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10 Minutes With: Senior Associate Sydney Mead

Meet Sydney, a valued senior associate on our team who recently returned to RedCloud after completing her internship in 2021. With a degree from Seattle University and previous RedCloud experience, she’s already off to a great start, her consulting expertise already at a high level. As an avid fan of vinyl records, Sydney enjoys spending her free time listening to music.


Briefly describe your role and how long you've been at RedCloud

I am a privacy consultant working with Microsoft's IDEAs team to ensure that data transfers between Microsoft Teams follow their data handling standards and national and global laws. I have been working with the privacy team for just over four months. However, I interned at RedCloud for a year, from 2020-2021. So happy to be back!

What was it like to join RedCloud (onboarding process)?

Rejoining RedCloud was a very exciting time for me. My communication with Scott Ekman, John Schmid, and Emily Barber during the onboarding process was prompt. It showed they truly cared about me not only as an employee but recent college undergraduate as well. When I went to the office to pick up my supplies, I was warmly welcomed by Brett Alston, Brett Clifton, and other account managers I worked with during my internship. I cannot thank RedCloud enough for the welcome back!

Given your background and other experiences, what stands out to you with RedCloud?

RedCloud's dedication to their employees' success and happiness, not only with projects but interpersonal growth, is something I deeply admire and appreciate. A fundamental value of RedCloud is giving back to the community in any capacity, which is rare. I was lucky enough to work with the team on service projects during my internship, and that experience made me extremely proud to be working at RedCloud. 

What originally drew you to RedCloud?

Regardless of the department, the entire team is always available to support employees with any task. RedCloud wants its employees to thrive in their respective industries and navigate the world post the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of their mentorship program has allowed me to work with people from different parts of the business and develop skills that help make me a better employee, well-rounded consultant, and human being. 

Where do you see the future of consulting or the future of RedCloud?

RedCloud's expansion of the Business Intelligence and Solutions team, led by Benny Swedberg, put the company in a position to help clients with projects other firms may not have the resources to help with. The team continuously provides industry knowledge and updates through Lunch and Learns, which allows our consultants to provide clients with unique and valuable tools.

Name one piece of technology you couldn’t live without and why?

I would find it nearly impossible to give up my record player (and vinyl collection). I have not gone a day without listening to music in years! Music is deeply important to me as it connects people worldwide regardless of location, language, and life experience. Music can help teach compassion and understanding and convey feelings otherwise challenging to describe. I have not gone a day without listening to music in years!

What are you looking forward to the most this year with RedCloud?

I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the privacy industry as I begin my new role. Privacy is a space that is constantly changing due to new laws and regulations but also developing technologies and outside threats to it. The world is now running on data, and protecting that data for users worldwide is of the utmost importance.

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