Employee Spotlight: Meet Elena Donio - mom, sister, philanthropist, athlete, Concur president.

Name: Elena Donio

Concur start date: July 1998

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Favorite city: Seattle AND London

Typical workweek lunch: Salad

Secret superpower: Superfast reading  



Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less:

I believe we are at our best when we acknowledge that we are multidimensional beings with many, many elements to us. I am Concur. I am a mom. I am a sister. I am a friend. I’m a philanthropist. I am an athlete.  

What drives you to be who you are?

When I’m not doing my day job I’m busy working with our HR organization on diversity and inclusion initiatives, on corporate social responsibility; or I’m out working on my own board work at Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of King County; or I’mmentoring MBA students at UW. I think all of these passions that I have are things that I think about as “spare time” activities. But the truth is, they’re the things that make me a whole person. They’re the things that show up in my day job. They bring a diversity of experiences and viewpoints and perspectives into the mix. I think these passions are what make us who we are.

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

You know, it’s been a great week when I’ve participated in a preschool event for my son Charlie, taken my 11-year-old to karate, listened to my 9-year-old play guitar, had an opportunity to participate with UW MBA students in career discussions, when I’ve attended a board meeting for Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, when I’ve collaborated with my peers at Concur about the future of one of our products, when I’ve helped a client out of a tough spot, when I’ve touched the careers of a bunch of great people at Concur. If I make it through a week like that having been a decent mom, an effective mentor, and a thoughtful leader – that’s a great week.

Week by week, every week that goes by, one week at a time. If I can say that I gave everything I had, performed my best, and brought my whole self to all of the exciting work I get to do – that’s really my greatest accomplishment.

What is unique about working at Concur?

There are so many unique and special things about Concur. What I love is that I get to get up every morning and work with an amazing group of people who are just as dedicated to our clients, our innovation engine, our growth, and experiencing new things as I am. It has to do with our culture, it has to do with our values and it has to do with the fact that we believe – fundamentally – that there’s an important role for us to play in making our little part of the world the way it should be. That means we take risks. It means we take chances. It means that everything we do doesn’t always see the light of day, but that we enjoy the pursuit and the process, and that more often than not we win.

What are your priorities over the next year?

I am focused on Concur and the people who work here. Ensuring the integration with SAP goes smoothly is a top priority. Continuing to support our sales, marketing, operations and HR on growing and hitting our goals.

How’s integration going with SAP?

The integration with SAP is going really well. We have several tracks at work: a product track, a go-to-market track, an IT track and a lot of other ancillary things going on as we seek to get the Business Network established, get the budgets in order and begin to check off the first couple of tasks in each work stream.

But by far the thing that has been most compelling is the people. Our new peers at SAP have welcomed us with open arms. It has been a joy to see some of the emails coming into my inbox. Even where people have a concern or an issue they always start with the most positive introductions and welcome to all of us.

We’re looking forward to what’s next. There is so much left to do. There are a lot of complex, moving parts. I have faith that we’re going to navigate all of it beautifully and see the growth trajectory that we’re all excited about.

What kind of impact will SAP have on Concur? What benefits will Concur customers see?

We’re excited to be a part of the SAP family. We’re excited about what it means to our people, our clients, and our ability to grow. We have clients to serve in communities we have yet to be in. We have an opportunity at the large end of the market where we used to compete head-to-head with SAP and now we get to go approach those clients and add value in true partnership together.


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