Nicole Harrison | Bear Group Project Manager

Nicole Harrison

Digital Project Manager | Run State

Nicole graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a dual major in English and History. She started her career as a combination writer, editor, and project manager before moving into digital project management full-time (though she still loves an occasional editing assignment). She has worked in a variety of systems and is a certified Agile Scrum Master.

Nicole grew up in a small town in Colorado and lived in the Denver metro area for 10 years. She has recently relocated to Seattle with her husband to explore a new city and new mountains in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not at work you can find her hiking, reading, or planning her next international vacation.

What You Need to Know About Nicole Harrison

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Gunnison, Colorado, which is a small, beautiful, and very cold town in the mountains. I’m a huge animal lover - at various times during my childhood we had dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, horses, parakeets, fish, and a turtle.

What influenced you to pursue your current career?

I’ve always loved watching technology progress, and I realized early on that I was good at translating between technical and non-technical people. In college, I had the opportunity to start managing a couple of journals, and after college I started branching out to project managing websites. I love the challenge and the variety of project management.

Where can you be found when you’re away from your desk?

I love exploring by foot, bicycle, or car. I’m an avid hiker and camper, and I love finding new trails in my area. I’m also passionate about doing as much international travel as I can, and I’m usually planning at least one trip at any given time.

What’s a life goal of yours? 

I would love to learn how to sail! I’ve lived in a landlocked state until recently, but I have fewer excuses now.

What do you recommend to visitors of your corner of the world?

I’m new to living in the Seattle area (so if you have recommendations, let me know), but my advice is always to get out and explore, no matter where you are.

Are you currently reading any books, following any television, shows listening to any bands, or have recently watched any films that you want to tell everyone about?

I mostly read novels, but I’m also very interested in psychology, and a book that I’ve found surprisingly helpful is Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Patton, Stone, and Heen. So much of every human interaction revolves around communication, and I think everyone needs to focus on the best way to get a point across while respecting the other person.

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