PSC has more than 240 global employees all contributing to helping power a more sustainable world. Our employee spotlight segment offers a look at what our hardworking people are all about when they’re not serving our clients and each other at work. This spotlight is on North America Project and Office Coordinator Gift Havert who works from our Kirkland, WA office.
How would you describe your role at PSC?
Gift: As a PSC’s global Operations team member, I support the North American team with administrative and office-related tasks.
What’s the most interesting or most gratifying part of your job?
Gift: Helping project managers make sure that jobs are set up and running smoothly, so we’re always in the best position to focus on solving our clients’ problems.
What is something your co-workers would be surprised to learn about you?
Gift: I love to play pretty much all sports, and I used to participate on a roller derby team.
I think my name is a bit surprising to some people as well as I often get asked about it. I tell them what my mom told me, that she only wanted one child and her wish was that it’d be a girl. When I was born, she called me her Gift.
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
Gift: I was born in Thailand, grew up in Hemet (Southern California) and now live in Kirkland, Washington.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Gift: I’d live in Thailand because I love the beaches and the food, especially Pla Lui Suan, a deep fried dish with Thai spicy mixed herb salad.
What are your hobbies?
Gift: I like to play any group sports. I got into it because I had A LOT of energy as a child. I’ve also found it difficult to find restaurants that serve authentic food, so I got into cooking because I wanted to make food the way it’s supposed to taste. I like a good amount of heat, so bring on the five stars!
What’s the most valuable advice you’ve ever received?
Gift: There’s no trying. There’s just doing.
What’s your biggest indulgence?
Gift: It’s got to be traveling to try new, authentic food.
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Gift: Any tropical beach will do!
Recent great read?
Gift: Braiding Sweetgrass by Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is one of my all-time favorite books. I especially appreciate how the author related science, gratitude, and the relationship to nature with indigenous wisdom and stories.
What do you work toward in your free time?
Gift: I work at staying active and fit while taking care of my mental health. I spend time at the gym, kickboxing and playing sports.