Meet Team Switchboard – Robin Hadac, EA and Office Administrator

By Karda Rolland-Berge

January 9, 2020

Team Switchboard is made up of an incredible group of individuals who get it done. We’re really excited for you to meet our great team. This month, we’re featuring Robin Hadac, our rockstar office administrator and executive assistant to our fearless leader, Kathleen Reid.

Tell us a little about yourself…

I grew up in Seattle, which makes me an escapee from the United States. I first fell in love with Vancouver while growing up skiing in BC, and decided to study political science and psychology at the University of British Columbia.

I love travelling and have been to some pretty incredible places including Samoa, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Japan. In my free time, I like keeping my mind active with sewing, reading, writing, and my body active with weightlifting and CrossFit.

What do you love about working at Switchboard?

So many things! I love the work environment, which is both challenging and supportive. I love our clients, who are working on some incredibly cool projects across Canada. And I love working under and learning from Kathleen Reid, Switchboard’s Founder and Managing Director, who is quite the inspiration. 

What motivates you to work hard?

I have always been motivated by my peers and try to surround myself with people who have similar aspirations. Growing up I played soccer, basketball, and also rowed crew—so I blame sports for my competitive nature. When I work with people motivated to succeed, my competitiveness kicks in and drives me to work harder.

What books are you reading right now and do you have a book that has had a lasting impact?

I’m a bit late to the party, but right now I’m reading Lean In (For Recent Graduates) by Sheryl Sandberg. I highly recommend it for anyone just starting their career or looking to climb the ladder at their workplace! 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

This summer, before working for Switchboard, I helped orchestrate a Climate Action Fair at my old workplace. The one-of-a-kind fair gathered ideas across sustainability topics and sparked discussion within the community. While I wasn’t the official project coordinator of the event, I led many of the important pillars and was responsible for directing all volunteers, staff, and board members during the event. At the end of the day, I don’t think I have ever been more proud or more exhausted…except for maybe after my second proudest accomplishment — climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tell us three interesting facts about you…

My last name is Czech, I’ve never had braces, and I’m pretty good at knowing which bin your garbage goes in. Sounds like a joke, until you’re wondering whether that foil-lined chip bag can be recycled (hint: not in the blue bin).

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

At the risk of sounding dramatic…I CANNOT do this.

Besides the necessities, what one thing could you not go a day without?

It would be coffee but that’s a necessity in my book, So in that case, music.