Four Little Signs

For this sixth post in our corporate values series, Director of Demand Gen Nina Butler shares how a 6"x8" frame was the deciding factor in joining Team Alyce
Nina at Alyce and her core values

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a relationship motivated person. I derive my energy, passion, highs, lows, and purpose from those around me. It’s hard to say if I were like this prior to spending 10 years in the hospitality and event services industries (I think that had something significant to do with it), but either way, I now have a “people first” view of the world and it’s here to stay.

Now that you know a bit about me and what makes me tick, it only makes sense I found myself at a company like Alyce that is redefining how businesses think “people first.” However, there is a pivotal moment that stands out in my memory as the point in which I knew I was on the cusp of joining a like-minded tribe.

It was a particularly chilly November afternoon when I rode the elevator at 211 Congress Street up to the 7th floor for my first interview with the Alyce team. Waiting anxiously in the entryway (the multiple layers I was wearing didn’t help my situation, either), I made myself comfortable in an oversized arm chair and did my best to distract my nerves, and potential heat stroke, by taking in my surroundings. In front of me was a large, white bookcase filled with all the odds and ends needed to wrap the most perfectly elegant gift – beautiful cedar boxes, note cards printed from recycled paper, jet black crinkle paper. As the daughter of a woman who has a wrapping cart brimming with gold raffia and craft paper, normally a set up like this would be a text-worthy conversation piece. And admittedly, while the Papyrus-inspired shelves caught my eye, it was the 4 little signs that sat above it all that drew me in.

Alyce’s four core values printed neatly and framed perfectly:

GIVE FIRST, GIVE CONSISTENTLY

BE CRAFTY

SEIZE THE PRESENT

UNWRAP THE POSSIBILITY

Four little frames

“You will succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” It was my personal ethos put into 11 simple words and was just the moment I needed to tip my decision scales.

“You will succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” It was my personal ethos put into 11 simple words and was just the moment I needed to tip my decision scales.

Of course the people, the work itself and the idea of getting to build something from the ground up with the potential for massive industry impact weighed heavily into my decision to take a risk and jump companies; but it was those 11 words that gave me the confidence to close my eyes and leap without knowing exactly where I was going to land.

To work day in and day out with a team that values and celebrates altruism is the greatest gift of all, and there’s no way in hell I’m trading that for an Amazon gift card.

June 10, 2019
Nina B.

A born-again Bostonian and Martha’s Vineyard native (yes, people do actually live there year-round), I attribute my passion for making personal connections in my personal and professional life to my neighborly Island roots. I joined Team Alyce in January 2019 to be a part of a bigger story and have a little fun while doing it :) . While not riding the startup roller coaster, I love spending time traveling with my unbearably cute niece and nephew, attending New England sports championship parades and taking in the sun and sea at my favorite local beaches.