CLIMBERS Virtually Connect in Annual CLIMB Team Building Event

300+ A-LIGN CLIMBERS connected virtually for our annual summer training event, CLIMB 2020: ELEVATE. This event connects CLIMBERS from across the globe and ignites the momentum needed to help us elevate to the summit of our full potential.

With plans to host CLIMB in Chicago, A-LIGN had to adapt to the unforeseen circumstances brought by the pandemic and innovate to create a virtual experience.  The CLIMB team worked relentlessly to connect CLIMBERS and bring excitement to the comfort and safety of everyone’s homes, making our first virtual CLIMB a successful and engaging companywide event.

CLIMBING Together

CLIMBERS prepared for their ascent to the summit by connecting through various engagement activities.

A-LIGN’s Virtual Fitness Challenge: The Trek to CLIMB 2020 had 75 CLIMBERS and 15 teams compete for first, second and third place prizes. During the eight-week competition, CLIMBERS logged 3,445 miles of walking, 460 hours at the gym, 346 hours of running and much more! The competition was ruthless with bi-weekly leaderboard updates, and CLIMBERS enjoyed it so much they are already training to beat the defending champions: Andrew Houshian, Dustin Rich, John Bowman and Gene Geiger.

CLIMBERS also used Yammer, A-LIGN’s internal social networking site, to stay connected and engage with each other. Using #CLIMBTogether, they connected virtually to share pictures of their favorite travel destinations, pets and A-LIGN throwback pictures. The executive team also shared a series of videos, uncovering a behind-the-scenes look into their unique hobbies, talents and interests. A spirit week wrapped up the countdown to CLIMB with themed days, including a Team Pride Day, a Hometown Throwdown, Crazy Hair/Hat Day, A-LIGN Swag Day and more!

Building a Forward-Facing Future: Training and Teambuilding

The two-day training event featured ways CLIMBERS can enhance their skills and ability to better help serve the needs of our clients to help them elevate to their summit. Topics covered general business updates, a teambuilding trivia activity and an in-depth look at how A-SCEND is transforming the audit process for our clients and elevating A-LIGN as a strategic privacy and compliance partner in the industry.

This year’s keynote speaker, Tony DiBenedetto, concluded the general session by sharing his personal story and experience about leading through adversity. Founder of Think Big for Kids, former CEO of Tribridge, and A-LIGN Board Member, Tony provided insight on how to be mindful and purposeful during times of change, lead with a steady hand and look for ways to collaborate together.

A-LIGN’s Annual CLIMB Value Awards

A-LIGN’s core values are an integral part of the framework that makes our guiding principles of passion, perseverance and grit so unique. They define every aspect of each path we take to do business, collaborate with colleagues and carry ourselves in our personal lives.

Over 130 nominations were submitted for CLIMBERS across each division and around the globe – showing the widespread commitment to A-LIGN’s core values.

Congratulations to A-LIGN’s 2020 Award Winners! 

Value: Be All In: No matter what. Always. Unconditionally. We commit fully and engage fully so that together, we can move mountains. Build by grit, passion and perseverance – we give 100%. We can achieve more and climb higher together when everyone commits.

Congratulations to Shayna Davitt, Managing Consultant, the 2020 “Be All In” award recipient!


Value: Commit to Quality: Level of service is part of our identity. Each member of our team commits to the highest standards.

Congratulations to Martin Andreev, Senior Penetration Tester, the 2020 “Commit to Quality” award recipient!


Value: Do the Right Thing, Always: Integrity is everything. Fueled by accountability, we take an honest and transparent approach to every mountain we encounter.

Congratulations to Angie Brown, Leadership Coach and Learning Facilitator, the 2020 “Do The Right Thing, Always” award recipient.


Value: Innovate Constantly: Why call it quits at base camp? We challenge every team member to be a pioneer and keep climbing. We encourage ideas and value teamwork during every step of the journey.

Congratulations to Steven Ferretti, Principal Software Architect, the 2020 “Innovate Constantly” award recipient!


Todd Skinner Award: Todd Skinner was an accomplished alpinist known for his dangerous ascents and his optimistic books that encourage everyone to tackle the mountains in their own lives. At A-LIGN we implement Todd’s wisdom in everything we do from reaching to meet our annual sales goal to launching new innovative technology.

A-LIGN’s 2020 Todd Skinner Award recipient embodies and lives all four of our Core Values. She is known for going the extra mile to help her team and clients. Through her attention to detail, coaching and optimism, she’s become a great mentor and leader for CLIMBERS in the SOC practice at A-LIGN.

Congratulations to Stephanie Rankin, SOC Practice Lead, the 2020 “Todd Skinner Award” recipient.

 

For more information about A-LIGN or our CLIMB training and team building event, please email us at info@a-lign.com.

