Business Development Manager, Things To Do
Phoenix, Arizona
Joined: 2016

Emily—a Music Therapy major in college—talks about embracing failure and the inspiring women she works with in Phoenix.

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Embrace failure! All failures in the workplace and in life are teachable moments and they’ll eventually lead you down the right path. And don’t give up if you don’t succeed right away. Good things take time 🙂

What was your first impression of Groupon as a workplace?

Every day felt like a party! Everyone was so friendly and excited to get to know me; it was a complete 180 from my last job.

What has been your biggest accomplishment since working here?

My biggest accomplishment sales-wise was probably closing a huge luxury movie theater in Vegas. Also, building the Phoenix GOB mentor program from the ground up! When I first joined Groupon, the program was unorganized and there was no accountability for people to meet with their GOB mentee. By tweaking the process and understanding the GOB training schedule, I think we were able to create a simpler process that has stuck.

How does working at Groupon fit into your life?

It fits very well with me! I have always been the type of person who tries to be “the best.” At my last job, that didn’t matter too much. But here, I can see my hard work in my paychecks and in the deals I close.

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

I try to put as many unique deals on the site so I can to increase interest from consumers!

How many times have you been promoted?

Once, from Business Development Representative to Business Development Manager in January 2017.

Who is a woman you look up to?

My mom! She is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and I can only hope to be as successful as she is in my adult years.

Who is the most inspiring woman at Groupon?

There are too many. If I had to pick, all the women in leadership in the Phoenix office are great role models and have a lot of great insight. Kelly Light is always resilient, Grace Litteken is never seen without a smile on her face, and Sam is professional and easy to talk to.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

Going curling with my team for our most recent team outing! It was much harder than it looks on TV!

What’s your favorite local business?

There’s a cute boutique local to Arizona called Grand Central Clothing that I’ve been going to for years. They have great clothes and they reward their regular customers!

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

I have never done sales before Groupon! I was actually in the ASU Herberger School of Music and graduated with a music therapy degree. Before Groupon, I worked in a psychiatric facility. 🙂