Vibrant Careers - Kelly Strupp

Vibrant Careers: Kelly

Joined Vibrant: 2002 

First role: Part-time Teller

Current role: VP of Learning and Development

For a person who has spent her entire career with a single employer, Kelly Strupp has changed jobs a surprising number of time (we lost count at 11). But she’s looking forward to staying in her current role for a while. “I feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I’m pretty good at a lot of things, but I want to be great. I really want to help people and help this organization. And this role is the culmination of that.” 

How she got where she is today 

“I started as a part-time teller. I don’t have a college education. When I got promoted to head teller, I asked my boss why she chose me, and she said it was because when I was in the end teller window, I didn’t let members walk past if I was free. Instead, I’d tell them, ‘I can help you here!’ I didn’t do it to get recognized, I did it because my job was to serve our members. But that’s how I train people now: If you put yourself out there, you will be noticed. I know, because it happened to me.” 

Great career advice she’s received (from Vibrant CEO Matt McCombs) 

“You’ll have a successful career regardless, but if you step out of your comfort zone and try something new, you’ll grow exponentially, more than if you just stay where you’re comfortable.” 

Great career advice she has for you 

“Know each job has something to teach you. Learn all you can in each role, so it becomes a building block as you grow through the organization. Even if you don't love a particular position. Be open to what you can learn and how you can develop.” 

One thing she’s looking forward to 

“I think there’s a lot we can do to help folks excel and grow at every level of our organization. Sometimes it’s like, hey, you’ve developed really well so far! But what's next? How can we make sure you continue to feel good about the work you’re doing here?” 

Her top CliftonStrengths: Developer 

Does it feel a little like destiny that it’s part of her current title? “People don’t grow up and say, ‘Oh, I want to be a trainer.’ You sort of accidentally fall into it. But I feel like my whole career has just been molded around it, and this is where I should be.”