Employee Profile: KP
Title: Product Commercialization Manager
Hire Date: June 2006
How would you describe what you do to someone who knows nothing about Clif Bar or your role?
Well, internally we refer to this role as a Trail Guide, because we lead and coordinate cross-functional teams throughout the commercialization process. We’re a link between the leadership team and project teams, and we chart out the course and navigate the “trail” from concept to execution. Every day brings new adventures – it’s a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment. I love the problem-solving aspect of it, and I am passionate about finding ways to effectively guide teams and bring a sense of ease throughout the process.
What do you love most about working at Clif Bar?
I am going to offer two things here, but I actually believe they are one and the same: The people here and the space Clif Bar allows for me to be myself. Over the decade I have been here, Clif Bar has become my extended family. We work hard and have fun doing it, but it extends beyond the 4 walls of the office. Clifsters support one another in our athletic adventures, musical performances, and other interests we have outside of work. I get to show up to work and be myself just as I am outside of work. Over my career, I haven’t always found that to be true.
What are your interests and passions outside of work?
My partner and I adopted a 2-year old Labradoodle rescue 9 months ago, so right now he’s been a primary interest outside of work! I am a practitioner of Vipassana meditation and try and get to a few silent retreats per year. Recently, I started learning Tang Soo Do, and I’ve had a blast getting involved with the community at the dojang – and it’s a great workout! I also teach indoor cycling here at the Clif Bar gym two mornings a week before work.
What is one of your most memorable food experiences?
This one is interesting for me, as I lost my sense of smell and my ability to taste flavor 13 years ago. Luckily I don’t need to taste the nuances of our food for my particular role at Clif! My relationship to food has evolved, and I love experimenting with texture and presentation. Last winter, I made a Vietnamese pho from scratch, and that stands out for me. It was an all-day event with many steps!
What has been or will be your greatest adventure?
This one is a jump ball for me: Either the 26-day wilderness backpacking experience I had in Death Valley when I was 16 or the 28-day silent meditation retreat I sat during my Sabbatical at Clif Bar. I guess I should find a 27-day adventure next!