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Careers In Tech: Nike’s Senior Director Of Technology Transformation Is Charting The Path Ahead

Transformers isn’t just the title of a blockbuster franchise. It’s also a spot-on description of the innovative team members at Nike. As we all know, the world of technology is a part of an ever-evolving continuum. Lorry Perkins is one of the transformative team members driving the ongoing change that occurs in technology. And although she’s only been the Senior Director of the Technology Transformation Office for two years, her impact is substantial to those on the Global Technology team. The core of Perkins’ work is giving Nike the tools to think about how it responds to the different waves of tech as well as learning how the company can upscale employees throughout global technology. “I prioritize career growth by ensuring [people] always have resources to connect them back to growth and stretch opportunities,” Perkins explained. As an advocate for career development among BIPOC team members, Perkins leverages Nike’s resources to promote and encourage learning and networking....

Josh Rodgers

Mar 25, 2022

Careers In Tech: Nike Engineer Shares How Innovation Can Break Barriers In Tech

Nike believes that if you have a body, you’re an athlete. This perspective has changed the game for how the company approaches its products and people. Vincent Sanders is aligned with this approach, and he’s committed to using his voice and perspective to help change the world. For him, the mantra “Just Do It” is about more than just getting it done. It’s connected to breaking down barriers and eliminating issues that can hinder success. Although he graduated with an engineering background, Saunders’ journey to Nike was unconventional. His first job was as a systems analyst in the financial services industry. It was during that time that he realized he wanted a role that offered a more hands-on approach to technology. This is where his work with Nike began. Currently, in his fourth year at Nike, Sanders is a Senior Applications Engineer on the price optimization team. In this role , Sanders helps business planners make well-informed price decisions. He’s also responsible for...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 18, 2022

Careers In Tech: Nike’s Olivia McNeil Shares How Innovation Is The Key To The Future

If Biggie Smalls’ opening lyric to “Juicy” — “It was all a dream… ” — was a person and path, it would be Olivia McNeil and her journey with Nike. During her senior year in college, McNeil was approached by a recruiter about an open internship with Nike. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, she was skeptical but decided to take the chance and apply for the role anyway. The risk was well worth it. After applying, she was hired as an intern, which led to completing a summer rotation with Nike. The journey continued when she was offered a full-time role as a mechanical engineer in the Global Sourcing and Manufacturing department. Just after a year in this position, she’s on the Innovation Transition team. “We bring the artistry into it and the technicality into it. We’re [basically] the middleman between those two teams — the engineers and the designers,” McNeil explains. The possibilities are endless as McNeil’s team takes designs from the drawing board and translates them into a...

Josh Rodgers

Mar 15, 2022