Career Choices

I did not select it, it found me. I received my B.S. in Technical Project Management and worked as an accounting manager while completing my MBA. During that time, the company I worked for was acquired by an offshore BPO, and I had the opportunity to leverage my project management skills through the decoupling of my former employer. I obtained my Six Sigma Black Belt certification through the process, which allowed me to land a role with a new employer as a business process manager, responsible for building a team to focus on technology and processes. The BPM role served as a launchpad into my career within technology.

Professional Interests & Drive

I enjoy being a problem solver, and I’m pretty good at it. I am passionate about helping others. That may be driving change through my direct and indirect organization or assisting a team member to achieve their career objectives. Breaking down complex challenges and implementing technology to resolve is what I enjoy most about my job.

Mentors & Influencers

I am fortunate to have had several mentors throughout my career, and all were perfectly timed throughout my growth. Each mentor provided support and guidance on overcoming current challenges while planning for my future and implementing small steps to allow me to take on more.

Mentorship Value

Mentorship is essential throughout everyone’s career growth. While I did not have a female mentor within the technology field, I did have female mentors who were very successful in male-dominated fields. Having them in my corner to support my growth and bounce ideas off was career changing. Understanding their paths and watching how they approached situations was truly inspiring, and I hope I can continue to pay it forward.

Admired Leaders & Trailblazers

I admire all successful women because I know they all carry their own inspirational stories of success.

Advancing Gender Parity

We need to continue developing support programs to encourage women to seek opportunities within the technology industry. Provide education on career paths within the technology field to create transparency around opportunities, and drive the message that not all positions require a technology background or programming experience.

Leading the Next Generation

Go for it! You’ll often find that the only person holding you back is yourself. Choose what you want to do and create a plan to get there. Build a strong support system to get you there and know that it’s perfectly fine to change your plan along the way. I’m 20 years into my career, and I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.

About Randi Potter

Randi is the Senior Vice President of Technology and Business Systems for Busey Bank, a $12.8B financial institution headquartered in Champaign, IL. She leads a team of over 50 associates focused on driving innovation, optimization, and digitalization of Busey’s systems and infrastructure.

Achievements & Recognition

  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Certified Project Manager
  • MBA

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