Meet Lynn Stephansen

Lynn has spent most of her career in the consulting engineering industry. It’s here, she says, that she learned the value of teamwork – and came to realise that even small and seemingly insignificant components can make or break a project. After taking a career detour and spending four years as a professional event manager, she joined the Lithon team in 2011 with “a better understanding of the industry and business in general.” We spoke to her to find out more about what her current role of Supervisor: Technical Support entails  – and what she’d like to achieve on a personal level this year. 

How did you get into the consulting engineering industry?

At a turning point in my life, I found out about an available position at an engineering firm. They were looking for a youngster to train, and I was looking for an opportunity to prove myself in the ‘real world’. 

How did you join the Lithon team?

I left event management in 2011 with a clear understanding of the importance of project management and good client and service provider relationships. At about the same time, Lithon was looking for a technical secretary to assist them. Fortunately, my prior experience in the engineering industry counted in my favour and I was given the opportunity to add value to the team. 

What does your role entail? 

I work behind the scenes in the ‘engine room’ of the company, and my primary role is to support the technical team. I spend most of my day compiling and keeping track of documents, keeping up-to-date records, and formatting reports. I also assist the marketing team in coordinating internal processes and sourcing material.

What strengths do you bring to your role?

I have strong organisational skills, advanced editing skills, and I love the excitement of deadlines. I enjoy ‘making things happen’ and thrive when I can get things done the right way and on time!

What does a typical day look like for you?

I plan my day and then throw the planner out the window, as the plan inevitably changes as the day progresses. I have a tick list of what needs to be done, but things change constantly and I have to draw on my experience to adjust priorities and ensure that deadlines are met.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the office?

Having a creative outlet is important to me, so I have several hobbies and also enjoy teaching my son (17) and daughter (19) new skills. I’ve even turned some of my hobbies into informal small businesses – I make natural soap and body products and offer face painting and body art for young and old.

What is something you’d like to achieve in your personal capacity this year?

The past year has been a wake-up call in terms of how important a healthy lifestyle really is – so healthy habits are high on my priority list. I also want to prioritise my relationships with family and friends.

What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?

I can make a HUGE ice cream cone and dip it in hot sauce without dropping it.