Inflow’s Hackathon brought new innovative ideas to the company! Check out the results of our 2018 Hackathon!
On August 23rd, the San Antonio Business Journal hosted the Women’s Leadership Awards where 15 amazing women were honored for the leadership roles they play within their organizations. Angel Crockett, CEO of Inflow, was one of those women honored.
The Women’s Leadership Awards is an event designed to celebrate the community of women and their achievements made within the professional world. It recognizes the accomplishments made, both personally and professionally, as these women lead their organizations by example.
Professional and personal accomplishments were deciding factors for selecting the honorees. Angel Crockett founded Inflow in 2013 where she works to build an employee-centric culture and bring more government contracts to San Antonio, increasing job opportunities in the area.
Additionally, Mrs. Crockett gives back to the community through her work and donations to Operation Homefront, Wounded Warrior, the Fisher House, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and more. She lives the value of Balance.
When asked how she finds work-life balance, Mrs. Crockett said this: “Select the things in life that matter most and allocate your time there. Eliminate the distractions.”
Not only does Mrs. Crockett take time to give back, but she also gives time to her employees to give back too, giving each employee 16 hours of paid volunteer time off to support charities of their choice.
Congratulations to Angel Crockett and the other honorees for their work, commitment, and passion to showing women the sky’s the limit.
To see the full list of the honorees, click here.
Our very own LaDena B. volunteered back in April in support of the Spelman College Research Day. The Spelman College Research Day is a day long event showcasing the scholar and creative work of over 200 students spanning 25 disciplines. Their theme to "'Inquire, Discover, Imagine, Explore, Create' represents Spelman's commitment to inquiry-based, student-centered, integrated learning."
Spelman College specifically is historically a "Black college and a global leader in the education of women of African descent, [and] is dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical, and leadership development of its students. Spelman empowers the whole person to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change." Their Research Day is an opportunity to showcase these young women and their research, providing an avenue to share their findings and shape the community around them.
LaDena B. volunteered as a judge, where she was responsible for poster presentations in the general area of science, including chemistry, physics, sociology, and mathematics. Those she judged did research in various institutions, including L'Oréal, St. Jude, National Laboratories, and more.
Here are LaDena's thoughts on the Research Day:
"I have been judging at Spelman College's Research Day for the past 5 years and eagerly look forward to it annually. It is not only an opportunity for me to give back to my community and stay abreast of recent developments in research, but it's also an awesome opportunity to network with local professionals."
Thank you LaDena for your commitment to this school and its students!
Every Inflowee receives 16 hours of Volunteer Paid Time Off to support the charity of their choice. As a part of who we strive to be as Inflowees, we encourage each Inflowee to use their paid Volunteer time to support their local communities. This is just one way we Make it Matter.
On June 28, Inflow, along with 49 other companies, attended the San Antonio Business Journal Fast Track Awards.
The 2018 Fast Track award recognizes the city's fastest-growing companies, determined by the percent revenue growth from 2015 - 2017. To be eligible, companies had to be an independent, public, or privately held corporation; headquartered in San Antonio; fiscal growth over the fiscal period of 2015 - 2017, and revenue greater than $100,000.
Inflow, placed 3rd with a revenue increase over the last two years of 686%.
When Inflow CEO Angel Crockett was asked what she felt was the leading factor of Inflow's success, she gave two answers:
Inflow has combined best practices and processes from the cyber, science, engineering, and intelligence realms to create a truly unique trade-craft. This unique process attracts agencies, such as the DIA and ATF, to Inflow for their support. One example includes Inflow's support to the ATF in identifying the Austin Bomber using IT and Intelligence processes.
Additionally, Inflow has created a "sticky" culture. Angel Crockett explains.
"Our industry has a very bad reputation of not taking care of its employees. I wanted to create a new way of doing it."
Inflow has integrated modern technology company-wide to open communications to every Inflowee (Inflow employee). This offers the type of communication to maintain contact and provide emotional support to one another - especially those Inflowees who are overseas.
"We view ourselves as the caretakers of the employee,” Crockett said. “It is very important to us that we take care of them, so they can keep their heads down and focused on the mission.”
This is demonstrated in the efforts Inflow takes to find a role for each employee who returns from oversea deployment. It is demonstrated in the welcome boxes and care packages which are sent to Inflowees. And it is demonstrated in the "Inflowee" community being created which breaks through the barriers of geography.
