Meet McKinley!

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Meet McKinley!

Meet McKinley Pollard – the epitome of what happens when an unstoppable force meets a whirlwind of talent and energy. She’s not just a CrossFit warrior, a distance runner, and a budding triathlon champion; she’s also an adrenaline junkie who grew up with the roar of motorcycle engines as her lullaby in the heart-pounding landscapes of Appalachia.

When she’s not out conquering physical feats, McKinley channels her superpowers into being a wizard of words and an Olympian of organization. Yes, she’s the one who dots the I’s, crosses the T’s, and probably adds a well-placed exclamation mark, all before breakfast. Her knack for writing isn’t just about stringing words together; it’s about weaving narratives that captivate and inspire.

But wait, there’s more! McKinley isn’t just about achieving goals and setting records. She lives by a heartwarming motto: “Do hard things and serve others.” True to these words, she embarks on annual globe-trotting adventures with her mom, not just to explore new countries, but to spread kindness and help communities in need. Her commitment to volunteerism isn’t just commendable; it’s an integral part of her awe-inspiring story.

So, if you’re looking for someone who’s part superhero, part literary genius, and fully a beacon of positivity and service, look no further. McKinley is one of the coolest people around – a fact we’re not just stating but celebrating! Let’s get to know her better.

What do you think is the most important skill that a successful professional should have?
Caring personally and challenging directly sets people apart in my mind. This comes from the framework of “Radical Candor” from Kim Scott’s book. It also coincides with Teddy Roosevelt’s mantra “People need to know how much you care before they care how much you know.” While we are all striving to be the best in our professional worlds, we are human first. I think those that find the right balance of this are the most successful employees, leaders, peers, friends, and people.

What do you love most about your job?
I love my tiny but mighty team! A powerhouse squad is always so refreshing and inspiring. It’s also noteworthy how amazing the entire ICC-IMS team is and how willing everyone is to collaborate. I especially love that everyone is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what the norm for a pavement engineering firm is to raise the bar, set the new standard, and dominate the industry.

What’s a cause that you are passionate about?
Volunteering is a big part of my life. My mom and I make it a point to travel to a new country each year to serve and aid communities in need. Domestically, I particularly am drawn to anything related to veterans/military, domestic violence, and health & fitness.

Do you play any sports? Are you a runner? A yogi? Do tell!
You could say I dabble! I’ve been an avid athlete my whole life. Soccer and basketball were my jam growing up, which turned into playing soccer at the collegiate level. I am currently a competitive CrossFit athlete, runner, triathlete, goalkeeper for Charleston’s soccer co-ed league, and go to yoga every now and then. I grew up racing motorcycles and snowboarding and continue both today.

What do you think makes you unique as an ICC-IMS team member?
While I don’t have prior experience in the A/E/C world, I do come from the logistics industry. A lot of the challenges seen in both worlds are similar and I’ve loved being able to pull on my experience and add a new A/E/C flare to it. In addition to that, I have a strong background writing in various styles and am looking forward to blending them all together. I’m able to zoom-out and think long-term/big picture about projects/initiatives, big or small, and love being able to apply that!

What is the most important lesson that you’ve learned from working with the ICC-IMS team?
Ask questions, speak up, and it’s okay to not know everything!

What techniques help you stay organized and productive?
I’m a bit of an organizational freak. I live and breathe by my color-coded calendars, rely heavily on Monday.com for project and task management, and use the time boxing technique religiously. To stay productive, I throw in some simple movement every chance I get between tasks/projects/deep work like walking, air squats, push-ups, pull-ups, etc.

How do you like to structure your day?
I’m an early riser these days. I like to start my day outside to get some sun and fresh air. My preference is to tackle my hardest task/project first thing. This allows me the most mental clarity, the least fatigue, and the most time to come back to it later if I need to. I’ll either start, break up, or end my day with some pretty serious training for CrossFit and/or triathlon.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
Take me to New Zealand! I’m quite an adventurer and have always wanted to visit (okay, live) there. I’ve had plans on plans to go, but life has gotten in the way. One day!

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Loyal, motivated, disciplined.

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