Allyson Davidson, Ph.D.
I attempt to wake up before my two young kids so I can get a calm start on the day with just a moment or two of sanity! I work out of a dog-friendly co-working facility so I (electric-assist) bike the couple of miles there with my 70-lb rescue dog, Petra, behind me in her trailer. She’s the kind of dog who spreads goodwill and a sense of calm so she’s the perfect office dog.
Dark Horse has offered me such a wide variety of experience—a breadth of knowledge you’d never get at a single company. I encounter more each year here than in any five given years in the industry. In an average month, I’d say we’re all working with 3-10 clients and that keeps it incredibly interesting.
Growing up, my primary intent was to go to college (I’m a first-generation college grad) but I didn’t have a particular avenue in mind other than a kid-sized dream of being a movie critic. My math and science teachers were so supportive and encouraged me to apply to elite schools as a means of getting a more complete financial aid package and sure enough, I ended up with a full ride to Vanderbilt. I liked my schooling but the culture shock of moving from rural Idaho was intense, so I focused on my end goal of getting a job. I met my husband through a craigslist ad for a housemate and we were friends for a long time before realizing that actually, were a lot more than friends. And just like that, every step forward has been about opening my eyes to the possibilities around me and making the most out of every opportunity.