Top Workplaces - Page 50 - Winner Small Business Leader - Angie Lienert, Intelligenisis

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Winner Small Business Leader - Angie Lienert, Intelligenisis

Creating a company where she’d want to work

 

Angie Lienert set out to establish the kind of company that, as she puts it, “I would want to work for.”

 

Along the way she became the kind of business leader that others want to work for.

 

Lienert began her career as an Arabic linguist with the Air Force. After six years’ military service, she joined Booz Allen Hamilton for four years. After switching to BAE Systems in 2004, she struck out on her own in 2007, founding IntelliGenesis.

 

She succeeded in building a firm that initially served defense and intelligence clients in the federal government with intelligence analysis, language analysis, machine learning/ data science, software development and computer network operations. It has since branched out into the commercial sector.

 

Lienert has developed a reputation for hiring and helping former military personnel and their spouses, the kind of people who appreciate and respect the mission.

 

She has been recognized for her success with other leadership honors and most recently was named 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year for Maryland by Ernst & Young.

 

IntelliGenesis’s 76 employees recognize and appreciate her leadership. “Angie is a go-getter,” said one. “She is very determined to make this company the best company to work for.”

 

“Angie is our strong leader with our best interests in mind,” another said. Lienert took some time from running IntelliGenesis to answer a few questions from The Baltimore Sun about leadership:

 

What is a leader’s role in building a place people want to work?

 

Fundamentally, it’s leading by example and building a culture dedicated to employee growth and wellness. It’s providing a springboard for your employees’ careers while maintaining our corporate values and goals.

 

What is your influence on your organization’s culture?

 

Having been an employee in this industry, I set out to create a company that I would want to work for. Culturally, I’m the driver. From when I originally outlined our