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Expedia Group

Career Check-in With Laura Molnar At Expedia Group

Laura Molnar | Senior Manager of Brand Marketing, Travelocity in Dallas, Texas

Below is an article originally written by Laura Molnar at PowerToFly Partner Expedia Group, and published on December 17, 2018. Go to Expedia Group's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

What does your typical workday look like?

My day is filled with diverse activities, from conducting customer research, planning marketing campaigns with cross-functional partners, and working on marketing strategies in support of new product launches.

What have you enjoyed most about working at Expedia Group?

Balance! We work hard but also ensure that we live balanced lives. By encouraging balance, Travelocity employees are fulfilled and able to contribute even more to their jobs.

What makes your team unique?

I love my team! We have so much fun at work. Every day is filled with laughter. At Travelocity, we bring our full self to work. We celebrate our differences because we know that diversity of opinion makes us better. We genuinely care that each and every person is successful in their business and personal lives.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

At times we have to come up with unique and cost-effective ways to solve problems. Customer research can come with a hefty price tag when you are working with outside vendors. In an effort to spend time more efficiently, I took all of our research in-house. Due to the savings in time and spend, several other brands in the portfolio adopted our approach. It was exciting to see Travelocity spearhead the way!

Who has influenced you the most?

It's almost impossible to answer this question because I'm continually learning from those around me. I'd have to say, from a work standpoint, it's probably my team – we are close-knit and work seamlessly together. We're all passionate about our brand and our roles, and it's great to be around that kind of energy and enthusiasm every day!

How and where do you find inspiration?

To inspire creativity and new ideas in my job, I make sure I read as much as I can. From marketing publications, brand marketing books, and the Wall Street Journal, I try to learn as much as I can from other brands in the marketplace.

How did you learn to embrace failure?

I am always learning to embrace failure. A book that has been influential in accepting failure is Failing Forward. You can't learn and grow if you fear failing.

What is your favorite piece of career advice?

Be here now. This phrase is two-fold. First, when you are at work and in meetings, it is important not to multi-task. Keep focused on the current task at hand. Phones and computers can be distracting, as we do everything on them. Even though it is not as easy for me, I choose to take notes in a book rather than on my computer so that people know that I am there with them and clued into the discussion.

The second part of the phrase is more long-term. Work is not always perfect and at times, we wonder why we are where we are. The important thing to remember is that every step encompasses learning that will benefit you in the future. So, when a day gets monotonous, just remember that there is a reason and soak up as much learning as you can.

Tell us about your favorite vacation?

I took my mom to Turkey for her 70th birthday. We rented a car and drove over 2k miles throughout the country. One of her bucket list items was to take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia. It was the most fantastic experience, as hundreds of hot air balloons rose in unison with the sun across the landscape.

What is your favorite weekend getaway?

I am originally from Laguna Beach, CA. So, anytime I can go home to visit my family, I will. When I am home I hike, eat my weight in sushi, surf, run on the beach, and enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean.

Match.com

The CEO Behind Tinder, OkCupid on the Future of Online Dating

Match Group chief Mandy Ginsberg talks about her first year on the job, the Facebook threat and tackling loneliness through technology

Below is a video link from an article originally published by Chip Cutter at The Wall Street Journal on December 21, 2018. Go to Match.com's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of the Match Group, which owns dating apps like Tinder and OkCupid, talks to The Wall Street Journal about the best way to run a meeting, how to say no to an executive, and juggling work and parenting.

Click here to watch the video.

Photo: Natalia V. Osipova/The Wall Street Journal

Forward

Meet Dr. Brittaney Belyeu: Forward’s Newest Physician in Los Angeles

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Forward, and published on January 11, 2019. Go to Forward's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Forward is the new approach to primary care, offering customized plans to help you control the future of your health. Today, we sit down with Dr. Brittaney Belyeu to hear her take on tech-enabled, member-centered healthcare.

