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OneLogin, Inc.

OneLogin Employee Spotlight: Alexa Slinger

Below is an article originally written by Tony Smith, Marketing Communications Manager at PowerToFly Partner OneLogin, and published on October 17, 2019. Go to OneLogin's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do as a business. We have offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, Redmond, and London and a globally-distributed network of remote employees. The dispersion of our staff necessitates a culture of collaboration. That culture extends to our relationships with partners and customers, which we rely on to develop and deliver exceptional products and customer experiences.

A culture of collaboration doesn't merely exist. It's a value we strive to foster among our employees, which is why we acknowledge our team members who best demonstrate our collaborative values. This month we recognized OneLogin Customer Enablement Operations Manager Alexa Slinger.

Alexa is collaborative by nature. Not only has she worked in San Francisco, and now, OneLogin's Atlanta office, she's also a valuable resource to our customers. Alexa oversees our Customer Enablement program, in addition to managing our ever-popular Lunch & Learn series (There's a free lunch, you know?). We recently sat with Alexa to learn more about her role at OneLogin and life outside the company. We hope you enjoy!

What does a typical day at OneLogin look like for you?

There are no typical days for me at OneLogin! It's one of the things I love most about what I do. It could vary between event planning or traveling for a Lunch & Learn event, working in the San Francisco or Atlanta office, building or facilitating a Customer Enablement session, or assisting OneLogin clients.

You were recently given the OneLogin Values Award for "Most Collaborative." What does being collaborative mean to you?

To me, collaborative means partnering with other OneLogin team members or departments to work together on a project, effort, or helping a client. Whether that means working with our professional services & training team to expand the customer enablement program, building a marketing plan for the Lunch & Learn events with our customer marketing team, or aligning with the account management team to ensure clients have the OneLogin products they need for their Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution, it's all about working together toward a common goal.

What are you currently working on?

I'm currently focused on a few different projects. First, our upcoming Lunch & Learn events - one at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in October and another in November at Evernote's offices in Austin, TX. Secondly, continuing to build and host enablement sessions for the OneLogin client base. Finally, as we move into Q4, I'm thinking about my 2020 vision and what's to come!

What are some things you enjoy doing outside of work?

Outside of work, one of my favorite things to do is travel. So far in 2019, I've visited four countries - Mexico, Thailand, France, and the Netherlands. I've taken a cross-country roadtrip during my move from California to Georgia, and have spent time in twelve of the fifty states. When I'm not traveling or spending time with friends, I'm a homebody who enjoys reading (most recently - The Party by Elizabeth Day and I am currently working my way through The Handmaid's Tale) and watching my guilty pleasure - reality TV.

Identity is the core of our business and who we are as individuals. In a few words, tell us what makes you unique!

What makes me unique? I'd say it's been selling all my belongings and moving somewhere new. I've found that's not a common thing for most people and I've done it three times in the last five years! Besides that, I must make my bed every morning before I leave my home and I love to discuss security, statistics and all things identity! #MFAEVERYTHING!

Interested in contributing to a culture of collaboration? You're in luck! We're hiring for a variety of roles across our rapidly-growing company. Check out the latest openings on our PowerToFly page!

Optoro

Meet Caitlin Henry - Optoro's Software Development Lead

Below is an article originally written by Sarah Foulke at PowerToFly Partner Optoro, and published on February 28, 2019. Go to Optoro's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Optoro is made up of a diverse collection of individuals who have come together to achieve a single mission–to transform the reverse logistics industry by finding homes for used and excess goods. We like to highlight that diversity with our Employee Spotlight blog series, during which we sit down with an employee every month to hear a little bit about the people who make the Optoro culture so distinctive.

How would you describe yourself in 10 keywords or fewer?
Go big or go home.

What is your role at Optoro, and what do you do?
I'm the software development lead for the Return to Vendor team. We make a product that helps our client manage a workflow to return items to their original manufacturers for credit, based on agreements that retailers have with their vendors. I work with the other developers on my team, as well as design, product management, and quality engineering to develop and deliver new features to the Return to Vendor product.

What did you do before Optoro, and why did you choose to work at Optoro?
Before Optoro, I worked as a software developer at another DC startup. I chose to come to Optoro to get a new experience with a different technology and a larger team. I was attracted to the mission, product, and vision at Optoro, and knew that this was a place where I could grow my career. The company is in a really exciting place right now, and I thought it was a great time to join the team.

What is the most important thing you have learned since starting at Optoro?
If you're afraid to do something, you should do it more often.

What is the best part of working at Optoro?
I think Optoro is especially unique in the way that everyone truly cares about each other. People say that a lot, but it does really feel different to me here. Everyone I work with is constantly seeking out ways to collaborate to get to a team goal. People are open and honest about what they feel is working and what isn't, and everyone is always trying to make Optoro a better place for all employees to work.

What would you most likely be doing on a normal Saturday afternoon in your free time?
Most weekends you'll find me exploring DC and all it has to offer! I sold my car about a year and a half ago and I'm loving my car-free life. My fiance and I are usually going for a run in Rock Creek Park, working on projects in our new condo, trying out new restaurants with friends, or kicking back with our cat and watching some terrible reality television.

Scout RFP

Meet the Scouts: Allison, Director of Customer Success

Below is an article originally written by Allison Yount, the Director of Customer Success at PowerToFly Partner Scout RFP. Go to Scout RFP's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

In Meet the Scouts, we get to know the people (sourcerers, if you will) who make the Scout magic possible. This week, meet Allison Yount, our Director of Customer Success!

From the time we begin walking and talking, we're asked what we want to be when we grow up. Although our answers at a young age typically run along the lines of, "astronaut," "police officer," or "doctor," it's clear that we're pushed to know our life's destiny from as early as we can remember.

At age six, I wanted to be a cupcake baker — vanilla ones with pink frosting only, of course. Over the years, my career has taken me from aspiring cupcake baker to elementary school teacher to what I am today: Director of Customer Success at Scout RFP.

I started my career at Scout as the first sales rep (and seventh employee) back in 2015, generating leads and cold calling as quickly as my fingers could dial. As I grew within my role – and my company – I transitioned from pre-sales to account management, closing a few deals along the way, and now I run the Customer Success department for Scout.

It's a winding path, I know, but sometimes it takes time spent on different experiences to help you land where you're meant to be. I am confident that I wouldn't be in my current position, supporting a team that serves over 100 enterprise customers, if it hadn't been for all the other positions that led up to it.

For example, I discovered how much I love coaching and supporting others when I taught elementary school, and found my entrepreneurial spirit through cold calling and learning to gain prospects' trust. I loved selling to and connecting with prospects, but knew that the relationships I was building were too valuable to me to pass off when a meeting was scheduled. These realizations formed a clear direction for me and led me to my current position in Customer Success. Now, my team and I build relationships with prospects and customers on a daily basis and provide them with the support they need to be successful in their own jobs. I oversee an energetic, growing team that I'm fortunate enough to support and guide, and I am able to incorporate my love of sales into everyday conversations as I coach my team to secure upsells and renewals.

Scout is a place that not only accepted these career discoveries, but it encouraged and supported them. It's here that my various strengths and interests converged; it's here that I found my niche. It's exciting to be part of a company that is growing so quickly, but it's even more exciting to be part of a company that wants its employees to grow professionally in tandem.

So, to other people with winding career paths, I have this advice: Embrace it — and find a company who feels the same way. After all, it takes at least a few tries to get anything right, and your entire career and life plan are no exception. Enjoy the journey!

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