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Expedia, Inc.

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.

Mastercard

Inside Mastercard: Meet Charlotte

Charlotte is Vice President of Product Development and Innovation. Charlotte and the ACH Payments Team focus on the strategy, development and commercialization of new products, leveraging real time payments technology.

By watching the video above, you can hear Charlotte share what she enjoys about working at Mastercard as well as what has surprised her the most about working there.

If you're interested in joining the team at Mastercard, click here to see all of their available opportunities and don't forget to press 'Follow' to receive custom job matches, event invitations and more!

PromptWorks

"Talk Tuesday" At PromptWorks

Below is a post originally written by PowerToFly Partner PromptWorks, and published on November 27, 2018. Go to PromptWorks' page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

At PromptWorks, we host 'Talk Tuesday,' where our employees give an informational talk at lunch every Tuesday. Topics range from new development tools to cinematography in old movies.

Just another Talk Tuesday at PromptWorks. Our newly graduated Engineering Apprentice Leigh Passamano presented a fun and hands on talk titled "Knit Knit Perl".

Paylocity

Paylocity Honored as One of the Best Places to Work in 2019, A Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Paylocity, and published on December 11, 2018. Go to Paylocity's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

Paylocity (NASDAQ: PCTY), a cloud-based provider of payroll and human capital management solutions, has been recognized as a 2019 Best Place to Work by Glassdoor. Ranking #20, Paylocity is up nine spots from last year, and this is the third consecutive year the company has made the list. This prestigious Glassdoor list is based solely on the input of employees who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites.

"Paylocity's success is driven by the highly collaborative and creative culture of our workplace, and this recognition illustrates how these values make working at Paylocity a special and rewarding experience," said Steve Beauchamp, Chief Executive Officer at Paylocity. "Engaging with our own product truly helps us build a world-class culture, and I'm honored to work with a group of professionals who strive every day to innovate and grow with our organization."

At Paylocity, employees are encouraged to voice their opinions, take initiative, and feel empowered and enabled to do their best work. A large percentage of team members take advantage of remote working opportunities and enjoy flexible schedules. Additional perks include excellent medical and retirement benefits; paid parental leave; generous vacation time; volunteer opportunities; gym membership incentives; social events; and more.

When sharing a company review on Glassdoor, employees are asked to rate their satisfaction with the company overall, and key workplace factors like career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, senior management and work/life balance. In addition, employees are asked to describe the best reasons to work at their companies as well as any downsides.

Glassdoor's Best Places to Work were determined using company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between October 23, 2017 and October 21, 2018. To be considered for the large category, companies, including Paylocity, must have had at least 1,000 or more employees and have received at least 75 ratings across each of the eight workplace attributes from U.S.-based employees during the period of eligibility. The final list is compiled using Glassdoor's proprietary algorithm, led by its Economic Research Team, and takes into account quantity, quality and consistency of reviews.

Learn more about Paylocity career opportunities by visiting our PowerToFly page.

Shield AI

The Role Of Trust At Shield AI

A conversation with Ryan Tseng, Co-Founder and CEO

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Shield AI, and published on November 27, 2018. Go to Shield AI's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FORMATION OF SHIELD AI & THE MISSION. HOW DID TRUST FACTOR INTO THE UNDERLYING IDEA OF CREATING THE COMPANY?

Trust was a huge component of what inspired Brandon to want to start Shield AI. His experiences in the military and his experiences deploying and seeing people in harm's way. For me, as an entrepreneur, trust was important in the context of being able to trust your teammates. When we started, on the first day, we talked for eight hours about the mission of the company and the values we wanted to set.

The mission and values were centrally important, and among that list of values, the first one was trust. I don't think there is anything more important to the functioning of a company than trust. If trust is absent, you will never achieve your mission.

Honesty and integrity are table stakes. At Shield AI, we ask that teammates be willing to put the people around them first. As an organization, trust is about being a company that puts customers and stakeholders first, asking what we can do better to meet their needs more effectively and focusing on how we can make them proud. So, at the beginning, we thought that if we could build an organization where honesty and integrity were central and infused into every decision we made, where there was a culture of putting your teammates first, and where there was a culture of focusing on how to make customers proud, then we could have a solid foundation of trust.

DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BE HARD TO DO?

I didn't know if we would be able to do it, but I knew through my prior experiences that it was something I cared a lot about. I had witnessed environments where there was not a lot of trust and I saw how detrimental it was. I knew it would be challenging because I believe so many teams and companies have trust-related challenges.

HOW DOES SHIELD AI WORK TO CREATE A CULTURE OF TRUST?

There's a process for it and it starts with just having clarity about what our values are. Because trust sits at the top of our values, it has a large impact. It permeates all of our processes. We consider trust in the way that we hire, in the way that we conduct our performance reviews, in the way that we interact with investors, and in the way that we serve our customers.

In additional to building the values into our processes, I would say that a lot of people on the team are very deliberate in talking about trust and values frequently. For instance, our current priorities are product, execution, and teammates. That's not an accident -- the idea of putting teammates first is a pillar of trust and it is something that I and others on the team prioritize all the time.

HOW HAVE YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES IN LOWER-TRUST TEAMS INFORMED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT CREATING TRUST AT SHIELD AI?

It is common for organizations to include concepts of trust, honesty and integrity in their values, but have cultures that fall short in the embrace of those values. The biggest gap are the leaders -- leaders who do not make it a priority to build a culture of trust. Leaders who watch things happen and do not say anything when they should. Among the most important aspects of building a culture of trust is getting the leaders invested in the importance of continuously emphasizing and embodying trust and talking about why it matters.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CREATING TRUST IN A PRODUCT SUCH AS NOVA IN THE CONTEXT OF PROTECTING LIVES?

I think it's the most important aspect of the product. Whether or not somebody chooses to use it is based entirely on whether or not they trust it. Without the foundation of trust, Nova would not be something that our customers would choose to use when people's lives are on the line. Just as trust is fundamentally essential for a high-functioning team or fundamentally essential for an organization's success, trust is fundamentally essential for a product to be useful to people.

IF CUSTOMERS WERE TALKING ABOUT SHIELD AI AND TRUST, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO SAY? HOW WOULD YOU WANT THEM TO THINK OF THE ORGANIZATION?

I would want them to know that we genuinely care about our mission and making them proud. If every conversation at Shield AI were recorded, no matter who was at the table, and played back for our customers, it is my hope that our customers would conclude, "I'm proud to work with these people, they stand up for my interest."

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