The Importance of Finding Balance: Katie Gove Shares Her Advice

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As a performance-driven growth organization, we give each and every associate the tools they need to realize their full potential and succeed. Whether it’s your first day in a new role or you are preparing to move into leadership, you have access to limitless growth opportunities as a Gartner associate. How far you go is up to you.

At Gartner, we believe that as individuals, as communities, and as an organization, we are stronger and better by bringing diverse perspectives and experiences together. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the successes of our associates from across the world. Below, Katie Gove, Senior Director Analyst, Gartner Research & Advisory, shares her story and offers career advice for others looking to grow with Gartner.

Katie’s Career Story

I joined Gartner a little over a year ago because I wanted to be part of a large team doing meaningful work with broad impact. For the 10 years prior to joining Gartner, I ran my own company, which helped clients to develop and implement outsourcing strategies. Although I loved the work and the positive response from clients, I really missed being part of a team. Luckily for me, my work put me on Gartner’s radar, and in February 2018, I started as an analyst on the Sourcing and Vendor Management team in Research & Advisory. I work remotely from Copenhagen, Denmark, where I’ve lived since moving here from the U.S. almost 20 years ago.

My professional life has primarily been in consulting and research with a large focus on technology. For a time over the past few years, part of my work was on projects supporting IT sector development in emerging economies, among them, Bangladesh, Uganda and Kenya. A portion of these projects focused on increasing the role of women in the respective IT sectors. I saw firsthand that being part of the working world was an undeniably powerful enabler for personal and economic freedom for women AND resulted in better outcomes for society as a whole. Women’s History Month helps to bring focus to the urgency of increasing women’s role in economics, politics and society.

Katie’s Career Advice

My advice for young women entering the corporate world would be to develop an identity that is more than just your career. In fact, you should deliberately carve out some space that is not connected to your career. For example, I’m a rower. Few people in my row club understand what I do and we only rarely talk about work. Having a space where I’m something other than my career is truly important for my identity and enabling balance.

Balance means different things to different people. Define balance in your own terms. Keep in mind that there will be periods where you can’t achieve balance. Accept it. It won’t always be like that. You will sometimes, but not always, have balance in your life.

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