Business Development Representative
I’ve owned 2 sister goats that were given to me as a present and both were born on my birthday!
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Happy Friday! In this edition of our Featured Friday series, we talked to Heather Rodriguez about what it’s like to be a Business Development Representative on the sales team! Keep reading to learn about Heather’s role and experience at Foundation Source.
When and why did you join Foundation Source?
I joined Foundation Source about a year ago. Post-pandemic I was ready for a change and heard about Foundation Source through a friend. I knew from the interview process that I’d love to be a part of the team. Seven months later, it’s proven to be true!
What do you love about working at Foundation Source?
My team and the employees that work for Foundation Source. From the very first day, I was welcomed with open arms, supported through onboarding, and to this day have had the greatest of interactions with colleagues from all departments.
The opportunity to be a small part of someone’s philanthropic journey, is the best part of my job. The ability to speak with individuals and their advisors and to hear their stories and the “why” behind their foundation is something that I will never get tired of!”
Business Development Representative
What do you look forward to each day?
I look forward to not knowing who I will have the privilege of speaking with—it all excites me!
What does your job entail?
My job as a Business Development Representative entails managing inbound and outbound outreach with clients and their advisors inquiring about private foundations. I provide high-level detail on services and technology that Foundation Source has to offer, while qualifying viable business connections.
What is your team like and what has your experience been with company culture?
I appreciate the diversity in our team—we all come from different backgrounds and skill sets. Everyone on the team has something of value to offer and we all help each other to achieve our goals. Although we are in the sales department, we all support each other and have great team synergy. My experience on my team translates to the company as a whole and speaks to the outstanding team culture created!
What has been your biggest accomplishment since joining Foundation Source?
Being the first point of contact for some very high-profile clients and the person who initiates connections for sales to carry forward that relationship has been a huge accomplishment.
How have you grown professionally while on our team?
Learning to communicate effectively and the ability tailor my approach to various types of advisors has undoubtedly helped me grow.
In your opinion, what makes the Foundation Source team special?
The Foundation Source team is special because everyone I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with is genuinely interested in helping and teaching to ensure I’m well supported. I am very thankful to work for such a special team!
What parts of Foundation Source’s mission do you connect with?
It’s really amazing to have the ability to be in a position to educate advisors and their clients on how Foundation Source partners with them to create a better world through their philanthropy.
What advice would you give to someone who doesn’t know about Foundation Source or may be thinking about joining the team?
I would say, don’t think twice! Joining Foundation Source was a great career decision, the positive work culture and consistent support of work-life balance makes for a very happy employee!
Want to join our team?
Check out our careers page for open opportunities.