Vice President of Talent Management, CRDF Global
This year, CRDF Global reached a key milestone in the maturation of its organizational culture – recommitting to and consciously infusing its values, competencies and expectations into its global infrastructure and governing principles.
Throughout the enormous challenges the company and its partners faced during the pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine, its employees have embodied company values of doing the right thing, caring for each other and delivering with excellence.
The organizational culture only strengthened through these experiences, and Siri Oswald’s team took conscious steps this year to ensure the culture created will continue to define the company as it grows.
CRDF Global CEO Mike Dignam said the company’s expansion in recent years owes much to the positive organizational culture Oswald and her team fostered. The team successfully blended the company’s vision and values into everyday work. This makes employees understand how their efforts benefit both the company and its funders, fostering a collective feeling of achievement.
“In her executive leadership role, Siri clearly leverages her strong background in operations and strategic management, but the most evident driver of her success in this role is her underlying care for others and the mission of this company,” Dignam added.
In 2023, CRDF Global’s HR team is focusing on enhancing leadership abilities and providing uniform career growth training for its global staff. As they grow internationally, they’re strengthening support systems to cater to all locations. Oswald believes investing in leadership development is essential for both current and future employees, considering the team as the company’s top asset.
Over her 17 years at CRDF Global, Oswald has come to appreciate the truth in the saying, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” The company was founded on the idea of international cooperation. This principle is still important in how it serves clients and works internally.
“Everything we do, whether that be specific mission support or a working group on an internal initiative is designed and implemented to include diverse perspectives and reflect the sum of who we are,” Oswald added.