Employee Spotlight: Rylee Cross

Employee Spotlight: Rylee Cross

Title: Sr. Account Executive, Mid-Market

How long have you been at LogicMonitor?

I joined LogicMonitor in August 2020, so just shy of a year and a half.

You recently returned from maternity leave. What was your experience like?

Surprisingly refreshing. I knew I was coming back to a great manager and a supportive team, but I was initially really anxious about returning to work. I was worried it would be overwhelming, or that I somehow wouldn’t have the same drive that’s so needed in a sales role. 

But I was able to make the transition back into work life relatively seamlessly. When there were moments where I felt tasks were piling on, my manager was a great support in easing the stress and allowing me to prioritize where my time was best spent.

What advice do you have for other working mothers?

There’s no doubt that being a working mother (or father) of an infant requires some serious multi-tasking, planning, etc. but I do my very best to focus on being present. When it is time for work, then focus on work. But when it is time to be with your child, be entirely present for them. Time goes by so quickly with your little ones, and I know I don’t want to miss any big milestones because I’m checking Slack or scrolling through email.

A more tactical piece of advice… blocking off time on your calendar well in advance. For instance, I created recurring blocks for 30 minutes in the morning, 60 minutes during lunch, and 30 minutes in the late afternoon when I first returned. This ensured the personal time I needed as a new mom was not interfered with.

What is the most rewarding part of your role?
Turning prospects into partners. I genuinely get excited when I’ve had a great first discovery call with a new organization and I try to carry that enthusiasm throughout the entire engagement. If all goes to plan (even if it includes some bumps in the road), I’ve built a partnership between LogicMonitor and the new customer – which continues to be so satisfying for me.

What is the most challenging part of your role?

Sales is stressful, which shouldn’t be news to anyone. Coping with the rollercoaster of events that can take place on any given day has always been challenging – but certainly worth it.

One thing that my husband and I were very cognizant of was making sure I didn’t let that stress carry over into family time after work. So far so good, although the EOY madness is upon us 🙂

If you could learn one new skill, what would it be?

…I hate to admit it, but I am a TERRIBLE cook.

What do you like to do in your free time?

The parks and museums in Raleigh are fantastic, and while I didn’t frequent them much before, I’m certainly getting my fair share now with my son. My husband and I also like attending concerts (just saw Rebelution a few weeks ago), as well as sporting events (NCSU game this weekend), and trying out new restaurants. I recently got back into spinning which has been a great release too!

What book would you recommend that you have read recently?

10% Happier by Dan Harris. It goes into detail about his journey into meditation, which I don’t currently practice but I am very curious about it! My biggest takeaway was learning to respond vs react, which is a helpful practice in both personal and professional life.

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