Baylee Thompson launched her career at Casella in 2019 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. What began as a chance to serve customers as a care team representative, quickly grew into an unexpected opportunity to explore professional areas of passion and expertise for Thompson as she transitioned to the financial side of the business.
Having now held roles as an accounts payable specialist and most recently a staff accountant for the Burlington and Montpelier locations, Thompson feels her career aspirations have not only been supported company-wide, but embraced by co-workers across various departments, making a positive impact on her long-term career path.
“I am beyond grateful to work for a company that pushes for both professional and personal improvement,” she said.
Further showcasing her career-focused mentality, Thompson was recently awarded one of eight spots as a 2021 National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Women’s Council Scholar, along with receiving a $5,000 academic scholarship. Established in 2007, the educational scholarship program provides funding to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of education leading to active careers in the environmental industry. As an NWRA member, all Casella employees are eligible to apply for scholarship funds on an annual basis.
Thompson credits both her passion for professional development and desire to grow within the company to the consistent encouragement and support of her mentors.
“Ever since I started with Casella, I have been fortunate to have team leaders, managers, and co-workers that all strive to be and do better and want to see those around them achieve the same,” reflected Thompson. “Specifically for this scholarship, I had three letters of recommendation from my mentors within the company, Customer Care Manager Bridget Jakubowski, Accounting Manager Debbie McPhee, and Senior Director of Business Development and Strategy Liza Casella. All three of these well-respected women in the company have always had my best interest at heart and have given me great advice on a wide array of topics to help me reach both my personal and professional goals.”
Thompson has been attending Champlain College full-time since last spring working towards her accounting degree through the school’s online program. She plans to utilize her scholarship award to help fund her remaining year in the program and continue her commitment to the sustainability field.
“I hope to ultimately use both of my degrees to assist with accomplishing company-wide goals and initiatives during my career at Casella,” Thompson said of her next chapter. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”