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Cindy Hull

Director of Interactive Development

Cindy Hull
Director of Interactive Development

MINDEN, IOWA

Born and bred in Minden, IA. Over the years my family moved to Missouri, Illinois and right back here to Bellevue, NE.

In my early years before college graduation I worked in jobs from debt advice to bank HR Marketing, and each time I found myself building technical solutions for my clients and/or my employers’ companies in my spare time. My debt advice clients needed electronic spreadsheets to keep their payments on track so I built their spreadsheets, and my bank needed an HR Intranet site, so…

No matter what I did, I always found myself helping ensure users a better experience with technology.

I suppose the one exception was when I de-tasseled corn for a local farm. It was hard work – but still kind of fun. And corn isn’t a very demanding client.

 

OMAHA TELEMARKETING FIRM

I was pretty sure when I did a short stint selling magazine pages for an Omaha Telemarketing firm that I would never find myself working in an ad agency – and yet, when presented with this opportunity I couldn’t wait to get started.

Those early years taught me some extremely valuable lessons. In particular, they taught me to accept failure as a tool for learning.

Understanding and embracing the need for excellent customer service helped me build the self-confidence needed to be a lone woman among a sea of men in the technology space as it existed years ago. Now, people are always intrigued when they realize how little impact the opinion of others has on my self-esteem.

 

UNION PACIFIC – DIRECTOR IT

I have also had the fortune of seeing great leaders as well as some who were just atrocious. I learned from both extremes and found my own brand of leadership, which made it possible to lead a staff of 100 at Union Pacific.

My staff, at UP was charged with designing and implementing systems that would change the railroad industry from being reactive to predictive. Our system was complex and the first of its kind for the railroad industry, it monitored the numerous assets across multiple railroads to ensure safety and efficient operations, and featured a far-reaching roadmap that would set the precedent for implementing AI and autonomous operations.

 

BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY – MASTERS IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND HR MANAGEMENT

I am often teased about being a “life-time student.” I guess since I’ve spent more of my life in school than not, they’re probably right. From a double Masters in Management Information Systems and an MBA. Between then and now, prior to starting my Doctorate in Organization Leadership, I managed to sneak in another Masters in HR Management – oh yeah and somewhere in there my son and daughter were born, as you can imagine, I have an extremely supportive husband.

Back then a typical week for me consisted of: traveling to New Mexico to help prepare for the 2018 Primary Election, two days later giving birth to my daughter and two days after that turning in the final paper for my first Master’s degree. I like to stay busy.

After my daughter was born I actually had a brief moment struggling with the idea of going back to work. Before I had the chance to think it through, my Mom reminded me that my daughter deserved to grow up watching her role model and learning how to be “fiercely independent and resilient.” So much for maternity leave.

 

BOZELL – DIRECTOR OF INTERACTIVE DEVELOPMENT

I read pretty much everything I can get my hands on from books on leadership and personal development to technical journals, but when I’m really fried and looking for escape you can usually find me with something light, like a romance novel with vampires and werewolves or a good sci-fi thriller.

Cindy's story

MINDEN, IOWA

Born and bred in Minden, IA. Over the years my family moved to Missouri, Illinois and right back here to Bellevue, NE.

In my early years before college graduation I worked in jobs from debt advice to bank HR Marketing, and each time I found myself building technical solutions for my clients and/or my employers’ companies in my spare time. My debt advice clients needed electronic spreadsheets to keep their payments on track so I built their spreadsheets, and my bank needed an HR Intranet site, so…

No matter what I did, I always found myself helping ensure users a better experience with technology.

I suppose the one exception was when I de-tasseled corn for a local farm. It was hard work – but still kind of fun. And corn isn’t a very demanding client.

 

OMAHA TELEMARKETING FIRM

I was pretty sure when I did a short stint selling magazine pages for an Omaha Telemarketing firm that I would never find myself working in an ad agency – and yet, when presented with this opportunity I couldn’t wait to get started.

Those early years taught me some extremely valuable lessons. In particular, they taught me to accept failure as a tool for learning.

Understanding and embracing the need for excellent customer service helped me build the self-confidence needed to be a lone woman among a sea of men in the technology space as it existed years ago. Now, people are always intrigued when they realize how little impact the opinion of others has on my self-esteem.

 

UNION PACIFIC – DIRECTOR IT

I have also had the fortune of seeing great leaders as well as some who were just atrocious. I learned from both extremes and found my own brand of leadership, which made it possible to lead a staff of 100 at Union Pacific.

My staff, at UP was charged with designing and implementing systems that would change the railroad industry from being reactive to predictive. Our system was complex and the first of its kind for the railroad industry, it monitored the numerous assets across multiple railroads to ensure safety and efficient operations, and featured a far-reaching roadmap that would set the precedent for implementing AI and autonomous operations.

 

BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY – MASTERS IN MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND HR MANAGEMENT

I am often teased about being a “life-time student.” I guess since I’ve spent more of my life in school than not, they’re probably right. From a double Masters in Management Information Systems and an MBA. Between then and now, prior to starting my Doctorate in Organization Leadership, I managed to sneak in another Masters in HR Management – oh yeah and somewhere in there my son and daughter were born, as you can imagine, I have an extremely supportive husband.

Back then a typical week for me consisted of: traveling to New Mexico to help prepare for the 2018 Primary Election, two days later giving birth to my daughter and two days after that turning in the final paper for my first Master’s degree. I like to stay busy.

After my daughter was born I actually had a brief moment struggling with the idea of going back to work. Before I had the chance to think it through, my Mom reminded me that my daughter deserved to grow up watching her role model and learning how to be “fiercely independent and resilient.” So much for maternity leave.

 

BOZELL – DIRECTOR OF INTERACTIVE DEVELOPMENT

I read pretty much everything I can get my hands on from books on leadership and personal development to technical journals, but when I’m really fried and looking for escape you can usually find me with something light, like a romance novel with vampires and werewolves or a good sci-fi thriller.

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years in industry

21 years

years at bozell

1 year

client experience

  • planitomaha
  • Sioux Honey Association Co-op
  • 529 College Savings Plans

Cindy's Hometown

Minden, IA

August 13, 2018

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