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Shield AI

Why Shield AI: Passionate Teammates

Below is an article originally written by Connie Sun, an Autonomy Engineer at PowerToFly Partner Shield AI, and published on July 3, 2018. Go to Shield AI's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

In the small hours of a recent Monday morning, I found myself up at 13000 ft, trudging through a snow chute on the way to Mt. Whitney with two colleagues and absolutely zero mountaineering experience.

As I labored clumsily through the snow with my crampons and ice ax, I wondered just for a moment why on earth would I challenge this icy slope when I could be lounging back in sunny San Diego? The answer, of course, was simple: the people of Shield AI.

The greatest thing about working at Shield AI is being surrounded by teammates who are passionate about so many different things. Their zest for life is tangible and infectious. (Almost) inevitably, I find myself doing things well outside my comfort zone, be it practicing self-arrest on a mountain or braving a hip hop class with my two left feet.

Though our interests vary, the one theme I find across our team is dedication to craft and the pursuit of excellence. Everyone here — from hardware to software, to business and operations — is driven to be great at what they do.

Working at Shield AI is like going through constant metamorphosis. It's not forced upon you. Rather, the people around you motivate you with their work ethic and excellence. You just can't help but feel inspired to want to be part of that greatness. You push yourself to climb higher because the person next to you is going just as hard and you don't want to let your teammates down. Together we take the next step and the next one, even — and perhaps especially — when it's uncomfortable and it'd be a whole lot easier to stop than to keep going.

At the core of innovation is the willingness to embrace change, to put in the hard work, and, most importantly, to never stop. At Shield AI, the people around you are with you on this journey to grow and be great. In and out of the office, we're a team that inspires one another. And when we reach the summit, we ask — what's next?

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How Zapier Director of Compensation Jocelyne Wright-McLemore Is Tackling Imposter Syndrome as a Black Woman in HR

Jocelyne Wright-McLemore has a sticky note that she looks at every day: "I'm overqualified and I can do this."

Zapier's Director of Compensation put that sticky note up shortly after she rolled out a big new project at the online automation company and received some critical feedback on it. Though the criticism came from a tiny portion of her audience and the project was a success overall, hearing it brought back some of the self-doubt and imposter syndrome that she faced earlier in her career.

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Webinars

Meet PowerToFly's 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Award Honorees

This past February, PowerToFly was very proud to wrap up the panel portion of our recent Diversity Reboot 2021: The 100 Day Kickoff virtual summit by presenting our very first Diversity & Inclusion Award Show, honoring some true D&I champions across multiple industries

Back in 2020, we launched a submission process to honor select individuals who just don't talk the talk but truly walk the walk when it comes to making their companies and the world a more diverse and inclusive place. From the many submissions that we received, we chose six champions to honor.

You can watch the acceptance speeches for our honorees below or click here to watch the 45-minute awards show which included a roundtable discussion with our six DEI champions.

Want to nominated a friend or colleague for a future D&I Award? Submit their info here.


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How These 30 Companies are Celebrating Women's History Month in 2021

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But women have never had a year like 2020.

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How Hopin’s CCO Knew a Startup Environment Was Right For Her—and Two Questions to See If It’s Right for You

If there's a thread that connects all the different facets of Rosie Roca's life, it's the power of bringing people together.

From how she was raised, to how she got her first job, to the decision to leave enterprise software to take on her current role as the Chief Customer Officer at fast-growing events technology platform Hopin, a focus on community has helped to guide Rosie's decisions.

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