K4Connect’s CFO, Ellen Grantham, was just awarded the 2018 C-Suite Award from the Triangle Business Journal. All of us here at K4Connect are so excited about this much deserved achievement, and are proud to have Ellen on the team. From the support she provides to her staff, to the service she gives to our Members and Customers, Ellen represents all that we hold special as a company. Read below to see the section of her interview that appeared in the Triangle Business Journal, and congrats again to Ellen on this amazing achievement!

Ellen Grantham
K4Connect

Title: Chief financial officer

Birthplace: Henderson

Family: Husband, Toby; sons, Donovan, Tyler and Parker

Education: B.S., accounting, Meredith College

Company description: Integrates smart technologies into a single system for older adults and those with disabilities

How is your role important to the overall success of your organization and how have you contributed to the organization’s growth? I believe that creating budgets and KPIs can align teams and individuals with the goals of the company. In my role, it’s important to make sure all of the leaders are aware of the budget and the revenue targets that we’ve set.

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievements in the past year? My greatest professional achievement has been increasing our gender diversity by 10 percentage points in 12 months at K4Connect. I’m responsible for the leadership of our team development (HR) group. It’s important to me to have gender diverse technology teams to better server our members (we call our customers members) by creating products that reflect their needs.

What’s the greatest obstacle or challenge you’ve faced in your career? Making sure my opinions are expressed in a team setting. As an introvert, I am more comfortable listening first and then speaking. In a large group, it’s easy to fade into the background and let my extroverted teammates carry the conversation. But I believe introverts make better leaders, and I politely interrupt my teammates who rarely think before they speak.

What civic organizations are you involved with and how do you serve them? I am a board member for the RTP CFO Forum. I also am a mentor through the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants mentorship program. I’m also very involved with the Meredith College Office of Career Planning’s mock interview program for students.

Who do you consider to be your mentor? I consider Alex Bloom, former CEO of WebAssign, to be my mentor. I would not be the executive I am today without his guidance and advice. Sometimes I pause and think, “WWAD?” (What Would Alex Do?)

What do you do to relax? I refinish old furniture. I like taking something dirty and dingy and bringing new life back to it.