Life at Notable with Wylie Barker, Operations
Meet the people transforming healthcare through intelligent automation at Notable through this employee spotlight series — featuring Wylie Barker in Operations.
Life at Notable is our employee spotlight series. We use it to highlight the people we’re proud to work with and showcase our company culture. This month, let’s meet Wylie Barker, an Operations Manager.
Q: How long have you worked at Notable?
Wylie: I have been working at Notable for 8 months.
Q: What role are you currently in? Has your role changed?
Wylie: I am an Operations Manager. Over my time at Notable, my role has expanded to include more testing and customer support.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Wylie: I get to work with so many different teams at Notable on a daily basis to ensure we are delivering the best patient experience. I work most often with the customer delivery team, but my role is very cross-functional — I also work with the solutions team and the engineering team.
Q: What’s one of the most challenging things about your job?
Wylie: Notable is growing so quickly that every day there can be a new use case or process not on our roadmap yet. Figuring out how to navigate these situations is both the most interesting and challenging part of my job. In Operations, we’re essentially helping to build the company playbooks for successful implementations for our customers.
Q: How has the company evolved during your time here?
Wylie: The Operations department has grown from a small scrappy team to one with an established footprint. We’ve developed a stronger sense of direction in how we accomplish our goals.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Wylie: Sashimi, poke, anything with raw fish!
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Wylie: Morning person. Having a productive morning really sets the tone for my entire day.
Q: How do you like to spend your free time?
Wylie: This is very West Coast of me but I enjoy hiking. Living in San Francisco there are so many incredible hikes just 30 minutes out of the city in Marin. I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Q: What’s a skill you want to learn?
Wylie: I want to learn how to speak Spanish. Being monolingual is something that I would really like to change.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Wylie: I grew up on the island of Kauai. Growing up, nature was such a large part of my life. That experience has shaped my interests and what I value today.
Q: What was your dream job when you were a kid?
Wylie: When I was around 10, I was convinced I would take over my dad's construction company. Not because I had a specific interest in construction but because I liked the idea of being successful in a male-dominated field.
Q: If you could plan the perfect day, what would it look like?
Wylie: I would go back to Kauai, grab coffee from the coffee shop where I had my first job, and then go shell hunting on the beach at sunrise. I’d spend the day in the ocean with my friends and family and then have a bonfire on the beach to end the night.
Q: Is there anywhere you want to travel?
Wylie: Turkey. The impact it has had on global culture is incredible — especially its impact on science and learning.
Q: What’s a failure you learned from?
Wylie: I am a plant parent and have had many over-watering casualties. It's made me realize that I can sometimes be over-attentive and it's okay to take a step back — plants are resilient. And sometimes other things in life need that trust as well.
Q: What was the last creative thing you did?
Wylie: Watercoloring. It’s a relaxing and accessible way to work on something that is just for my enjoyment.
Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Wylie: Adjusting to any surroundings. Since I grew up in a tropical environment, I don’t handle the cold well. I would love to spend a winter in Montana without having to wear 50 layers.
Q: What are you most proud of?
Wylie: I’m most proud of my persistence. It has allowed me to learn and accomplish so many things in my life that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
Q: What are five things that make you happy?
Wylie: My family, the ocean, ice cream, traveling, meeting new people.
Q: If you could add one thing to Notable’s office, what would it be?
Wylie: An office dog.
Q: What’s one thing that surprised you about working at Notable?
Wylie: We have very strong relationships across the company, even though we’re distributed throughout the country. Those relationships help us all be our best at work.
Q: What’s one thing you learned at Notable that you wouldn’t have learned somewhere else?
Wylie: I’ve worked in healthcare prior to Notable and was very familiar with healthcare’s pain points. What surprised me is that we have the tools already to solve these problems — problems that don’t even need to exist.
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