Tent: How do you use flex time?
Walking the dog.
The Tent: If you could work remotely from anywhere, where would it be?
In my dining room with a smoldering fire on a snowy day. Oh way… I do that!
The Tent: Favorite way to unwind.
Watch and listen to the river.
The Tent: Favorite place in the world.
Home. I live on a river in the mountains in a house with a fireplace. Perfect.
The Tent: Three words coworkers would use to describe you.
Positive attitude, efficient.
Want to learn more about Margaret? Sit down over a cup of joe with our awesome Director of Project Management: firstname.lastname@example.org.