DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members.
Ryan Dudzinski graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Society. Ryan competed on the Division I Varsity Swimming team at Stanford, where he competed at multiple PAC-12 and NCAA championships, helped lead recruiting activities, and earned various academic awards. He previously interned at Merrill Lynch as a Business Development intern.
What excites you about joining the DataGrail team?
When looking to commit to a team, there are a few characteristics I search for: first, people who are passionate about what they do, and second, leaders that strive for collective greatness.
During my interview process, I witnessed an incredible mixture of both of these qualities. Admittedly, I didn’t often reflect on data privacy concerns during my college years; it’s not something a typical college student dwells on daily. It was only until I spoke with several DataGrail team members that I understood how impactful our solution is for the data compliance landscape and how we can move companies’ privacy efforts forward.
What’s your role at DataGrail, and how do you see yourself growing over the next 2 years?
I am DataGrail’s second Sales Development Representative and cannot wait for the journey ahead of me. I expect to learn a great deal from Daniel as well as all of the incredible members on the sales team. The fact that I will be sharpening my sales techniques during the early parts of my professional career is also very exciting.
How will your collegiate sports experience help you succeed in your role on the sales team?
My swimming career taught me more than a handful of skills throughout the years. The time I spent on the Stanford Men’s Swimming team fine-tuned my work ethic, time management skills, and ability to work well with others. On top of that, my swim team included individuals from all walks of life, which improved my understanding of developing personal relationships with those unlike myself — an extremely useful skill in the workplace.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I would love to develop a mastery of every musical instrument. One of the biggest joys in my life is listening to new music, whether it be a song that my brother shares with me or a single that pops up on the radio. From classic rock and hip-hop to EDM and jam bands, music has continuously shaped my life for the better.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like to consider myself a very active person. Even though my time as a competitive swimmer has drawn to a close, I still splash around in the pool whenever possible. I also enjoy hiking with friends, golfing, playing video games, and exploring various types of non-American cuisine in my new neighborhood.