Dr. Brittaney Belyeu — our newest physician at our Los Angeles location at The Americana in Glendale — received her medical degree from UCLA and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, with an emphasis on Primary Care, at the University of Washington. She values building a strong therapeutic alliance with members and using that as a foundation to help members move toward optimizing their health.

What first drew you to practice medicine?

As a child, I watched my mother suffer from widespread pain and fatigue as she searched for answers from her doctors for what was going on. She also dealt with the stress of work and caring for our family. Seeing her deal with these trials, I began to recognize the importance of a physician in improving a person's quality of life, which is ultimately connected to their ability to care for themself and their family.

What areas of interest do you have as a physician?

I am interested in prevention and optimization of chronic disease. My other primary interest is how technology and information systems can help a member better understand their health.

What do you value most in your relationships with members?

Being a primary care physician often means being invited into areas of a person's life that make them feel worried and vulnerable. I value the trust that is built in establishing a therapeutic relationship with members.

What is your experience with the current healthcare industry? Where would you most like to see improvements or changes?

There are inefficiencies in processes and transmission of information in the current healthcare industry that can lead to patient-provider miscommunication, unnecessary care, and unnecessary cost. I would like to see those inefficiencies addressed, which technology and optimization of information systems can help to facilitate. Additionally, it is important to train a workforce that is passionate about providing efficient but equitable care, particularly within the primary care field.

Why did you decide to join Forward?

I joined Forward because it is a new model of care that strives to address the inefficiencies that I mentioned above, while also placing high value on the member experience. This gives me the opportunity to be a part of positive change toward a better and equitable healthcare system.

What are a few fun facts about you that our members might not know?

I love food! If I could be dropped anywhere on Earth right now, it would be into La Boqueria in Barcelona.

Yelp Inc.

Having It All: Growing My Career & Family At Yelp

Below is an article originally written by Caitlin Erickson at PowerToFly Partner Yelp, and published on September 17, 2018. Go to Yelp's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

When I started at Yelp's Phoenix office six years ago as an Account Executive, I was nervous. I was six months' pregnant and had no idea how I was going to start a new career and a new family.

But Yelp made it easy. No one thought twice about my going on maternity leave after only being at work for three months. In fact, my training manager asked me about names and my teammates threw me a baby shower (they gifted me with a baby swing that proved to be a lifesaver). The day I left for maternity leave, my director even came over to shake my hand and thank me for my hard work.

After returning from leave, I had to juggle a newborn with my new sales career. One thing I learned as a new mom was that newborns get sick and constantly have to go in for checkups! Fortunately, my manager always worked with my schedule. He would help me call high-priority follow-up appointments and we'd work together to recover lost time so I could still hit my target. Now the company even offers backup daycare options, so I can have someone come to our home and watch my son if he's not feeling great or if school is closed.

Fast forward a couple years and I was advancing to a management role while parenting a toddler. Career advancement in general isn't easy. Career advancement when you're a single parent is even harder, but the launch of the Yelp Parents Employee Resource Group in 2014 has helped me tremendously. I built up important professional skills and increased visibility with leadership by talking with group members and building out membership. This helped me earn my promotion into management. Today, as a leader for the Yelp Parents resource group, I've forged lasting friendships among many other parents who have become my support network when work or life gets tough.

After managing a sales team for a few years, I was offered a new opportunity as a National Sales Planner. This role allowed me to further my career, and refocus on my family and our hopes of growing it by one more. When you start a new role and tell your new boss that you're hoping to be on maternity leave within the year, you're probably not expecting a happy response. However, my new boss was delighted to hear about our plans. It was incredibly refreshing to have him remind me to not worry about work and enjoy my time with the baby on leave. My entire team echoed that sentiment, which really made my three months of maternity leave extra enjoyable. It also made coming back easy (as did having access to a private mother's room with a hospital grade pump!).

