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Making HERstory - 127 Women In Congress And Counting

Famous Firsts in the 116th Congress

We all know the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. When that workplace happens to be where the laws shaping the future of the United States are made, it's not just important - it's vital. We've still got a long way to go for gender parity, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't celebrate our victories.

Check out 10 of our favorite "famous firsts" for women and diversity in the 116th Congress.

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Work-Life Integration

PowerToFly's Second Annual Secret Snowflake

How Our Remote Team Celebrates The Holidays

Before coming to PowerToFly, the company holiday parties I attended were radically different. There were gift exchanges, catered lunches, champagne, and lots of awkward interactions between co-workers (my favorite part). Sure, this was fun and all, but at the end of the day, I felt like I was missing something, and to quote a seasonal favorite, the Grinch;

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!

At PowerToFly, we're a small remote team spanning 12 different countries. We have a variety of backgrounds and beliefs, and we all celebrate different holidays.

So, instead of your typical "office holiday party," we have a "Secret Snowflake," where each employee is randomly assigned another employee and donates $10 to a charity in their honor. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about our Secret Snowflakes and get to know their teammates at the same time, as we ask around to learn more about our Snowflakes' interests, hobbies, and passions. (And of course, to contribute to some great causes.)

We spent time getting to know people we don't typically interact with on a day-to-day basis, while discovering charities and foundations all over the globe! Because we're all in different timezones, "small talk" isn't something we usually get to do a lot of, so meetings like this, where we have the opportunity to learn more about each other, are really special.

To me, this blending of cultures, understanding what my teammates truly value, and contributing to causes we care about (everything from the environment to animals to people in need), means more than any gift or catered meal, and embodies the true spirit of the holidays!

This year, our team donated over $300 to 30 the charities listed below:

  1. International Rescue Committe
  2. Karama Organization for Women and Children's Development
  3. Dizzy Feet Foundation
  4. Mutt Rescue
  5. Edo State Women Association
  6. Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana
  7. Texas Humane Heroes
  8. Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace
  9. Help Animals India
  10. Comedy Cures
  11. Palestine Charity Team
  12. Uniendo Caminos
  13. Animal Rescue of the Rockies
  14. Wounded Nature
  15. Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace
  16. Gilda's Club
  17. New Beginning Animal Rescue
  18. Women Who Code Kyiv
  19. The Trevor Project
  20. Sumando Manos Foundation
  21. Razom
  22. Ecuador Children's Hope Organization
  23. LAPA
  24. International Street Dog Foundation
  25. The DREAM Project
  26. Basic Research and Development Society
  27. Ecologia - Youth Trust
  28. Karumbe
  29. Spirit of Children
  30. CASA of Cook County

From the team at PowerToFly, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. See you in 2019!

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Happy Thanksgiving From PowerToFly

We're Thankful For You!

We have a lot to be thankful for at PowerToFly - a team that works hard from all over the globe, partners who are committed to creating diverse workforces, and an expanding community that sends us feedback we can grow from each day. We wouldn't be here without you, and we can't wait to see what the next few weeks (and years!) bring.

From our team at PowerToFly, we wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Some Of The Feedback We're Grateful For:

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"Great opportunity for women in technology to network and learn from different organizations."

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"I love the intimacy of the event, easy to connect with ladies thriving in various industries. Awesome conversations and women in my network."

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"Things have been very busy professionally and personally, but I always make it a point to come back to the PowerToFly VIP program because it helps me reach my highest professional potential."

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