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Stu LeesApr 11, 2024 11:26:40 PM2 min read

Rae's Journey: From Tech Enthusiast to Consulting Pioneer

Rae's Journey: From Tech Enthusiast to Consulting Pioneer



Rae's narrative highlights the convergence of technology, mental health, and business innovation. Her work at Hurricane Consulting is a beacon for those looking to revolutionize workplace cultures through empathetic, technological savvy, and strategic insights.


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Rae's path from a passionate tech lover to the founder of Hurricane Consulting is a compelling story of growth, innovation, and the pursuit of combining mental health insights with technology to improve business strategies. This article delves into Rae's experiences with Atlassian tools, her engagement with the Atlassian community, the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the tech industry, and the critical role of mental health in professional development and workplace culture.


Discovering Atlassian Tools: A New Direction

Rae's first encounter with Atlassian tools came unexpectedly while working in tech support, leading to a surprise promotion to Product Manager. This new role introduced her to the capabilities of Atlassian tools, sparking a love affair with their intuitive design and functionality, particularly Jira. Her involvement in the Atlassian creators program further solidified her connection to the tech community, providing a platform to share insights, collaborate, and learn from others.


AI: Shaping the Future of Work

As we stand on the cusp of an AI revolution, Rae sees immense potential for these technologies to redefine our professional lives. Within the scope of Atlassian tools and beyond, AI can enhance project management, customer support, and team collaboration. Rae envisions a future where AI supports customer success teams by streamlining communication and empathetic interactions, thereby reducing the emotional labor required in customer service roles.


Championing Mental Health in Tech

Rae's advocacy for mental health stems from her personal struggles and the realization of the disparities in access to mental health resources. Through Hurricane Consulting, Rae aims to integrate mental health considerations into business strategies and workplace cultures, fostering environments where individuals feel valued and supported. Her goal is to unlock the full potential of individuals by creating more empathetic and understanding workplaces.



Rae's journey from a tech enthusiast to a consulting innovator exemplifies the power of integrating technology with a deep understanding of human psychology and mental wellness. By harnessing Atlassian tools, exploring the potential of AI, and prioritizing mental health, Rae has carved a niche in improving workplace dynamics. Her story is a testament to the possibilities that lie in embracing change, fostering community, and prioritizing well-being in the professional realm.



Stu Lees

Stu is the VP of Marketing and Partnerships at Revyz Inc. With a career spanning over 25 years in IT, Stu runs the global marketing and partnership teams for the Revyz business and is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Stu has worked in a wide variety of arenas that include 15 years in senior leadership roles in enterprise IT as well as running his own technology integration company from 2006-2013. Stu is involved as a leader in the Auckland Atlassian ACE group and speaks frequently in webinars on both cyber security and marketing.