Employees at A-LIGN take many different paths throughout their journey – that’s why we sat down with Kishani Noori, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at A-LIGN, to talk about how she is driving an inclusive culture and impacting the company’s rapid growth.
Where are you from? How did you start your journey at A-LIGN?
I was born and raised in Botswana (Southern Africa) and came to the U.S. to go to college. I’ve worked in recruiting across different industries and eventually ended up in consulting/professional services. My journey with A-LIGN began in November.
How long have you been at A-LIGN? What has changed during your tenure?
I’ve been with A-LIGN for 4 months now. I would say the speed of our Talent Acquisition (TA) operations have slowed due to time of year, however, we’re taking a “spring cleaning” approach to our operations. Processes are being reviewed and refined, campus recruiting is being upgraded and we’re creating a more robust reporting environment. We’re basically turning “traditional” recruiting on its head! I’m excited about the progress made by the Women’s Network and the opportunities for additional diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Tell me about your role as the VP of Talent Acquisition at A-LIGN.
I was recruited by A-LIGN to help provide a comprehensive structure within the Talent Acquisition team and improve processes, branding and overall strategy. My role is also to help with various programs to help continue to drive a more inclusive company culture.
What attracted you to A-LIGN?
A-LIGN is on the precipice of massive growth, and I found that exciting. I felt that my work would impact growth and make a difference. I also liked the idea of coming to a smaller company where I can put names and faces together and truly get to know who we work with. I invite and encourage employees to reach out to me to say hello, and I look forward to meeting everyone at some point soon.
If you could describe A-LIGN in one word, what would it be?
The firm is at a precipice and it’s time to fly or fall – we either jump or step back. A-LIGN is ready to make that jump, and that’s incredibly bold.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned at A-LIGN?
When you encounter a roadblock, be relentless and keep pushing.
If I have an idea or strategy that doesn’t initially go as planned, I take a step back to reevaluate my game-plan, chat with a mentor and talk to stakeholders to get an idea of potential blind-spots. Then I recraft the plan and head back towards that roadblock.
What is your favorite part about working at A-LIGN?
I love my team and the colleagues I get to partner with. Our employees work very hard, and I see a commitment to A-LIGN’s value of “Be all in” from the entire organization.
What surprised you most about working at A-LIGN?
I was really surprised by how ready the company is for change and progress. It’s always a good thing when your company is nimble and light on its feet.
What do you do for fun outside of A-LIGN?
I love spending time with my family. We enjoy traveling and exploring new places and cultures. I have to say, though, that my favorite thing these days is to just relax with a good book (whenever I can find a quiet moment).
What is your motto/personal mantra?
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Always bring your best to every encounter.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I was the drummer in a band in high school!
What’s the best advice you could give someone trying to enter the industry?
Sell your abilities, not just your experience.
What’s the most rewarding part about working for A-LIGN?
The most rewarding part about working for A-LIGN is the opportunity to make an impact that matters.
How do you see A-LIGN supporting Women in the tech/cyber industry? What are we doing well, and what could we do differently?
Our female colleagues comprise close to 50% of our workforce here at A-LIGN. This is an impressive statistic and certainly one that we should be proud of. As we go forward with our diversity and inclusion initiatives at the firm, I’d like to see everyone participating in those activities and efforts. Progress isn’t just a team effort, it’s a “whole team” effort!