Angel Crockett concludes, “The stickiness of creating a culture like ours is not only retaining and attracting top talent, but it is also attracting the top customers.”
We had another successful Hackathon this past year! We’re excited to share with you the winners as well as what we’ve done will all the ideas shared this past year!
For those who don’t know, Inflow hosts a Hackathon each year for Inflowees across the entire problem to share ideas and problems they’ve identified to help make Inflow a better place. Finalists then work with a team at Headquarters to develop, finalize, and execute their idea throughout the company. Our Hackathon is just one of many ways we encourage our Inflowees to support positive change in the company.
Brian H. - Finalist
Brian H. had the idea to develop a means to support information flow, process improvement, and exploitation standardization across the several entities involved. The goal breing to engage key leaders to bring leadership and implementation personnel together to discuss likenesses, differences, and ways to integrate processes throughout.
This is a great idea, and really focuses on a key issue many of our customers face with regard to cross unit communications and dissemination of information. This idea opens up the need for enhanced communication internally as Inflowees expand to operate across a number of these programs. While we didn't have time to move this research project forward this last year, we will begin to work with our operations teams to begin the process of conducting research in the field and developing white papers around solving customer problems. This idea speaks to a number of issues that Inflow is passionate about supporting and may be one of the first ones to take through the process. Stay tuned to for more information at inflow-ns.com/blog-landing-page.
Mason C. - Finalist
Mason C. had the idea to implement an Inflowee Family Fund where Inflowees could donate a small portion of their paycheck to a pool of money to help other Inflowees during crisis and emergencies, such as unexpected losses in family or emergencies caused by natural disasters.
While Inflow cannot accept money, this great idea was converted into two other great ideas creating regional and project based programs for donations. During Hurricane Harvey, we provided information on several non-profits for Inflowees to donate their time and money. Also, we were able to organize a reoccurring event for a group of Inflowees to volunteer at the Fisher House in 2017. Inflow is also is looking at the ability for Inflowees to donate their PTO to fellow Inflowees in need as an added benefit for 2019. Check out inflow-ns.com/blog/inflowees-support-fisher-house for more information!
All Hackathon Ideas
While there can only be two Finalists, this certainly doesn't detract from all the incredible ideas we received! Below is a full list of all ideas and responses!
Idea / Problem
Develop an internal web site for employees to find all important information pertaining to the company and Inflowees.
We really liked this idea, which sparked the idea for moving all Onboarding and information for employees to our new system BambooHR! This tool is connected to our Global communications platform, allowing us to chat at all times across the entire company from our smart phones. Check-out the watercolor on Hipchat to see what’s going on with other Inflowees, and view the Important Updates Room to stay current with important company updates. Use Bamboo to check your pay, benefits, and training materials!
Provide an isolated area within HipChat to allow former Inflowees to still communicate with the company and other former Inflowees.
We’re excited to have created this program inside HipChat! If an Inflowee elects to maintain a relationship with Inflow, we move them to an alumni account where we can continue our relationship with them throughout their entire career, even after they’ve moved forward working with a new entity.
Once an Inflowee, always an Inflowee!
Allow Subcontractors to use HipChat to help create a unified team on HipChat
Great idea! This is similar to the previous suggestions. We have the ability to add visitor access for all subcontractor Inflowee partners. While they may not get access to all rooms, they do have access to management and can communicate with their immediate team members, as well as the program/project room.
Continuity of anniversary dates. For example, if I work for Inflow for 14 months, my contract ends, and then I return to work for Inflow 6 months later, I will return as an Inflowee with 14 months with Inflow.
If you return as a former Inflowee, we will resume your seniority right where you left off with Inflow! This includes PTO accrual, Anniversary Dates, etc. We’ll take into consideration your time spent with the company when bringing you back on.
Within an Inflowee only section of the website, create a map with a listing of all Inflowee locations and a list of the team members, so any Inflowee can see at a glance who and where everyone is, creating a common virtual location for all Inflowees.
Excellent Idea! Unfortunately, we don't have the technology in place yet to easily implement this idea. We will keep it on our idea list for future website development. Until then we will be continuing to bring everyone together once a year at sites that are in the region to spend time celebrating the last years work at our annual fiesta party.
Also, be sure to chat up your peers across all sites and introduce your location on HipChat. Additionally, your Operations Lead can inform you of who's near you, that way you can introduce yourself and even grab a cup of coffee with them!