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10 Questions with Siena Montero

Siena Montero is a Career Services Strategist with a bachelor’s in Neuroscience, a minor in Chinese Studies, and an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Her expertise lies strongly in operations management, recruitment, and career education.

Out of the office, you'll most likely catch her cooking in the kitchen or catching up on the most recent of pop culture entertainment. She also enjoys recording music and voiceover audio in her spare time.

The common thread behind Siena's vast experience stems from her ability to identify solutions and execute on them. Having founded 3 organizations designed to develop strong leaders, prompted her to work alongside top-tier admissions teams and recruiters to create leadership programs that strengthened the applicant experience for post-secondary education and job seekers. This also provided her with a steady foundation for curating systems of support across early-stage startups and further unlocked opportunities to help scale businesses.

With a proven track record of working with high-profile companies like Amazon, Google, Verizon, and J&J, Siena is able to provide tremendous insight behind what drives success. She is an energetic individual eager to incorporate a passionate attitude towards continuous improvement with an empowerment focused concierge-style coaching service to truly enable others to grow.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
"When you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou

Why I was attracted to Ingomu's mission to #bemore, is because of the quote above. This is the best advice I have ever received because it has encouraged me to do two things:

One, strive to always continue learning. And two, be the leader that I wish I had while studying.

I believe the best way to find oneself is to begin making authentic decisions. Moreover, being able to reflect on such decisions and humbly accept the outcomes is best done by providing guidance to others, especially where you wish someone had been there for you through such experiences. Push yourself to always give your best. Do not let uncertainty keep you from making mistakes. From doing you will grow. In growing, you will learn how to do better. When choosing to do better, you begin to plant new seeds for others to grow into something even better from which you can continue to learn and be better.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
Aside from the personal answer of my hard-working, generous, and gifted grandparents, I must say that Nick Vujicic was likely my first role-model and source of inspiration outside of my family. He is a motivational speaker that was born with a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs. I had met him at one of his events when I was about 10 years old and have been inspired ever since. That day I saw that if a man without any limbs could play sports, drive a car, and wake up each and every day with a passion and a purpose then absolutely anyone could too. Compassion and dedication -heart and soul- truly go a long way to overcoming life's obstacles, and I am a firm believer that you can achieve anything you want when you truly put your mind to it.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
Don't look at things as an end, remind yourself it is just the beginning. Be confused, it's where you begin to learn new things. Be broken, it's where you begin to heal. Be frustrated, it's where you begin to make more authentic decisions. Be unafraid to live because with just once action you may begin to change the world.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel is one of my favorite books because it persuades the reader to question their own existence and morals. It offers perspective that encourages one to heavily deliberate on the flaws that co-exist with existing behavior and beliefs. It touches on nature in more than an elemental and metaphysical sense, and pushes us to question the nature of our society, humanity, and ethical responsibilities while leaving us with a sense of hope that even though life is limited, the only important thing is what you choose to do with it.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I feel most relaxed in a state where I become inspired. I will either research something new, find something entertaining, create a new dish, exercise, write music, read a recommended book, listen to a motivational speaker, and/or meditate with controlled breathing techniques.

Best way to cheer me up: eating French fries, then getting a massage.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
I think life feels very cyclical in some sense. It's easy to get stuck "in a rut", feel unsure of what to do next, or lose motivation. I don't believe a mundane lifestyle is bad, I just encourage finding ways to spice up whatever is making you lose joy in your daily routine.

To overcome feeling monotonous and dull, I try to incorporate 3 I's in my day-to-day: 

get inspired
get involved
find a way to improvise. 

With inspiration I find encouragement, with involvement I find community activity, and when given the chance to improvise I find new opportunities that allow variety to challenge what I love to do every day.

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
I studied Neuroscience and I say that is my industry because it has been applicable to everything that I do. I love how this subject is always evolving. We are always learning something new, and we can always adapt to make things better for ourselves. While there is so much unknown, there are also so many opportunities for discovery, creation, and innovation. I am a firm believer that there is truly a solution to every problem and I believe the most universal thing involved in every aspect of life is connected to our brains. The sooner we are to understand, the sooner we are to improve, and the best thing we can do for ourselves is to aim to always do better and be better - #bemore.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
HYDRATE. It changed my life when I made sure to drink at least 64oz a day. I'm a hard-worker so sometimes I get so into my work that I forget to take a break and replenish basic necessities and in doing so I don't end up providing my body with the nourishment it needs to be productive. But I realized, making a habit of making sure you're taking care of yourself really allows you to function even better. I purchased an hourly/scheduled water bottle so that I can easily check and make sure I'm staying hydrated enough even while I'm working and not waiting until my day is over to replenish. I also think adding those 10-minute breaks throughout the day to get up and stretch or just practice breathing always makes me feel 100 times better during my day. Making sure to make time for yourself throughout the day instead of only at the end of the day really helps me be a whole lot more efficient.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
I cannot live without my Air Conditioner. I grew up in Las Vegas, and absolutely despise feeling heat with no relief. I also like to sleep in freezing temperatures so I can use super fluffy weighted blankets. Life without AC would definitely be a huge adjustment for me.

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS...
empathy driven emotional intelligence with a duty to provide innovative service to others.

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