I came to the United States with my family as a refugee from Montenegro in December of 1993. My husband and I spoke very little English at the time and had two young children. While looking for employment, we were introduced to the facilities manager of Richard Driehaus’ 25 East Erie building which is now the headquarters of Driehaus Capital Management. There was a part-time housekeeping role available and I was offered the job and was eventually brought on full time in 1997. Over the years, I’ve held several roles including mail room assistant, facilities assistant, human resources assistant and currently I’m the mail room assistant within the human resources department.
I am the mail room assistant and am primarily responsible for overseeing the firm’s mail related services. Additionally, I assist the human resources department with administrative tasks including reconciling insurance data, managing invoices within the HR department, filing talent-related documents, providing back up to the firm’s receptionist and maintaining relationships with external printers for the firm’s stationery and business cards.
This role requires a great attention to detail and strong organizational skills. You must be willing to learn and take on new responsibilities. The firm is very open to helping employees grow, and I’m a testament to that. When I began at the firm as a housekeeper, I was very anxious to learn English well enough to be able to answer the phones. My willingness to listen and absorb as much information as possible coupled with an intensive English immersion course from Truman College allowed me to take on additional workloads, including answering the phones with confidence. I did not have much training on the administrative duties, but I was willing to work hard, learn and prove myself and Driehaus has been great about providing growth opportunities for me.
I have been fortunate to be able to adapt my role during the pandemic. In the past, I did not work from home and moving to a remote environment was a large adjustment for me. Our IT team was amazing with helping me during the transition and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to perform my duties. Currently, I go into the office once a week to sort and manage the mail, but all other functions are done remotely from my home. I’ve used this time to improve my knowledge of technology overall and have an entirely new appreciation for it!
No matter what is going on, keep a positive attitude in any situation or outcome.
I love the environment and people and that’s the most important thing. The culture of the firm has always been welcoming. During my early days at Driehaus, I had a distinct language barrier, but the people were always helpful and understanding and never demeaning. I’ve also enjoyed the ability to grow my career and learn new skills.
The benefits that Driehaus offer are amazing and I have the ability to take a month off during the summer to visit my family in Montenegro. I come from a large family of 10 siblings and we have a tradition where everyone goes back to our hometown during the same time in the summer. This generous amount of vacation time allows me to stay connected with my family and continue the strong bond that we’ve had since childhood.
Driehaus acknowledges hard work and cares for its employees and the community.
I’ve been here for over 20 years, so I have a million favorites! One great memory I have is when Driehaus would host an annual holiday party for children of employees. I cherish these memories of being able to have my family enjoy my work family and get dressed up for the holidays, see the decorations and take photos.
Of course, I also love Richard Driehaus’ birthday party in Lake Geneva every year and the happy hours in the garden of our building.
Another favorite is the firm’s Thanksgiving tradition where employees get together for a big lunch and dessert competition. I also love when Richard’s vintage car collection is on display in the courtyard throughout the summer because it adds to the uniqueness of the work environment. Needless to say, it’s impossible to select just one favorite memory!
I enjoy spending time with my family. My youngest son played travel soccer and I adored going to his games and traveling with the team. Last year, we were fortunate enough to go to Hawaii for an international tournament. Now that my son has graduated high school, I am anxious to sign my two-year old grandson up for soccer so that I can cheer him on throughout his sports career! I enjoy watching professional soccer as well. My favorite teams are Inter Milan and FC Jezero (my hometown team). I also love to go to the beach, travel and relax.
I would spend a full summer in Montenegro to enjoy the beach, mountains and food! My favorite dishes from back home are kacamak, which is made with corn flour and homemade sour cream. I also love cevapi, which is a grilled beef sausage and homemade bread. Overall, I would travel to experience different countries and cultures.
Mail Room Assistant
Began at Driehaus: 1997View Full Bio