The People of Ori Learning series is dedicated to profiling the bright and inspiring minds of the Ori Learning team, highlighting the unique ways in which they contribute to the company’s mission to empower students to succeed in school and in life.
Elizabeth Bruce is the Administrative Services Manager at Ori Learning.
She talks to us about her unconventional pathway into education via textile chemistry and returning to the US after living abroad to apply her expertise in international education on home soil.
Elizabeth discusses her cross-functional role working with Customer Success and HR, the importance of real-life use cases as a measure of tangible success, and her ambitious goals for the expansion of Ori Learning in the future.
What is your role at Ori Learning?
My role as Administrative Services Manager is twofold: I do a lot of administrative work with a focus on accounting, subscriptions and human resources planning; and I am also responsible for building a pipeline of vendor registrations with districts across the country and responding to their requests for proposals (RFPs) so that we’re able to bring our products to their districts.
When you're not working, what do you like to do?
What is your professional background?
What attracted you to Ori Learning as a company?
What have you found to be most challenging?
What's been a big win for you?
What are some magical moments you've experienced while working at the company?
How do you see Ori Learning developing in the next five years?
I see us continuing to grow: I hope that we’ll soon be used by schools in all 50 states—that’s the goal I am aiming for when I am doing vendor registrations or writing up proposals. I want us to continue to listen to feedback from teachers, students and administrators as they use our products so that we can make them even better.
Last but not least, I want to make sure that the content stays interesting and relevant to the students. Kids are smart, and they know what they like and what they don’t like, so if the educational material isn’t interesting to them, then we lose. That’s why it’s important to remember to have them at the forefront of our decision-making.