Meet Jessy: she helped launch Groupon Phoenix’s volunteer program and finds empowerment through making connections with other women in a historically male-dominated industry.
There are a lot of amazing Groupon stories. What’s your biggest accomplishment?
What I’m most proud of is my involvement with Groupon Volunteers. Being able to launch in the Scottsdale office has been such an amazing experience. I not only get to give back to the community that I love so much, but I have helped others in the office get more involved as well. We volunteered with Habitat for Humanity a few years ago, and working side by side with the family we were building the house for just instilled in me how important it is to work for a company that values volunteering and giving back to the community..
Why did you join Women@Groupon? What do you get out of it?
I am all for women empowering women, and being part of W@G shows what amazing ladies we have in the office. I get a sense of pride for doing this job in such a generally male-dominated profession, and having my fellow female peers support each other in this has been great.
Name a woman who you look up to and why!
I honestly look up to my entire female group of friends. I have been lucky enough to befriend a group of incredibly strong women who all support each other and work hard in their own professions. I honestly don’t know what I would do with them and watching everything they do helps push me to be a better person.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I grew up incredibly shy; I would not talk to strangers, babysitters, or anyone new. It’s taken a lot of confidence building and years of practice to get comfortable enough to be who I am. I still get nervous in groups on new people and have to pep myself up to start a conversation and get over my social anxiety.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
In the original Phoenix office, we all had to use iPhones because the building was older and there weren’t enough lines in the building to have desk phones. This made it a very interesting workplace with high energy, lots of loud talking…it’s something we all laugh about when we think back on it.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
When you go home after any day of work, you should be able to say you know you gave that day your best.
What’s your favorite local business?
OHSO: it’s a brewery with a patio built especially for people to bring their dogs. It’s a great atmosphere and I love going on a nice afternoon with my pup and friends. Great beer, too!
How does working at Groupon fit into your life?
Groupon can be incredibly fast-paced and I am a high energy person. I’m always out doing stuff after work and on the weekends and am involved in a variety of things. Groupon fits in perfectly with that.