Keren Nimmo

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Keren Nimmo, Red RobinKeren Nimmo

Red Robin
Director of Enterprise Program Management Office (ePMO)

Years with company: Five years




Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • Bachelors of Science in Information Systems and Marketing, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Mentor Program at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
My most influential mentors were my parents.  Being a daughter to immigrant parents, they taught me the value of hard work, the importance of staying positive in the face of adversity, the courage to go after the things that you want and, most importantly, that anything is possible if you have drive, commitment and passion for what it is.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I am most proud of the relationships I have built, the team members I have helped develop and the people I may have inspired to go out and make a difference.  Recently, I have been trying to drive design-thinking, specifically human-centered design, into our organization.  I am proud of the progress and difference my team has made in igniting creativity, radical collaboration and innovation within our enterprise initiatives.

I believe every day is a defining moment.  It is the accidental collisions between people, events and happenstance that have created my defining moments and have driven the direction of my career.  Specifically, at Red Robin, I was brought in to improve IT credibility, create a discipline around project delivery and better align IT with the business.  My defining moment was when the organization saw the value of my team, beyond its current charter, and elevated the program management office to focus and manage all the enterprise initiatives for the company, not just IT initiatives.

Most challenging part of your job:
My job success hinges on my ability to influence others.  Being responsible for driving ideation to implementation on Red Robin’s most important enterprise initiatives, I am constantly challenged with ensuring alignment, accelerating decision-making, driving innovation, and taming complexity.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
My advice for young executives is to be sure to connect people to purpose, use a “show versus tell” approach when connecting people to your ideas, and focus on driving results (not activity).

My hobbies include snowboarding, graphic design, jewelry design and spending time with my family.