This Military Spouse’s Impactful Journey to Redefine Process Improvement

This Military Spouse’s Impactful Journey to Redefine Process Improvement
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Shayna Atkins, a trailblazing entrepreneur, is leading the charge in redefining process improvement through her remarkable venture, AtkCo. From problem-solving to acceleration, Shayna’s vision goes beyond conventional methods, inviting organizations to embrace a culture of continuous improvement. AtkCo has emerged as a unique technology services company that empowers clients to navigate the complexities of the digital era.

AtkCo’s foundation rests upon the principle that transforming ways of working can catalyze personal and professional growth. The company focuses on reducing process waste and harnessing the power of digital modernization to deliver impactful solutions. “We believe if you shift the way you work, you improve how you live,” states Shayna Atkins, the visionary leader behind AtkCo.

Shayna Atkins’ journey is one of resilience, innovation, and empowerment. As an IT product development expert, she has lent her expertise to organizations ranging from Fortune 100 giants to agile startups. Her brainchild, AtkCo, has earned recognition twice in a row as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, most recently ranking 3rd in the midwest and #1 in Illinois on the prestigious Inc 5000 Regionals list. This accolade underscores the company’s commitment to fostering change that resonates on a grand scale.

“Our commitment to professional growth is met with a fervor for personal balance,” Shayna Atkins emphasized. “I have a life partner who has chosen to be of service to this country, so when I dream big, I have to make space for my deployed husband or personal health. A lot of the time, that starts in the workplace.” Adding to the celebration, AtkCo recently had the privilege of attending the Inc. 5000 gala in San Antonio, Texas. Shayna Atkins, who is currently without her husband due to his military deployment, was escorted by her dad who she fondly refers to as “the second best date in the world.”

AtkCo’s approach stands apart from traditional consulting firms. Unlike standardized frameworks, AtkCo tailors its solutions to each client’s unique context. Shayna emphasizes, “We adjust year to year, listen to the market, etc. Our services are designed to be a steroid—a transformative force that doesn’t merely consult but actively participates in driving client success.”

The convergence of technical prowess, lean process improvement, organizational design, and agile methodologies forms the cornerstone of AtkCo’s offerings. In today’s fast-paced climate, innovation and scalability are paramount, and AtkCo’s versatile expertise is perfectly aligned to cater to these needs.

AtkCo’s philosophy aligns with the ‘1% rule’—the idea that incremental, sustained improvements can lead to monumental success, a concept popularized by James Clear in his book “Atomic Habits.” This incremental approach forms the bedrock of the company’s mission to shift the way clients work and consequently enhance their quality of life.

“AtkCo is more than a process improvement firm; it’s a partner in growth,” Shayna emphasizes. With a robust suite of services encompassing certification training, coaching, and consulting, AtkCo’s commitment to continuous learning and improvement is evident. The company’s dedication goes beyond consultation, offering the tools and support necessary for clients to measure their own success through data-driven outcomes.

Shayna Atkins’ journey is not only about reshaping business paradigms; it’s also about carving a path for women of color in the technology landscape. As an HBCU graduate from Spelman College, Shayna brings a unique perspective to the industry. Her personal experiences, from Chicago’s modest westside neighborhood to becoming a global entrepreneur, inspire others to overcome barriers and shatter glass ceilings.

“In my journey, I want to emphasize handling grief in business or success, which I think should be talked about more,” Shayna reflects. Her resilience in the face of personal loss exemplifies the strength that drives AtkCo’s values of authenticity, empathy, and human-centered approach.

As AtkCo continues to flourish, Shayna’s vision remains steadfast: to catalyze sustainable growth and positive change. Her goal is to impact lives through incremental improvements, making AtkCo a catalyst of positive transformation. While the company’s growth is undeniable, it remains committed to its boutique consultancy model, ensuring authentic intention and white-glove service delivery.

Shayna Atkins and AtkCo are proving that process improvement is not just a business strategy; it’s a life philosophy. Their journey from problem-solving to acceleration is an inspiration to organizations seeking to thrive in the digital age. By shifting the way we work, Shayna Atkins is leaving an indelible mark on how we live.

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Published by: Nelly Chavez


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