CLIMBERS take many different paths to elevate to their summit. Going above and beyond for our clients and fellow CLIMBERS is recognized through the annual value awards at CLIMB, A-LIGN’s annual training and team-building event. Shayna Davitt, this year’s “Be All In” award recipient, shares her journey from intern to Managing Consultant at A-LIGN and what it means to “Be All In.”
How long have you been at A-LIGN?
I was attending the University of South Florida and majoring in Accounting, and the internship I was completing at the time confirmed my lack of desire to pursue traditional accounting. While browsing opportunities available for students, I came across an IT audit internship with A-LIGN. I started at A-LIGN in January 2015 and have never looked back. It’s been a fun ride ever since.
Tell me about your journey from intern to Managing Consultant.
When I started my internship, my main responsibilities were implementing the required procedures and documentation for A-LIGN to become an ISO certification body and FedRAMP 3PAO. When that process was complete, I took over project management and scheduling managers or auditors on projects, but we eventually realized that was too much for a part-time intern to oversee.
After connecting with members of our service delivery management team, I transitioned into IT audits and went full-time after receiving my masters as a Staff Auditor. Over time, I’ve climbed to Associate Manager and now my current role as Managing Consultant. I will say the experience I gained as an intern helped me when I moved into the IT audit space – I believe it was critical to my success.
What attracted you to A-LIGN?
When I was hired as an intern, A-LIGN had around 30 CLIMBERS – it certainly wasn’t the professional high-growth organization we are today. For me, it was about, “What’s this new opportunity?” I think it’s a matter of I joined at the right time, and that’s what kept me. While I didn’t know much about the culture beforehand, I lived it in my first few months and that’s why I’m still here today.
What was it like to win the “Be All In” value award at CLIMB?
I have to be honest; it was a surprise! I remember seeing several CLIMBERS on the list of nominees I value and respect, thinking it was going to be this person or that person because they deserve it. When my name was called, I think I blushed pretty hard – I felt very blessed to receive the “Be All In” award. It helps solidify the passion I put into my work and to be recognized for that. I’m very grateful.
If you could describe A-LIGN in one word, what would it be?
There are mountains and valleys in everything we do, but when I look back at my time as a CLIMBER and I think, “Wow, what a ride.” I’m excited for the ride to continue and what’s to come.
What motivates you to come to work each day?
Having the ability to coach and guide my fellow CLIMBERS. What I’m most excited about now is transitioning into a Senior Manager role on our team. As I shift from a more technical role to an interactive one, it inspires me to now be able to transfer and share the skills I’ve acquired as a manager and share that advice and support my team in a way my Senior Manager supported me.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Spending quality time together with my family. It’s rejuvenating to the soul and connecting with my roots is something I care about and value. My family enjoys spending time together, whether that’s someone cooking dinner, going on a family vacation – we always do it together.
What is your motto/personal mantra?
For me, it’s how I can be the best version of myself. Present yourself in your truest form, be honest in everything you do and treat people the way you want to be treated. I believe having this mantra has helped me succeed both professionally and personally, by being who I am.
Why do you think security and compliance are important?
How many businesses are still fully paper-oriented? We don’t hear about that in this day and age, but that doesn’t mean sensitive data or proprietary information isn’t stored elsewhere like the cloud, data centers, computer hard drives and so on. I think what we do for our clients is very important. We help them understand their environment and provide that independent approach to the security of their system and information therein. They can then show security and compliance are a priority by demonstrating trust to their stakeholders and confidently mitigating cybersecurity risks.
What’s the most rewarding part about working for A-LIGN?
I don’t think there’s a single answer. I would say where I am in my career, it’s been rewarding to see how far I’ve come. When I started my journey as an intern, it was my first professional position. I learned a lot about quality, and your finished product is how you measure success. It’s also rewarding to have the ability to progress quickly. There are no politics about promotions or moving up the ladder. If you can demonstrate you have the skills and potential, you’ll have the chance to try it.