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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!

Dell EMC

Working Mom Joelyn Finds Support At Dell

In the video above, Dell employee Joelyn shares how flexible work lets her keep her career while caring for a child with special needs, and how Dell's new neurodiversity hiring program gives her hope for her son's future.

Are you interested in such a flexible, supportive work environment?

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

Motivate

How Motivate Celebrated International Women’s Day

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Motivate, and published on March 8, 2017. Go to Motivate's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

In honor of International Women's Day, we are celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and urging a more gender equal tomorrow. We'd also like to introduce you to the extraordinary women who lead some of our big city bike share programs across the nation.

Emily Stapleton is the General Manager (GM) of the Bay Area's bike share, soon to be expanded tenfold and launched as Ford GoBike, thanks to our groundbreaking partnership with Ford Motor Company. Before that, she served as the GM of Hubway in Boston. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she comes to Motivate with a wealth of experience in mobility, including peer-to-peer car sharing at Turo, transit at Transport for London and even a stint as the Bikes and Businesses Intern at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. She recently enjoyed some exercise, sweeping views and history on a bike ride along the Bay Trail from Berkeley to the Rosie the Riveter Museum.

Dorothy Mitchell (featured above) is the GM of BIKETOWN, Portland's popular program. Formerly a Strategic Projects Analyst for the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Director of Sales and Marketing for a company specializing in sustainable delivery, Dorothy has been instrumental to the success of BIKETOWN, which has seen nearly 175,000 trips since its launch just seven months ago. Her favorite ride is from her house to the PSU Farmers Market, taking in two of Portland's Willamette River bridges along the way.

Chanel Zeisel, who runs our Citi Bike system in Jersey City, grew up in Honolulu, Hawai'i, where she failed bike education in third grade. Luckily, she rediscovered bikes as an adult while working as a project manager in real estate development in Manhattan. She joined Motivate in 2015 just in time to launch Citi Bike in Jersey City. Chanel's favorite ride is Jersey City's annual free Ward Tour, held the first Sunday in June, which takes hundreds of riders through all six districts in Jersey City in celebration of cycling.

Emily Gates, outgoing General Manager of Hubway in Boston, has been bicycling since she was 2 year old, riding on the back of her dad's road bike in southern Virginia. With Motivate since 2015, she has been a system performance specialist, hardware product manager, general manager and now is moving into a role as the Director of Operations Strategy. A graduate of MIT's Master of Transportation program, her background is in software business analysis, industrial engineering and transportation demand management. Her favorite place to ride is along the Charles River from the Mass Ave bridge to the Museum of Science, especially in the fall when the colors change.

Katie O'Connor is the Deputy General Manager (incoming General Manager) for Motivate's Hubway system in Boston. Prior to joining Motivate, she was a civil engineer and project manager working on environmental clean-up sites across New England for Haley & Aldrich, an engineering consulting firm. She received her Bachelor's degree from Lafayette College in civil/environmental engineering, and a master's degree from MIT in the Systems Design and Management program jointly offered by the engineering school and Sloan. Her favorite rides are along the Charles River and Esplanade, and any trip that involves picking up fresh produce from local farmers' markets.

We are so fortunate that these inspiring women are on our team. We owe our success in large part to their energy and expertise–and to the energy and expertise of the other hardworking women driving our company. And we are committed to empowering women– and all of our employees– to succeed in a number of ways, including creating training programs and opportunities for advancement for entry and mid-level staff. We also offer progressive healthcare and wellness benefits and a generous parental leave plan.

SeatGeek

SeatGeek Employee Spotlight: Erin Elsham, People Ops

Below is an article originally written by Nate Rattner at PowerToFly Partner SeatGeek, and published on August 3, 2017. Go to SeatGeek's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Welcome to SeatGeek Employee Spotlights – an opportunity to meet the fantastic folks on our world-class team.

By day, we're a group of talented developers, designers, marketers, and businessfolk working together to build something new and different. But we are also fans and live event junkies of every kind: diehard sports fans, passionate concert-goers, sophisticated theater enthusiasts, and more. From our lives outside the office and within, we all have interesting stories to tell.

Up next: Erin Elsham, on our People Ops team!

Where were you born?
Toledo, Ohio. Well, I was born there – we moved to Iowa after a year, then to Kansas. My dad worked in the agriculture business, so we moved around the midwest with him a bit.

Have you always lived in NYC?
Nope! I packed 2 suitcases and bought a one-way ticket from Kansas City 6 years ago.

It's kind of funny – I went to college in Kansas as well. I was the odd one out of my really close friends and went to Kansas State, even though I was a Kansas University fan growing up, so that was a funny rivalry thing. New York City, for some reason, draws a lot of Kansas people – there are a couple of well-known KU bars here, and I have some friends from growing up who had moved out here right after school. I went to visit one of my best friends and her husband who were living in Williamsburg, and at the time I had just gotten out of school and was bored with what i was doing, so I moved out there. They were nice to let me stay with them for a bit. I literally packed two suitcases and moved, and six years later here I am.

