María José Cárdena, VP Legal and HR – Venezuela
At Okeanos we believe in fostering an environment where exemplary performance is acknowledged. While we do consider our successes to be a product of all our collaborative efforts, we would like to take this time to recognize this year’s Rockstar! The Okeanos Rockstar is someone who routinely represents the core values of this company and is elected by his peers.
Okeanos’ Rockstar for 2019 is María José Cárdenas our Director of Legal and HR. María José is an attorney, originally from Los Teques, Venezuela, her efforts at strengthening our culture are not unnoticed and her works ethic speaks for itself – being truly inspiring for the whole team and partners.
We would like you to know more about María José. Therefore, we asked her a few questions and we would like to share them with you:
How does it feel to be Okeanos Rockstar for 2019? Were you expecting this recognition from your peers and leadership team?
I feel incredibly honored to be Okeanos’ Rockstar for 2019. I did not expect this at all because I work with such talented people. This award only makes me want to keep working even harder.
Since day one, I loved the project. I truly believe that we can make a change in the world. On a personal note, watching Okeanos grow into what it is now has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
It is a pleasure going to the office every single day. Okeanos gives you the opportunity to be YOU in your maximum potential. It gives you the opportunity to build, create and implement your own ideas. Okeanos gives you OPPORTUNITIES!
How did your perception of the company change within the past year?
I remember at the beginning this was just an idea drawn on a whiteboard. Now, we are a global company rapidly growing. From four people few months ago, and I am proud to say that today we have more than 120 people around the world, working towards the same goal.
How would you describe Okeanos’ talent growth within the past year?
As I mentioned before, during this year, I had the opportunity to work with such talented people: engineers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, creatives, physics and more. Every month our team grows, and this has allowed Okeanos to become the company it is today.
What are our core values?
Commitment, passion, respect and love for the ocean.
How do you promote a strong sense of ownership from colleagues toward their work?
From the HR department we always say that Okeanos is an extension of your family. We welcome new hires as new members of our family.
A family environment allows everybody to make mistakes, learn from them and keep moving. Every little thing we do in Okeanos affects others, so we tend to care so much more about our duties.
We LISTEN to every opinion, and we ENCOURAGE people to speak up! Okeanos is built with small but powerful ideas of each one of its members.
Are we supporting an environment where employees can manage the challenges of work and life in a healthy, productive, and sustainable manner?
I truly believe so. We encourage our team to take time off, vacation, holidays and weekends… basically to have a healthy life. However, we know this is a challenge sometimes because of the speed at which we are growing can make it a demanding job.