Since returning from my second maternity leave, I've been able to jump back into leading Yelp Parents and continue to spread love for parents across the organization. We'll be holding our sixth annual Halloween Hullabaloo in Phoenix next month, where employees decorate the entire office and bring in their kids to participate in crafts and trick-or-treating. Last year, my son dressed up as Shaggy and carried around his Scooby Doo doll, while my husband and I escorted him as Fred and Velma! The office is also supporting an incredible professional development event where Yelp vice presidents are flying in from San Francisco and hosting lunchtime workshop sessions on topics like time management, work-life balance, and emotional intelligence.

The opportunities and support Yelp provides constantly remind me how lucky I am to work at a place that values me as an employee, celebrates me as a parent, and helps me advance even through all the obstacles of parenting!

Intuit

Empowering Female Technologists: Inside Tech Women @ Intuit

Below is a post originally written by PowerToFly Partner Intuit, and published on December 14, 2018. Go to Intuit's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Since 2015, Tech Women @ Intuit is a multidimensional program that empowers women of all ages and experience levels to share their expertise, advance their skills, and grow their networks. Tracy Stone, Global Lead for TWI, shares insights into the program and how it continues to inspire the next generation of female technologists.

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Intuit: Tech Women @ Intuit strives to support women at every stage of their STEM career. Can you tell us how your own experience led you to TWI?

TS: I've been a technologist at tech companies for 18 years, including roles leading software development teams and technical program management at Adobe, HP, and Intel.

I left the corporate workforce and paused my tech career to be at home with my kids for five years. During that time, I founded and directed a STEM nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of girls exposed to STEM at the elementary and middle school levels.

As I was looking to return to the tech workforces, I came across this role of leading the Tech Women @ Intuit initiative. It is a dream job for me – an amazing opportunity for me to combine my passion for advancing women in technology with my previous high-tech experience.

My role as the global leader for TWI is to develop the strategy and impactful programs to attract and recruit, retain, and advance female technologists. Our team is growing and we now have employees devoted full-time to this initiative.

Intuit: TWI supports Intuit employees and also partners with organizations like Girls Who Code, can you tell us more about what drives your team?

TS: We want Intuit to be the #1 choice for women technologists and a place where women are empowered and diversity is embraced. Our initiative, Tech Women @ Intuit, focuses on attracting, recruiting, retaining, and advancing women. We partner with our talent acquisition team, our Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Scott Beth, and product development leaders across the company to set goals and review our investments.

We have a portfolio of impactful programs targeting technologists in various stages of their careers – early career and mid-career through executive level, and have outreach programs for middle school- and high school-aged students.

For female technologists, TWI provides opportunities to build community and grow their careers. TWI programs include sponsorship by leaders, formal mentorship programs, professional development workshops like negotiation skills, executive presence and speaking skills, peer mentoring based on Lean In Circles, and on-site events to build our tech women community.

Externally, we support organizations who are helping increase and advance girls and women in technical roles, like Girls Who Code, AnitaB.org and the National Center for Women and Information Tech (NCWIT).

Intuit: Often these initiatives are built from the ground up, but TWI is unique – can you tell us how?

TS: What makes the initiative unique is the fact that it is funded and sponsored by our Chief Technology Officer (currently Tayloe Stansbury but soon to be Marianna Tessel).

We have a TWI Executive Board comprised of all the development leaders across Intuit. Our Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and our head of Talent Acquisition, who – in addition to being role models for diversity in tech – regularly meet and review our progress against our goals, and set the strategy and direction for the initiative.

Intuit: As Intuit continues increasing their investment in TWI, what are you most looking forward to in 2019?

TS: We are looking forward to continuing the growth of our sponsorship, mentorship and Intuit Again programs.

Next year, we will be focusing on career development programs and ensuring they are meaningful and customized for our technologists. This includes building on our existing mentorship and sponsorship programs, adding a mid-career coaching program, offering new development workshops, facilitating opportunities for technical presentations and information sharing sessions and piloting other initiatives.

We are also excited about expanding our innovative return to work program, Intuit Again. After launching the program in the US this year, we are excited to build on its success and are planning on expanding the roles and opportunities in 2019.

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Learn more about Intuit's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and how we partner with organizations like Girls Who Code.

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