Why Senior Product Manager Kelly Lynn Made the Leap
It's easy to start a new job when you're unhappy with the one you've got, but how do you decide to leave a job you're pretty satisfied with? That's what Kelly Lynn, now Sr. Product Manager at Vrbo, chose to do in order to take a chance on a company she loved.
In her words, "I took a bit of a risk to come here, but I have found it to be worth it. Vrbo is a very constructive environment, with a solid appreciation for its people. I think long term it will be the best move for me... It's worth the leap!"
We asked her more about her experience getting hired, why she wanted to work at Vrbo, and how PowerToFly helped her land her new role.
So, how did Vrbo convince her they were worth the leap? "I love the product - I'm very passionate about travel." But she also likes the way Vrbo does business. "Product Management here has a heavy emphasis on the customer experience and leveraging A/B testing and data to test and implement hypotheses."
She first became interested in Vrbo after attending an event they hosted with PowerToFly last year, during which the President and CPO both spoke about their focus on diversity and the scientific mindset. The company immediately stood out to her because, "Vrbo has their priorities right. I appreciate their focus on the customer experience of their travelers and their property owners/managers, and they understand that the best way to get things done is through talented people."
Even though Kelly wasn't actively looking for a new role when she attended the event, "Since then, I had them on my radar… When the perfect role came up that aligned with my experience, I felt that I had to go for it."
She hasn't looked back since. Interested in making the leap yourself? If you're passionate about travel, the customer experience, rigorous testing, and working with good people, Vrbo might be the right move for you. Check out their open roles here!
For the boss you loved, the coworker you hated, and everyone in between
Two things are inevitable when someone leaves your team at work: there will be an abundance of sweet treats (I'm partial to those giant cookie cakes from the mall) and there will be a card passed around for everyone to scrawl the professional version of sweet nothings in. Depending on the "importance" of the person, you may get the bonus activities of farewell gifts and/or an all-team champagne toast.
If you are a New York based tech professional and you'd like to attend this event, please email your name and LinkedIn URL to email@example.com.
Whether you are a software engineer, fitness enthusiast or both, you won't want to miss PowerToFly's evening of product demos and networking with the women tech leaders and allies at Peloton.
Founded in 2012, Peloton brought top talent together in its Silicon Alley headquarters to create a new concept in fitness. In their words, "We loved cycling but had a hard time finding a workout that consistently fit our schedules, and our at-home workouts never felt quite up to par. So, we set out to create a world-class indoor cycling studio experience on your time, and in the comfort of your own home."
This event is your chance to hear directly from the women tech leaders and allies who make their revolutionary products like the Peloton Bike, Peloton Tread and Peloton App possible. We'll be devoting a large portion of the event to taking your questions and I know the Peloton team wants to hear from you!
The unique evening will take place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm to 8:30pm at 125 W 25th Street.
There's a lot more to building an inclusive company than just hiring more people from diverse backgrounds. So, how can you build an inclusive culture that will help you attract and retain a diverse group of employees?