8 Questions with Tehilla Becker
In “8 Questions With…,” we share a brief Q&A with a staff member. In this edition, we hear from Tehilla Becker, Project Associate, who joined the Rosov Consulting team in 2018, with a background in organizational development, human resources, and quantitative research.
1. What’s your area(s) of expertise and how has it been beneficial and led to success in your work?
My graduate degree is in Social-Organizational Psychology, with an emphasis on research and statistical analysis. As such, a primary area of focus for me is quantitative analysis. At Rosov Consulting, I’m often involved in the process of developing and analyzing surveys and administering them to our clients.
Over the past few years, I’ve also run group dynamics workshops and one-on-one interviews, experiences that taught me how to ask focused questions and glean important and relevant information from conversations. These skills are helpful in my day-to-day work at RC, particularly in my involvement in the qualitative side of the research we do.
2. What experiences have led you into your current career path?
When I was 20 years old, following my National Service in Israel, I studied Judaic Studies at an all-girls program (Migdal Oz) for the year. My experiences there guided me in deciding what to study, and very much shaped the trajectory of my career. Analytic methodologies used for Bible study and the inquisitive nature of Talmud study were very much stressed. The emphasis on challenging assumptions, curiosity, and bringing proofs for arguments was captivating and engaging. We were taught that disputes are valuable only when considering the person who stands before you. This unique approach that combines examination and critical thinking, while being sensitive to human needs at the same time, impacted many aspects of my life, including my career.
During my summers in high school and college, I had the privilege of being a counselor at various Jewish camps and summer programs, both in Israel and in the United States. These experiential, immersive summers are strongly etched in my memory. Even more incredible than the experiences themselves is the impact I have seen them have on so many individuals over time. I am inspired when former campers tell me they’ve taken on leadership positions and advocacy roles on their college campuses. Understanding the impact of these camp experiences helped to pique my interest devoting my professional life to the growth of the Jewish people and to measuring the impact of long-term processes on our community.
3. What do you like learning about most through your work?
One of the things that I enjoy doing at Rosov Consulting is conducting literature reviews for various projects. Learning what contemporary research has to say about informal education, immersive experiences, Jewish communal life, and so much more helps us weave our own findings into the rich tapestry of research on the Jewish community.
4. What do you like most about working at Rosov Consulting?
The team. I am blessed to work for a company that values teamwork and collaboration. Every project includes various team members, each of whom brings their own unique perspective and experience to the conversation. What I value even more is that I know that I can turn to any of my colleagues at any point during the day, whether they are based in Jerusalem, New Jersey, or Berkeley, whether they are currently working on a project with me or not, for advice, guidance, or just a good laugh.
5. What are some challenges of your work?
We work with a variety of organizations, many of which I feel personally connected to and invested in their success. At times, our research yields findings that may be less than encouraging; a result that may be both challenging to convey to the client and to personally accept.
6. What have been the biggest changes in the field and/or your work specifically since you started?
I consider myself very fortunate to work for a company that values professional development. As part of my professional development, I recently began working on organizational development and focusing on internal systems and processes. This additional piece of work, along with being interesting and informative, allows me to incorporate what I studied in college into our day-to-day work as a thriving and developing company.
7. How do you think your job and/or the field might change in the next 10 years?
The world of data analytics is rapidly changing with the development of new tools for data analysis on an almost daily basis. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are just some examples of new tools that will likely assist and impact data collection and analysis in the coming years.
8. What do you think is essential reading to excel in your field?
Give and Take. In this book, Adam Grant introduces a new perspective to success, that highlights what effective interactions have in common. It has many meaningful implications on our day-to-day relationships, both personal and professional, and can undoubtedly be of value to those wishing to positively impact both the teams on which they work and the clients with whom they interact.