Meet Our Employees
Meet Our Employees
Meet Krystal Tranby! Sr. Bid Writer located at our Minnesota office.
Tell us about yourself!
I grew up all over the Twin Cities, transferring to 12 schools over the course of my elementary and secondary years. This gave me exposure to a wide range of school cultures and learning environments, as well to new situations and people. I think this helped form me into the person I am: I like meeting and working with new people, but I also crave stability.
While attending college I began working part-time at a personal injury law firm. When I completed school, I was hired on full-time. I developed trusting relationships with clients and wrote both persuasive and technical documents for cases. Apparently the law firm provided the stability I needed at the time, as I ended up working there for 10 years! Little did I know that it would also prepare me for my next career chapter.
How did you hear about Edmentum?
Although I loved the law firm and the people I worked with, I felt stuck in my career. During my time there I realized I did not want to pursue law school but also did not have many other options within that field. That is when a friend of mine told me about a job opening at Edmentum for a writing position. The rest is history! I have now been at Edmentum for a little over 2 years and am happy I took the leap from law to education. And, I love that I’ve had opportunities to grow in my role here.
What are you and your department responsible for?
The Bid Operations team is responsible for handling all aspects of the Request for Proposal process. We write precise, effective proposals that are on brand and professional to meet the customer’s stated needs. For those who aren’t aware of what an RFP is, it is a request from the customer for vendors to submit proposal responses to show how our solutions match their stated needs (i.e., credit recovery, intervention, etc.). Our team also creates sales proposals when requested and responds to program or technical questionnaires for presentations, vendor approvals, etc. And, our team is growing! It used to be just two bid writers. We now have a full-time content editor, as well as three writers, and I am excited to be a part of this expanding (and did I mention awesome?) team.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your job?
I think it is both the little things and big things that add up to create a cool and happy workplace. I enjoy the people I work with (both in the office and remote). Whether bantering, sending funny videos or tunes, or taking little strolls to Caribou or around the lake to decompress, I’m surrounded by very fun people. The people I work closely with go above and beyond to help me get the information I need (Spivey, you know I’m talking about you). Lately I’ve been involved in enhancing and creating new processes for our team, which is super exciting. It’s also always rewarding getting an e-mail saying we won a bid or how awesome the customer thought our proposal was.
What activities are you interested in outside of work?
I try to live an all-around enjoyable life—big moments and small ones—but as a wife and mom, many of those moments are small. My world consists of things like freshly painted fingernails and toes courtesy of Alexis (my tween daughter from another mother), recording videos of my spunky 3-year-old Eden singing her own versions of songs like “Uptown Funk,” (“Fill my cup, put some MILKY in it”), taking in all the coos and smiles of my super sweet 6-month-old babe, Ashlyn, drive-in movies with the family, BBQs, and days at the beach or pool with friends. I love the outdoors and enjoy spending time outside (the few days a year we have nice days), whether at a playground with my toddler, on a trip hiking through the mountains, skiing, or lying on a beach. At one time I had a little oasis in my backyard, but because I’m a sucker for animals, my oasis has been converted to a play pit for my crazy one-year-old lab mix, Oakley. I love music of all sorts and thoroughly enjoy going to concerts, which has become a rarity these days. Upcoming concerts include Awolnation and Brandi Carlile.
What are your professional goals?
I am always working to grow within my role here at Edmentum. I recently received a promotion to senior bid writer and look forward to taking on more project management roles and responsibility within our team. One exciting aspect of this is refining our existing processes to develop and accommodate the team’s growth.
Have you had influential mentors that helped you get to where you are now in your career?
Although I could write about several influential people in my life, my dad is probably top on my list. When I was 11, he was in a serious motorcycle accident with a drunk driver, permanently disabling him. Doctors said he would be completely paralyzed from the neck down. But, he surprised everyone! Not only is he able to walk, he has a fulfilling family life and career. Witnessing my dad overcome multiple health challenges over the years, while having him as my cheerleader, gave me the mind-set to really persevere in all of my roles at home and work. Also, after being a part of his legal trials, I gained a strong sense for seeking justice and helping others. This is what initially led me down the law path. I think my current role–supporting fellow Edmentum staff, as well as children’s education–also fulfills that aspiration.
In addition, my friend and former manager, Jessica, is a mentor. She pushed me to take the leap of switching careers and challenged me to expand my horizons. She helped me realize my full potential, boosting my confidence in my abilities and skills.