Where did you go to school?
Kansas State University, Go Jayhawks! Oh wait, that's KU (I grew up a KU fan). That's the thing - I went to school at K-State, but was not into K-State sports.

Any funny roommate or apartment stories in NYC? Feels like everyone has at least one…
I've always lived in Williamsburg, and once we found an apartment with a backyard, we decided we'd stay there for a while. Because it's a shared backyard, we're friends with all of the tenants now, so if there's ever a backyard party or barbecue, everyone is invited. One time, a friend of a friend who does photo shoots and works with modeling agencies asked if she could do a shoot back there. They brought in a really fancy model and props that totally confused the neighborhood, it was pretty funny.

Here's a picture.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
Full of surprises!

I've been told that I'm like a stealth bomber – I'm pretty quiet for the most part, but I listen to everything, so I always kind of know what's going on. Even with friends and family, I'll know what's going on and plan something that will surprise them in one way or another. For example, my boyfriend's 30th birthday: he really likes Wet Hot American Summer, so I planned a themed party in our backyard and made everyone wear 70s camp gear. He had no idea. Also, the SeatGeek portraits – nobody knew that was coming. I like surprising people.

Best project you've worked on at SeatGeek?
There are a ton! I love to show off how fun we are as a company, so employee portraits and Life@SeatGeek Instagram account are the top!

What is your dream project to work on at SeatGeek?
Workation was a blast planning last year and I can't wait to plan an even better event for this year. It's a huge challenge planning an event for 150 people, but I've got some good ideas and am super excited.

What are three "fun facts" about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
I'm an aerialist. I perform trapeze in seasonal circus cabarets in Brooklyn, wear funky costumes and fly in the air – think that's the most fun fact I've got. It's all volunteer, and I choose my own songs and make the costumes I wear during shows. I've been doing it for about 5 and a half years at the same circus school in Williamsburg, am really close with my teacher and have made some amazing friends there.

Favorite place(s) to hang out in NYC?
Backyards and rooftops – there's nothing better than living in the borough with the view! There are a lot of cool places, but they're always too crowded – once you find someone with rooftop access, you've made it. The beach is fun to go to as well – I usually try Rockaway.

Best vacation you've ever taken?
So far, my first "real" vacation as an adult with no plans and no weddings was Puerto Rico with my fiance three years ago. I've been a bridesmaid like seven times, and have had a wedding almost every single year, so I haven't taken a lot of vacations because it was all weddings for a while. Puerto Rico is great – it's cheap, fun, and the water is clear.

Favorite SeatGeek snack?
Eggs? Do those count? Is that weird?

Why do you love SeatGeek?
It's the people – everyone's cool. They're all so amazing, friendly and welcoming. So many smiles. There is not a single person I don't feel like I could talk to.

Favorite part of the new office?
SG Portrait wall – sorry, I'm biased! That was the most fun I've had on a project. I had to be secretive about it (which I love), and we hired an outside designer for it and worked with them to get the details right and continue to work together for SG 1-year anniversaries!

Synchrony

Synchrony’s 2018 Working Mother of the Year

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

In 2018, Synchrony was once again awarded a place on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list! We're honored to receive this award for fostering an inclusive environment that is women and parent-friendly through our benefits, flexible work arrangements, and mentoring programs. This year, our Working Mother of the Year is Tia, who is an employee that demonstrates our company values every day by being a great parent and great worker. Read on to learn how Tia has been able to overcome personal and professional obstacles to achieve her ambitions with Synchrony.

Tia is no stranger to hard work. As a single mother of 4 children, she had her first child in high school at the age of 16 and was living on her own by the age of 17. After graduating high school, on time and with honors, she attempted to work full-time, go to college full-time and raise a child on her own – becoming drained and burned out. Understandably, something had to give, so her schooling took the backburner while establishing her career. After a while, she became comfortable with her career progression and didn't feel the need to go back to school, until it was time for her son to go to high school. She was determined to show him (and the rest of her children) that no matter what, you need to keep going! Ultimately, she was proud to complete her degree in May 2015, prior to her son graduating from high school in May 2016. She is now working on her Master's Degree (utilizing the Synchrony tuition reimbursement program), her son is going into his 3rd year of college, and she is raising a current high school Junior, a 5th and a 6th grader.

Tia consistently strives to outperform, overdeliver, take risks and build trust. She is a firm believer that no matter how hard she thinks things are, there is always someone out there who has it harder and who has made it further. She also takes pride in serving as a mentor for peers, team members, friends, associates, teens, and adolescents – from next career moves to relationship advice to financial guidance. She says that the greatest part of being a mentor is having the ability to help someone accomplish what they are seeking, with trust built through transparent and candid conversations. She is currently the President for our Synchrony Toastmasters Club, and continuously encourages other colleagues to join to enhance their leadership, communication and speaking skills.

We're glad to have this working mom as part of our Synchrony family!

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