Employees at A-LIGN take many different paths – that’s why we spent time sitting down with Staff Consultant, Ann Mathew, to talk about her role and why she took the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) path at A-LIGN.
Where are you from, and how did you get started with A-LIGN?
I was born in India. When I turned eight, my mom’s job brought us to Houston, Texas – where I spent most of my life. I knew I wanted to go to college in Texas, so I applied to University of Texas in Dallas and received a full academic excellence scholarship.
My journey with A-LIGN started during my senior year at a college job fair. I signed my offer letter three-months later after meeting with A-LIGN’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, John Carradine.
What motivates you daily?
My motivation comes from holding myself accountable and a strong internal locus of control. Having an internal locus of control to me means that I have the power to influence how I react to or intake all events and outcomes in my life.
When I commit to something, I hold myself accountable. I also believe my motivation and happiness comes from within.
What is something that people don’t know about you?
I speak and read Malayalam fluently.
What is something you wish people knew about A-LIGN?
A-LIGN has an excellent company culture. While I was being recruited, I heard a lot about the culture and I wasn’t sure if it was true or not. Many companies I looked at all mentioned a great company culture, but A-LIGN is the real deal. I’ve experienced first-hand that the culture is real here. People actually care about employees having a work-life balance and I think that’s important.
What is your personal mantra?
I’ve had this quote pinned to my desk since college. The quote refers to writing, but I think it’s universally applicable. Whenever I feel unmotivated or stressed, I read it.
“The simple fact is that people who achieve excellence in their fields didn’t just have a dream. They got up at 4 a.m. to practice on parallel bars or had to forgo other desirable activities and paths in order to get in six hours of violin practice a day or stayed off several million absurd writing advice blogs with their overheated little cliques that dispense useless regurgitated maxims and empty praise and decide to actually confront their own thoughts on a page. Or they read Beowulf and Dante carefully and deeply when they didn’t see any point, since all they were interested in was Sylvia Plath, because someone of more experience and wisdom told them to do so. I don’t know whether we’re overly lazy, stupid, or childish these days. But the idea of preparing oneself for excellence has somehow disappeared. So – my advice to dreamers: Don’t just follow your dreams. Earn them. Do what it takes to achieve it. Work for it. Don’t just sit there and dream because if you do, it will never, ever be yours.” ― Harrison Solow
Where do you see yourself making impact in A-LIGN?
I want to make an impact in the HITRUST area of our business. I am the only female on our HITRUST team and I’m excited about learning more and seeing where this focus takes me.
What A-LIGN value do you think best represents you?
Innovate constantly. I started three different organizations in college. I tend to see what’s missing and bring that to the forefront by providing an actionable solution. Even with so much growth happening at A-LIGN, there’s a lot of opportunities for input. Since day one, I’ve always felt that if I see a process or something that can be improved upon, I can voice my opinion and be taken seriously.
What are some goals you want to achieve at A-LIGN?
Whenever I do something, I want to do it the best of my ability. I like learning and what I do, so I’m hoping to get my HITRUST CSF Certification and I’m also interested in attending a HITRUST Academy in Dallas for additional education.
Have questions about Ann Mathew or joining the A-LIGN team? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!