Dom and mountains

An Ellucian fit lifestyle

Key takeaways

  • Since joining Ellucian, Dom has been able to maintain and establish relationships in the organisation by remaining active.
  • With the support and encouragement of his team, Dom has been able to maintain a work-life balance.

My #ellucianlife journey began in Orlando in the Sunshine State. I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time while also working full-time, so needless to say, I was always running around. Health and fitness were consistently an interest and priority, leading me to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. (Go Knights! #ChargeOn.) Being a full-time student and professional paved my path toward an #ellucianfit lifestyle that carries over in my work today.

In 2017, I was ready for my next challenge. I moved to Virginia. The very next day I was interviewing in the new Reston HQ for a sales development position. I had always been intrigued by the DC area and the determined young professionals that were driving change and moving the needle every day. Everything came together perfectly.

Dom hiking

As a young professional and employee, I appreciate the fact that Ellucian offers guidance and tracks for career growth. As a professional looking to advance within the sales organisation, it is a huge reason why I made the move and chose to work here.

I found a place at Ellucian that was a great fit for me, partly because the Inside Sales team fosters an environment that is inviting and encouraging. My colleagues are hardworking, smart individuals that motivate me to do my best. It is worth mentioning that before I moved to Virginia, I did not know anyone here besides my sister, Lisa. I was, and continue to be, lucky to be surrounded by a group of open and accepting colleagues who were always encouraging and inviting—especially when I did not know anyone. In fact, the place where I bonded most with members of my Ellucian team was through exercising and playing sports.

Dom and team members

As a health major, I learned a lot about the body, and I always do my best to eat and practice healthy habits (though I do love a few cheat meals)! One of my first activities with the entire sales squad was playing kickball. Our team, “Kickin’ SaaS,” was always out there to have a good time. My daily ritual revolves around my career and taking care of my body, so working out is a must. I found a few team members who share this value to be fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, so we hit the gym together and are always encouraging others to join!

In the warmer months, I make it a point to get outside and be active while enjoying the beautiful environment Virginia has to offer, at places like Great Falls, Shenandoah National Park, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. A few of us have done that together, too, and had a great time.

I feel fortunate to work for a company that is so supportive of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Along with creating space for our team members to form relationships outside of the office, Ellucian offers a variety of wellness programmes to encourage healthy living. One of our new benefits for this year was a Flex Programme that offers a $350 reimbursement that can be applied to a variety of activities that promote healthy living, such as gym memberships, fitness classes, massage therapy, fitness equipment, and marathon/race fees.

Dom hiking group

Being active keeps you healthy, motivated, and provides you with a community of like-minded individuals. I bring this mentality to not only my health but also my work ethic: hungry and always striving for a new challenge. I look forward to seeing what my future holds with Ellucian!

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About the Author
Dominic Leone
Dominic Leone
Sales Development Representative

Dominic Leone is a Sales Development Representative at Ellucian. He joined the Ellucian team in 2017 and works out of the Reston office. He is a Florida native and studied health sciences in his bachelor's programme.