Meet Luda! We are lucky to have Luda on staff as our global people & culture director.
We connected with Luda to ask some questions about her work, background, and joys. Read below for her answers!
Q: What stood out about Splash in the hiring process?
The thing that stood out to me most in the hiring process was the Splash commitment to global excellence. Everyone, no matter where they are located, is dedicated to making the world a better place. I’m proud to be part of such a thoughtful and meaningful organization.
Q: What is unique about your role?
The role of director of people & culture brings together employees and organizational culture to help us to be our best. The role is unique because I have the honor and privilege in engaging members of our organization in multiple countries as well as on multiple levels. Beyond the administrative functions of human resources, this position is about maintaining a culture of inclusion and belonging. Although we all have a responsibility to cultivate a welcoming organization, I enjoy the fact that I can be a part of that every day
Q: What does your ideal world look like? What are your hopes for the future?
An ideal world is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and peaceful. My hope for the future includes a world that is environmentally friendly and culturally competent. We could all use an extra bit of hope these days.
Q: What do you know now that you wish you would have known at the start of your career?
The field of human resources continues to evolve beyond my wildest imagination. I wish I knew that the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion was going to become something as prevalent as it is today earlier in my career. Formal DEI workshops didn’t really exist when I began my career. I wish everyone could learn more about diversity, empathy, and conflict resolution earlier in their lives. Our world would be a more peaceful place. Fortunately, my family and lived experiences helped shaped my perspective on understanding and embracing difference.
Q: Fun fact about your dog, Mylo?
He is an Australian labradoodle, which makes him globally minded, like our entire family.
Q: Coffee or tea?
Tea always. My routine includes a secret blend of fresh ginger, the finest Kenyan tea, and just the right amount of Almond Barista blend. Why? My tea routine sets the tone for my day. A consistent start with a hot cup of peace and tranquility prepares me for whatever challenges the day may offer.
Q: “Kids say the darndest things” — true or false?
True and false. Kids are a raw reflection of our society. We must be mindful that adults model the behavior children adopt. If we are intolerant, rude, or aggressive, those traits will likely manifest themselves in our youth. They share a truth often unfiltered.
Q: Finish this sentence: When I grow up, I want to be…
We always ask people what they want to be when they grow up. The real question we should be asking is what problems we want to solve in the world when we grow up. I want to be the best version of me when I grow up and I want to help others solve their problems along the way.
Q: Is there a fun fact or story behind your name?
My name is Luda. My name has a Russian origin; it means “favor of the people” or “loved by people.” It consists of two elements: lud (“people”) and mila (“dear, love”).
Q: Which way do you think the toilet paper roll should go on the wall?
Either way. I’m flexible, but if you think it is okay to leave an empty roll behind on the wall, think again. If you finish the roll, replace it. Courtesy is key.