Abe Lietz joined the KinderCare Education family in December. Our new Chief Information Officer is excited to take the company’s IT operations to the next level to fuel our growth. Abe’s career in IT started when he was just a junior in high school as a software engineer intern – a far cry from his original aspiration in life: to be a doctor. Learn more about Abe below!
Why did you join KinderCare Education?
I decided to join KinderCare based on two key drivers. First, I was impressed and fully aligned to the mission and values of the company and was excited to be part of that mission to positively impact children’s education and care, as well as help enable our growth. Second, I was excited about the opportunity to lead a transformation of IT to become a strategic partner across our business and use technology as an enabler for our growth.
What excites you most about your role?
Having young children myself, I very much appreciate the importance of quality care and early education as part of their development. What “gets me out of bed every day” is knowing that in my role, I have the opportunity to work with my team and my peers and use technology to enrich the experience for the children and families in our care, every day. In addition, I truly believe technology will play a crucial role in fueling our growth and as such, am excited to be able to seize those opportunities and be a part of the positive impact they will have on our families and the health of the company overall.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
First and foremost, I enjoy spending time with my family. Beyond that, I have a few hobbies including snowboarding and golf, as well as being pretty handy around the house and spend some time doing minor home construction projects.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Being a leader & manager means different things to different folks. For me, it was very motivating to be able to mentor and coach individuals to help them meet both their personal and professional development goals. As such, I am most proud of being a part of many team members lives and helped coach and mentor them; many of which have gone on to do great things have become amazing leaders themselves. Knowing that I have made a positive impact on the lives of those folks is what I am most proud of.
What was your first job? What did you want to be when you grew up?
Prior to high school, I always wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. However, as I became more familiar with computers and technology overall, I became “hooked” and spent almost all of my free time learning how computers worked and how to write software. In the summer of my junior year in high school, I got the opportunity to intern as a software engineer at Qualcomm. Even though the internship was supposed to be temporary, I ended up working with Qualcomm to stay on part time during my last year of high school and then full-time thereafter and as such, it turned out to be my first “real” job.