It’s #membermonday! Check out this week’s featured member, Zandra Minor. Zandra has been a Capitol Post Founders member since August of 2015. Read more about her journey below.
Member & CEO
Military Service: U.S. Army
Branch/Specialty: I served as an active duty Army logistics officer (Quartermaster) for five years and then two years as a Reserve officer teaching ROTC.
So, what do you do and how do you do it?
The federal government has over 600 HR systems, 250 acquisition systems, and 1500 IT management systems. Wow, that’s a massive amount. And it leads to a lot of overlapping technologies and processes. By not transitioning these redundancies into shared services, the government is leaving $50B in potential annual savings on the table. Evaluating the shared services market is a difficult and complex process for functional leaders. At Z Street Consulting, we provide federal agencies with the HR shared services and HRIT consulting knowledge that will energize them to perform at peak efficiency and effectiveness, leverage economies of scale, and enhance their capacity to achieve their organizational missions.
What has been the most challenging part about transitioning from military service?
Returning from my second deployment and starting graduate school full-time. The shift from being in the field to being in an academic environment challenged me to think in ways I had not done since undergrad. While painful at first, it reinvigorated me to continue learning, try new things, and pursue my professional passions.
Tell us how you ended up where you are in your company.
After graduate school, I took a job at a Big 4 consulting firm in the DC area serving federal clients. I really enjoyed the work; however, I recognized early on that I wanted more autonomy. After supporting multiple federal clients on a range of different projects, I launched my own consulting firm in 2014 with a focus on a topic I am most interested in – HR shared services. Shortly after taking the leap into entrepreneurship, I landed my first subcontract with NASA’s Office of Human Capital Management. I credit my strong Army and West Point network for many of the opportunities that have made my business both successful and enjoyable.
In the last 5 years, what is the greatest change you have made in your life that has made you a better person?
I have grown the most over the past few years as I have grown my family. I founded Z Street Consulting when my twin girls were only 6 months old, and then 3 years later I had a son. Having young kids while also running a full-time business constantly tests my patience and forces me to make conscious decisions about how I prioritize work and family in a healthy way.
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift? Or, what are the one or two books that have greatly influenced your life?
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – I have read this book a few times and often flip through it as a reminder of who I want to be professionally and how I can keep taking steps to try and get there.
Honestly, why did you join the Capitol Post family? And what has been the biggest impact so far?
Capitol Post has been an amazing resource to me for five years. I was fortunate to be introduced to Emily McMahan by my older brother Lucas, who is her West Point classmate, at the same time Emily was standing up Capitol Post. I was in the ideation phase of my business, and mentors from Capitol Post (as well as the Alexandria Small Business Development Center) gave me the confidence to write a business plan, quit my job, and ultimately establish the company. A year after being in operation, I joined the first Bunker Labs DC cohort to reflect on and refine my strategic plan. Bunker Labs DC connected me with fellow veterans in similar business stages across multiple industries. I not only learned a great deal from them but also had the opportunity to apply real-world case studies from the curriculum to my own business challenges. I enjoy being a part of the Capitol Post family and believe it is a wonderful resource for transitioning service members and aspiring vetrepreneurs.