Featured CLIMBER:
Patrick Sullivan

CLIMBERS at A-LIGN come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. But they’re unified in their commitment to quality, teamwork and innovation. This year’s winner of the Todd Skinner Award, Patrick Sullivan, is no exception. Continue reading “Featured CLIMBER:
Patrick Sullivan”

Featured CLIMBER:
Alexis Scarborough

CLIMBERS at A-LIGN take many different paths throughout their journey. Committing to the highest standards in your work and our organization is celebrated through our annual value awards at CLIMB, A-LIGN’s annual teambuilding and training event. This year, Alexis Scarborough is the winner of the “Commit to Quality” award. Continue reading “Featured CLIMBER:
Alexis Scarborough”

Featured CLIMBER:
Stephanie Cox

CLIMBERS at A-LIGN take many different paths throughout their journey. Being innovative in the organization and industry is celebrated through our annual value awards at CLIMB, A-LIGN’s annual teambuilding and training event. This year, Stephanie Cox is the winner of the “Innovate Constantly” award. Continue reading “Featured CLIMBER:
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A-LIGN Celebrates 10 Years of Success at CLIMB 2019: MOMENTUM

A-LIGN recently held its annual summer training, CLIMB 2019: MOMENTUM in Denver, Colorado at the new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.

This year was the largest CLIMB to date with 265 A-LIGN CLIMBERS from across the globe. They joined their families at the annual teambuilding and training event which celebrated A-LIGN’s 10th anniversary, an inaugural “Trekking for 10 Years” 5K challenge and companywide momentum.

A-LIGN team

THE CLIMB TO THE TOP: GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THE COMMUNITY

Over 150 A-LIGN CLIMBERS and their families participated in A-LIGN’s inaugural 5K charity challenge that benefited two local charities: Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain and MaxFund Animal Adoption Center. Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain prepares young people to thrive in the 21st-century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. MaxFund Animal Adoption Center is Denver’s true no-kill animal shelter and adoption center that gives animals, including the injured, abandoned and abused, a second chance at life.

CLIMBERS and their families braved the rain and chilly weather to complete a 5K challenge. Each CLIMBER and family member that participated got to choose between the two local charities A-LIGN donated to for all the proceeds of the 5K. A-LIGN donated a total of $4,000, a $2,000 donation to each local charity. Blaise Wabo, Senior Manager at A-LIGN finished the 5K in 21:26, a time that CLIMBERS are already training to beat at next year’s event.

CLIMB 2019 5K Challenge

SCALING THE SUMMIT: TRAINING OUR TEAM TO BETTER ASSIST OUR CLIENTS

In addition to CLIMB’s charity component, the A-LIGN team spent time in training to enhance their skills and ability to better service A-LIGN’s clients. Topics covered leadership training, general business updates, annual performance awards, teambuilding activities, technology updates around A-SCEND and an in-depth look at the breadth of service offerings that help clients demonstrate trust and respect to their stakeholders.

CLIMB 2019 Teambuilding

A-LIGN’s ANNUAL CORE VALUE AWARDS: CLIMBING TOWARDS SUCCESS

A-LIGN’s Core Values are the essential and enduring tenants of the organization and so many of our CLIMBERS embody these values every day – in the workplace with colleagues, onsite with clients and even in their personal lives.

Over 95 nominations were submitted from employees across each department and around the globe – showing how widespread A-LIGN teams’ commitment to the core values.


Congratulations to A-LIGN’s 2019 award recipients!

Value: BE ALL IN: No matter what. Always. Unconditionally. We commit fully and engage fully so that together, we can move mountains.

Congratulations to Sean Delaney, Junior SalesForce Administrator, the 2019 “Be All In” award recipient.

Sean Delaney Be All In Award Winner


Value: COMMIT TO QUALITY: Level of service is part of our identity. Each member of our team commits to the highest standards.

Congratulations to Alexis Scarborough, Manager of Reporting & QA, the 2019 “Commit to Quality” award recipient.

Alexis Scarborough Commit to Quality Award Winner


Value: DO THE RIGHT THING, ALWAYS: Integrity is everything. Fueled by accountability, we take an honest and transparent approach to our work.

Congratulations to Emily Schuckman, Managing Consultant, the 2019 “Do The Right Thing, Always” award recipient.

Emily Schuckman Do The Right Thing Always Award Winner


Value: INNOVATE CONSTANTLY: Why call it quits at base camp? We challenge every team member to be a pioneer and keep climbing.

Congratulations to Stephanie Cox, Vice President & Controller, the 2019 “Innovate Constantly” award recipient.

Stephanie Cox Innovate Constantly Award Winner


The fifth and final award is the newest CLIMB award – the Todd Skinner Award.

Todd Skinner was an accomplished alpinist known for his dangerous ascents and his optimistic books that encourage everyone to tackle the mountains in their own lives. At A-LIGN we implement Todd’s wisdom in everything we do from to reaching to meet our annual sales goal to launching new innovative technology.

A-LIGN’s 2019 Todd Skinner Award recipient is known for his unrelenting optimism and charge for ensuring honesty and integrity are at the forefront of every discussion with both our clients and employees. ​He continues to challenge other managers he works with to set aggressive goals to invest in our employee’s growth and become advocates for their success at A-LIGN​. This award recipient is someone who embodies and lives all four of our Core Values.

Congratulations to Patrick Sullivan, Managing Consultant, the 2019 “Todd Skinner Award” recipient.

Patrick Sullivan Todd Skinner Award Winner


For more information regarding A-LIGN, CLIMB, or our commitment to the community, please email us at info@a-lign.com.