I cannot speak highly enough about Tiffany Chhuom as a manager, cultivator of talent, project supervisor, mental health expert, and leader. As someone who has co-authored papers with Tiffany, worked on projects collaboratively with Tiffany, and (early in my career) been supervised and mentored by Tiffany….The first thing you need to understand about Tiffany is that she gets things done. I have seen Tiffany oversee many projects; each time, she exceeds expectations. As someone who has both worked alongside and under Tiffany, I can tell you that she inspires those who work with her and underneath her to do their best. She pursues excellence, and she inspires others to do the same. She is goal-driven: she wants programs and projects to be successful, and it shows…….I believe Tiffany has been so successful because she cares about the projects she oversees. She manages large, complex projects with a combination of professional expertise, wise delegation, and clear organization. She leads by example, but she also is careful to protect her time and keep her resources available to ensure big projects stay on track.
As a manager of people, Tiffany attunes well to her staff. She intuitively ‘gets’ the people she works with, which makes her an incredibly effective manager. She knows when to relate, when to push, when to listen, and when to let people vent. At the same time, she can make the tough calls as needed. I suspect you could ask any of her former employees and hear a similar story.
Finally, she is a cultivator of talent. She has been a mentor to many up-and-coming professionals in the psychological and mental health world, yours truly among them. As a successful faculty member at a research university in the Seattle area, I can proudly say I am where I am in part because Tiffany not only recruits but develops good talent.