Chicago, Illinois, January 30th-31st, 2018 — Twelve Consulting Group (Twelve) hosted the 2nd annual Twelve Kickoff event. “Growth Mindset,” the theme of this year’s event, encouraged our team to maximize results for customers, employees, and the communities we serve.
“I currently spend 80% of my time doing planning and 20% of my time doing analysis and I want to flip that ratio so that I spend 80% of my time doing analysis and 20% of my time doing planning.” A client shared this with me a few months ago when we were implementing Anaplan for an FP&A department. Having seen (and experienced!) the time-consuming and menial tasks involved in many companies’ planning processes, I understood what he meant.
Once an early employee and head of Anaplan’s Special Operations unit, which was deployed to solve key clients’ issues, John Wihtol has spent the last several years helping to build a culture of excellence as a Partner and Solution Architect at Twelve Consulting Group. We are lucky to have him. Besides possessing a talent for rapidly processing vast amounts of information, he is a skilled mentor to Twelvers and a trusted advisor to clients on the arduous path to data-driven decision making.
To put it bluntly, I got very lucky. The opportunity to work at Twelve Consulting Group did not result from years of preparation or educational background, but instead from the right connections in my network, the willingness of Jill King to bring me onboard as the first employee and the happenstance that I was looking for a career change. It was a fortuitous combination of different events that brought me to Twelve, and I haven’t looked back.
Jill King grew up in Stillwater, MN, and earned her Masters of Accountancy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has over nine years of experience leading accounting and finance initiatives within large enterprises. In 2012, she started working with the revolutionary Anaplan platform. Grounded, driven, smart, caring, genuine, humble, and family-oriented are a few of the adjectives used by Jill’s team to describe her. Jill is a leader who is held in high regard by the people that work for and with her, so we wanted to learn more about her experience starting her own start up.
Technology, Community, Culture and Empowerment. I joined Twelve about 7 months ago, and learned quickly that these words are at the foundation of who we are as a company. I have heard these words spoken over and over again through internal meetings and conversations with our clients. But hearing the words being spoken and witnessing actions that bring these words to life are very different things…which is what I believe sets Twelve apart.
Dedicated, knowledgeable, driven and honest are a few of the words that you may hear when someone describes Katie Johnson. Katie has worked on a number of different projects during her tenure, including Financial Planning & Analysis, Commercial Planning and Sales Performance Management. As a collaborative, problem solving, team player, she has helped a number of customers solve their business problems through the implementation of Anaplan.
I started law school at the University of Minnesota with the intention of following my oldest brother’s footsteps as a litigator. As school moved along, I realized that I did not enjoy litigation. After encouragement from a professor, I decided to apply to the MBA program at the Carlson School of Management. Early on in the school year, Josh King came to campus and spoke as an alum in the consulting field about his experience at Twelve Consulting Group.
It only took 5 minutes of talking with Haley for me to realize how unique the opportunity is to work for Twelve Consulting Group - and that was before I met the rest of the team. After being at Twelve for just 90 days, it has become increasingly clear to me what makes Twelve different, and why I feel so much more fulfilled than I had previously.
Last Friday, some members of our Minneapolis crew stepped back to the playground to play one of our favorite recess games: Kickball! We took to the fields in Northeast Minneapolis along with 13 other teams from other companies around the Twin Cites in hopes of bringing home the Regional Kickball Trophy at the Playworks Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament!
HUB17 was an event for the books. Each year Anaplan hosts this gathering to bring together partners, employees, existing clients and potential clients. The purpose: to connect and motivate the Anaplan community while expanding the Anaplan knowledge base.
At Twelve, we “unlock potential with smarter data”, enabling our customers to create more dynamic organizations. Our mission at Twelve is to improve the lives and opportunities of our people, customers, and communities by empowering them with the latest technology. In the spirit of sharing our way of thinking, and inspiring continuous growth, we created Twelve.EDU.
To spread the love this Valentine’s Day Twelve reached out to schools that we have donated to on behalf of our clients, through our Empowering Leaders Program, and followed-up on their use of our donations.
Last week, we flew our entire team into Minneapolis to experience Twelve’s Core Values outside of the office. Our team took to the streets of Minneapolis to learn the meaning of Personal Growth, Excellence, Collaboration, and Well-Being through volunteer events, group activities, and inspirational lectures. Take a peak at our full journey