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Pride in Everything You Do: A Day in the Life with Nick Wood
June is a big month for Okta. It’s when we get the results of Gartner’s annual Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide (spoiler alert: we’re a Leader, again). It also marks Pride month for the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to “pride-i-fying” our social profiles, our employee resource group, Pride@Okta, helps the company come together to celebrate the unique identities here at Okta while also giving back to the LGBTQ+ community at large. Our senior manager of analyst relations, Nick Wood leads the charge on both of these fronts. I had the chance to sit down with him recently to discuss his role and what matters most to him about Okta.
How long have you been at Okta?
I’ve been at Okta for just over two years, which feels like two weeks and two decades simultaneously!
How did you find out about Okta and why did you choose to join the company?
Okta was introduced to me by a colleague who knew I was looking for new opportunities. As I started learning more about the company, I was impressed. Specifically (and selfishly) for my future role, Okta already had a great standing in industry analyst research, which indicated to me a strong product and vision. But even more than that, I was impressed by the people. From my first conversations with the company, everyone I talked to was engaging and so obviously passionate about the work they were doing. And this was also clear on Okta’s customer stories page. It was amazing to see so many organizations willing to go on record to share how Okta was helping them achieve their mission. Not only would these enthusiastic customers make my future job easier, it was another testament to Okta’s strength as a company and dedication to customer success. And the snacks. Can’t forget the snacks. With all this in mind, I knew Okta was the place I wanted to grow my career.
Describe Okta’s culture.
What I love about Okta’s culture is that everyone is game to roll up their sleeves and help out. Because analysts are interested in all parts of Okta’s business, I end up working with so many different teams across the company. I’m always impressed by everyone’s willingness to pitch in without hesitation.
You also lead Pride@Okta. Tell us about it!
Pride@Okta is Okta’s employee resource group for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. We’re dedicated to providing support, resources and networking opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community in support of Okta’s commitment to our people. We specifically focus on education around LGBTQ+ topics and issues both at Okta and in the broader community.
June is Pride month, so in celebration, we welcomed two of our community partners to speak about their missions: Larkin Street Youth Services and The Trevor Project. It was great to have them join our celebration and hear about the important, life-saving work they’re doing with LGBTQ+ youth. Pride@Okta is also a really great excuse to show off your best Pride swag!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I’ve been swimming for as long as I can remember. I started during the summers when I was little and continued through high school and college and to this current day. Swimming gives me the opportunity at the end of the day to truly disconnect. No screens. No headphones. And especially no spreadsheets. Just brain off, body on.