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Stripe

Stripe Stories: Meet Amber Feng

Below is an article originally written by Amber Feng at PowerToFly Partner Stripe. Go to Stripe's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

When I first joined Stripe, we were tiny–I interviewed with everyone at the company! Without the lure or credibility of Stripe's reputation or brand, what really attracted me to the company was the team.

I wanted to work with people who were brilliant, and everyone was not only that (it was an impressive roster of folks who'd started or built previously successful businesses and products, built popular open source frameworks, and so on), but also the most down-to-earth and most humble people I'd ever met. Today, we're a team of over 450, but we've worked hard and preserved the same feeling: incredibly high-caliber and thoughtful teams, with a culture of transparency, humility, and respect.

Stripe is rapidly expanding in so many ways, and it's a really exciting place to be. We've been able to take on the projects we could only dream of as "wouldn't that be awesome to have someday" a few years back, like Atlas, and I can only imagine what we'll be able to accomplish as we continue to grow.

One of the things I'm most excited about is "leveling the playing field" for new businesses. The world is full of great ideas, and we've made it so much easier for anyone with a great idea to immediately start iterating and building a business–you shouldn't have to need deep partnerships or teams of people to build a unique payments model (an incumbent's advantage!). We're hoping this will only get easier with the infrastructure we'll be building to power businesses around the world. I'm looking forward to it!

Compass

Meet the Women Tech Leaders at Compass

If you are interested in attending this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

It's PowerToFly's goal to connect women in tech with fast-growing companies. That's why we've partnered with real estate game changer Compass to present a one-night-only evening with their women tech leaders.

The event will take place on Thursday December 6th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Compass HQ, located at 90 5th Ave, 11th Floor, New York, NY.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Food & Drinks
  • 6:30pm - Event Kickoff with PowerToFly
  • 6:35pm - Keynote Address by Compass
  • 6:45pm - Product Demo
  • 6:55pm - Panel Discussion featuring Women Tech Leaders at Compass
  • 7:05pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:20pm - Networking Continues over Food & Drinks

Founded in 2012, Compass operates in 17 regions across the United States. While you don't need to be interested in new opportunities to attend the event, Compass is growing quickly and is looking for some amazing women to join their team. Visit their page on PowerToFly to learn more about open roles.

Here's what Fast Company had to say about Compass: "And it's no wonder Compass has shaken things up: As anyone who's ever tried to rent or buy property in New York knows, the experience is loaded with pain points - exactly the type of stuff that turns mere ideas into thriving startups."

About PowerToFly Events: All attendees who RSVP are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and Compass cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About Compass: Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry's top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless. Compass' mission is to help everyone find their place in the world.

Deloitte

Deloitte Career Journey: Sylvia Taylor

Working mom and military spouse

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Deloitte. Go to Deloitte's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

"When you're 22, fresh out of college, and exposed to real-world clients for the first time, it's tough because you don't have that life experience yet. When I came back to Deloitte, I had that experience, and it helped me adapt again to the professional world."

— Sylvia Taylor, Deloitte US Office of Confidentiality & Privacy, Austin.

Encore Program

In 2006, five years into her first stint at Deloitte, Sylvia left Deloitte when the military relocated her husband Patrick, a US Navy pilot, to rural California, where she opted for a local industry position. "Despite being a Navy base, many are built out in the middle of mountains and desert, rather than near the coast." After California, they moved again to the high desert of Nevada, placing her hundreds of miles from the nearest Deloitte office. Forced to leave her industry job, she took advantage of this time to start a family while pursuing a professional certification as well as her master's degree.

Still, Deloitte remained on her radar. "I always said that I'd like to try to come back." So when circumstances took her family back east to the DC area, Sylvia applied to Deloitte's Encore program, an 11-week course for people who've left the professional world for an extended period of time. Encore hones skills, builds professional confidence, and prepares people for the return to a high-performance environment. The program rekindled Sylvia's passion for Risk and Financial Advisory and for Deloitte. Following it, she immediately stepped into a senior consultant role in Deloitte's Richmond, Virginia office.

Her return to Deloitte has been far less turbulent than when she first walked into the Houston office back on September 10, 2001. Yes, the day before 9/11. A short time later, after several industries experienced a regulatory fallout and their bankruptcies created more turbulence, auditing and consulting were changed forever. That combination of events shaped her work, with much of it being focused on early compliance with the 2002 federal law known as Sarbanes-Oxley.

Booting Back Up

Now, 15 years later, she's tackling another challenging area of the profession that's growing exponentially: auditing information technology. "Coming back up to speed was really a 'boot camp' for the first three months, and in some ways, it still is," she says. Sylvia's found support from co-workers and mentors. In fact, she's been able to reconnect with friends who still work in the Houston office where she started. "I have my married name now, and I actually emailed them joking around, introducing myself as a new employee…then at the bottom of the note I told them who I was!"

