Jasmine is many things: a singer, a manager, Co-Chair of Blacks in Groupon, and probably the only person we’ve met who does not like garlic bread.
You recently won a Groupon Green Award…congrats! Tell us about your award and how you felt when you found out you won.
I was nominated for a Green Award for Respect, Integrity, and Inclusion and I was nominated by my friend Michael Galfas. When I first learned that I won, I was in shock! It’s not very often that you are recognized by your peers, so this means a lot. It encourages me to continue to live Groupon’s values both in and outside of work. It means a lot knowing that my company recognizes these qualities in its employees across the globe.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
Planning and executing our first Blacks In Groupon event was really special for me. We had an amazing turn out (over 50 people!) from all walks of life. It was beautiful to see a room full of inspiring people ready to make a change in the culture here at Groupon.
Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it?
I manage a lovely team in BeautyNow. I love that I am challenged every day to inspire my team to be great and hit our goals. I love that I am challenged to think outside of the box in regards to building a platform that doesn’t exist. I am surrounded by some of the smartest, most insightful people on a daily basis, and for that, I am eternally grateful to learn from them.
What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve worked on?
Loaded question! Every day in the BeautyNow world is a challenge! But I wouldn’t have it any other way 😉
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by artists and risk-takers. Strong women who don’t take “no” for an answer. I am inspired by people that despite all odds, pursue their dreams. Music, flowers, food. I take inspiration from it all. We live in a wonderful world if you just slow down to listen or take a look.
Where were you before joining Groupon?
I was a manager at the H&M Customer Support Center.
What was your first impression of Groupon as a workplace?
“Omg, wait…I can just HAVE that La Croix?!” I was taken aback by how hard everyone worked, (despite the fact that there’s a huge cat in a spaceship in the lobby), and other just plain fun and silly stuff around this office. I like that Groupon plays hard, but works even harder.
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
I am working to make beauty-booking a breeze! For anyone who wants to get a spa service done and doesn’t have the time to research. I am making it so that all businesses from the largest spas to the mom-and-pop shops of the world all get a chance to shine!
There are a lot of amazing Groupon stories. What’s yours?
I’m very proud to have been elected as the Co-Chair of Blacks in Groupon and to be in a new position within less than a year of my being here. I’d like to say I’m pretty proud of my career progression and the opportunities that have been given to me thus far. Onward and upwards for me, guys!
Congrats on being elected Co-Chair! Alright, so tell us about your involvement with Blacks in Groupon!
As Co-Chair (along with Daryl Billingsley) I get to bring beautiful, intelligent, inspiring black people together to celebrate our culture. I get to invite others to our conversations to create a unity that is much needed in the world today.
What does your mom think you do?
My mother thinks I sell coupons…and she thinks I’m the absolute best at it. I’ll take it!
Where can we find you outside of work?
I am the lead singer of a band H.a.R.d. (find us on Facebook or just friend me ‘Jasmine Gill’ and snoop around my pages for vids!) I’m blessed to have my band—my boys, my best friends for over ten years. I hope to sing until my very last breath.
If you could do any other job for a day, what would you do?
I would be Oprah for a day. Whatever day, whatever she has planned, I’d like to take that wheel and see how it feels to be that dope!
What’s your favorite local business?
Oh my goodness, loaded question! I love Horse Thief Hollow in Beverly. I love Williams Inn Pizza, Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, Cafe Jumping Bean in Pilsen, Soul Vegetarian….there’s a trend here….I LIKE FOOD. And Old Town School of music, because duh.
Your role might exist at other companies…so why Groupon?
My role does NOT exist anywhere outside of Groupon (thanks for the reminder!) NOTHING like BeautyNow exists, so….yeah no comparison. One and only. I feel special 🙂
(We sort of set that one up!)
Can you write a Groupon haiku?
Sitting at my desk —
sun shining through the window —
it’s almost Friday
Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
I don’t like garlic bread.