Working in Corporate Strategy

Bora has a great eye for data and industry trends. She’s also hooked on learning. From
product development to sales strategies, her insights influence every team in Workable.

Workable is...
Genuine, friendly & high-performing
- Bora Kim

Where were you born?

New York.

Describe yourself in three words:

Inquisitive, ambivert, pluviophile (Scrabble fans take note!).

If you had a catchphrase, what would it be?

Overdeliver, underexpect (serious).

Winter is coming (not-so-serious).

What do you feel strongly about?

Good intention and meaningful impact.

What’s your favorite food?

Tough question! I usually go through phases...but one thing I’m consistent about is food home-made by me! (Fully aware that I’m being biased here.)

What do you like to do outside of work?

Read novels and Manga, collect travel miles, chill at coffee shops.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I can’t think of anything… apart from: cave diving, cage diving (complete with sharks), sky jumping, cliff jumping (complete with one, subsequently broken, tailbone) and plane flying! I piloted my first international solo flight at the age of 11 (with a little help from the captain).

Describe your most memorable event:

I’ll never forget my first cello concert. I was 11 years old (I packed a LOT into that year!). I walked onto the stage in my white recital dress and stage make-up, sat down, and was about to play the cello when I realized I’d lost my bow waiting backstage. I didn’t get to perform that evening but I gave the audience a good laugh!

Describe your first job:

I started tutoring SAT math in high school and got paid $30 dollars an hour. My business model was based on a guaranteed increase of at least 200 points and my success rate was 80% -ish :)

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A paleontologist. I wasn’t inspired by Indiana Jones, I just really, really liked dinosaurs. I still do.

When did you join Workable?

June 2017.

Describe your role:

My current role is Corporate Strategy and Development Analyst. Although I’m part of the G&A team, I work a lot with other departments and directly report to my CEO. The type of reports I provide are analysis on future potential mergers and acquisitions, the valuation of these companies, market trend research, competitor analysis, and anything else our CEO wants to look into. I do this because I love learning.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Finding insights and building solutions.

Have you changed your role?

Yes. I started as a product marketing associate. Workable quickly realized I enjoyed product and data and promoted me to a product strategist. Working as a product strategist, I learned a lot about the product and the industry, which led me to my current role.

What are your biggest achievements so far?

I’m prone to imposter syndrome. I would feel like a fraud if I had to pick an achievement because everything I’ve achieved happened with the help of my coworkers.

What training have you done since joining Workable and how did it impact your work?

I’ve always done my own personal projects on the side almost every other weekend. This includes data science training, SQL courses, random market research presentations and even financial forecasting. Mostly out of my own curiosity.

Who within Workable has had the most influence on you and why?

Both the CEO and my ex-manager here at Workable have had a great influence on me. I kid you not, both of them asked me during our first 1:1, if I was happy. They taught me to be genuine and to work hard, but not to be too serious.

What’s the best thing about Workable?

Easily the people and the opportunity.

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