Balancing Act

Sylvia says raising a family and working like she does is a balancing act. She gives credit to a few things for being able to maintain both. First, her parents who are the children of immigrants from China who fled the country during the Communist Revolution. "They owned several small businesses while raising a family," she says. "They've worked very hard and have achieved much success from that." That instilled in her a strong work ethic, whether the pursuit is a career, hobby or family.

Second, being a Navy spouse has taught her to be flexible and to deal with uncertainty. Something that is required in Risk and Financial Advisory work. Lastly, she says, "Deloitte has been really great at working with me to stay on local clients with minimal travel." She adds that she's been able to carve out blocks of time for her family—evenings and weekends—while still being connected to her work and her team. "It's easier now than it was 10 years ago for us to work remotely with advances in communications and technology."

Outside of work, Sylvia enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. "We have had amazing travel opportunities with our careers, and food was always a big part of that experience. I enjoy recreating many of those experiences at home." She now looks forward to one day traveling with her two boys to share the same experiences with them.

Epilogue

In the fall of 2017 and after being back with Deloitte for a little more than two years since re-joining the organization (and since her profile was first published), Sylvia is serving in a different capacity than Risk and Financial Advisory.

Today, Sylvia is a Lead Specialist in the Deloitte US Office of Confidentiality & Privacy, assisting with the deployment of Confidential Information Programs for client accounts, and helping to effectively mitigate confidentiality and privacy risks.

"Our team helps client service professionals address confidentiality requirements related to client confidential data, including personally identifiable information, via manual processes, and data handling or technical safeguards. You can imagine how important this is today, not only for our clients, but also for Deloitte. " Sylvia said. "I wanted to focus on an internal role that would be suitable to the skills I gained in the last two years in the risk and financial advisory role, and I feel I've found that. I'm excited for this next opportunity at Deloitte."

Not only has Sylvia made a move to a new area of focus at Deloitte, not long ago, she and her immediate family decided making a physical move from Virginia Beach to Austin, Texas, would be good, too. "We've made three moves in 10 years as a military family, so the decision to make one last move to Austin to be closer to our extended family fits right into our long-term plan, and I'm so grateful for this role and the flexibility Deloitte has given me," she noted. While it seems like Sylvia may be done with making moves for a while, that does not mean her Career Journey ends here. We will bring you more updates as we hear more from Sylvia in the future.

Deloitte's Military Spouse Initiative

Through Deloitte's Military Spouse Initiative, military spouses can lean on each other and utilize Deloitte resources to not just have a job, but have a career.

Learn more.

Mastercard

Inside Mastercard: Meet Breenae

Meet Breenae, a Consultant Systems Analyst at Mastercard

Breenae attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where she received a bachelor's degree in engineering. After school, she wanted to find a tech-centric position that would also allow her to interact with other business stakeholders on a daily basis.

As Breenae shares in the video above, she has been working at Mastercard for the past five years, and Breenae has amazing things to say about her experiences working there.

Interested in joining the Mastercard team?

If yes, then click here to see all available opportunities at Mastercard, and don't forget to press 'Follow' to receive custom job matches, event invitations and more!

In Person Events

A Conversation with Fast-Growing Seattle Startups

If you are interested in attending this event, please email hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invitation.

PowerToFly is returning to Seattle to present an engaging evening of cocktails and conversations featuring women tech leaders from some of Seattle's hottest startups.

The event will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 6pm to 8pm at MAKERS Workspaces Seattle, located at 92 Lenora Street, Seattle.

PowerToFly is currently putting together a stellar lineup of companies, including:

Convoy - Convoy is reinventing the supply chain with technology-backed, full-service trucking. They offer the world's largest companies the best option for moving their freight, via their immense network of technology-connected trucking companies. Shippers get instant quotes, real-time GPS tracking on all shipments, and actionable business analytics to improve their supply chain. Trucking companies get access to free tools and resources that allow them to find loads they want, drive fuller trucks, and get paid quickly.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Drinks and Light Food
  • 6:30pm - Event Kickoff with MAKERS Workspaces
  • 6:35pm - Introductory Remarks by PowerToFly
  • 6:40pm - Product Demonstrations & Panel Discussions featuring women tech leaders from Convoy and more companies to be announced.
  • 6:55pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:10pm - Networking over Drinks and Light Food

About the MAKERS Workspaces: Modern and chic, MAKERS is an ideal setting for those who appreciate creativity, natural light, and open space. Designed with history and sustainability in mind, MAKERS incorporates many refurbished elements including polished bleacher board floors, salvaged window panes, and tables made of recycled gym floorboards.

About PowerToFly Events: All attendees who RSVP are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the participating companies cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.