Groupon Attends Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco

Groupon Attends Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco

Grouponers @ Lesbians Who Tech: Two (Lefty!) Engineers Recall Their Experience at the Inclusive & Inspirational Event


March 2018





JESSICA HARTOG, Software Developer in San Francisco

Taking place in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District, LWT represents everything that Silicon Valley’s homogeneous engineering community is usually missing. The under-represented minorities in tech (and elsewhere in the world) are welcome on Castro Street and at Groupon. Groupon aims to build up amazing communities like this one — a home office for inspiration, respect, integrity, and inclusion. Acting as the embodiment of so many of the things that Groupon holds as its core values, LWT and the Castro District alike are aligned with what Groupon aims to be. So much of my role at Groupon has to do with helping foster an inclusive community. From working together with other engineers internally, to working with communities in the Open Source landscape, the things that I learned at LWT will help me to engage those communities in a more empathetic, respectful, and inclusive way. Some highlights from the summit were keynote speakers Sally Kohn (CNN Commentator/Activist), Dawn Laguens (Planned Parenthood Federation of America), Megan Smith (Shift 7 & former CTO of the US), and a surprise appearance from Samantha Bee. I was also excited to learn about some awesomely creative open source opportunities like Open Artificial Pancreas System (#OpenAPS), where using open source, engineers can come together to improve the market for care of Type I Diabetics.

KEVIN McINTOSH, Software Engineer & Pride@Groupon Co-Chair in Seattle

I attended LWT because I want Groupon to pay attention to the neglected demographic in the intersection of women and the LGBT space: lesbians in technology. I have partnered with this organization on and off for about four years, so I was excited to help Groupon continue to build the relationship. Groupon is taking greater steps to increase diversity within our organization, especially in tech, and we want to help promote badass women and allies in the tech space.

As an impromptu speaker, I presented a 60-second speech on the importance of businesses being able to consider technology bootcamps as a potential source of high-quality technical talent in addition to the traditional college graduate. On the recruiting side, I had the opportunity to spend some time in the speed mentoring section of the conference, where I ended up mentoring eight individuals on everything from interviews to resume crafting.

One of the highlights was running into Samantha Bee (the comedian from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS) who was interviewing attendees on the spot! As a key takeaway, I will be considering how to be more open at work. The issue is that by not being more open, you risk alienating candidates as well as your coworkers. Also, bringing passionate people to these events really makes a difference!  🙂

A happy hour fundraiser to benefit those affected by the North Bay fire

A happy hour fundraiser to benefit those affected by the North Bay fire


December 6, 2017

San Francisco & Palo Alto team up with local organizations

to help victims of North Bay fire

Following the North Bay fires affecting nearby communities—including the famous Napa and neighboring vineyards in October—Groupon’s Palo Alto and San Francisco offices organized charity happy hours the week of November 29th. We purchased wines for tastings from vineyards that were burned down and volunteers were asked to bring in baked goods as pairings. Donations collected were donated to support the Anova Center for Education, an autism school that was burned down, and Rebuilding Together, an organization that facilitates home improvements for those affected by natural disasters. In total, we raised $1,000The event had a great turn out and was an enjoyable event for employees to get together after a busy Black Friday week and contribute to a local cause!

Keren Osman – San Francisco Office Manager

Keren Osman – San Francisco Office Manager


Office Manager
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 2015

Keren takes her role as the San Francisco office’s go-to person pretty seriously. So seriously, in fact, that even when asked about her dream job, she still imagined herself in a role where she’s helping Groupon employees. As a pilot, no less.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

My favorite memory was the day the entire San Francisco office went to the Giants game on Cinco de Mayo. We started everything off at the office a happy hour, including frozen margaritas and an unlimited supply of tacos.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

I literally felt like a kid in a candy store. I was so overwhelmed by all the snacks, drinks, and most importantly the fro-yo machine in Palo Alto. Everyone was welcoming and open for discussion. I felt like I had found my long-lost work family.

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

I come in contact with everyone who walks through the doors of the San Francisco office. I am a very optimistic person with a smile on my face 99% of the time. I also make an impact by spreading the word about Groupon to local businesses I see in my neighborhood.

What’s your favorite local business?

Native Juice Co. in San Francisco.

Tell us what it’s like in the San Francisco office!

Groupon San Francisco has a very welcoming atmosphere in the office. We are like family, we spend most of our time together throughout the day, so I’ve come to bond with the fellow SF Grouponers over the years.

What’s your biggest accomplishment here (so far)?

I am most proud of moving us out of our old Bush Street office into our new location!

Have you won any awards here?

I won Groupon’s Greatest Award in 2015. I am still very excited about that!

Where were you before joining Groupon?

I worked as a Program Coordinator/Executive Assistant at Dev Bootcamp. I really enjoyed the boot camp environment, which led me to work closely with software engineers. I wanted a change of atmosphere but still wanted to work in the tech/local commerce fields.

What do your parents think you do?

My parents think I eat all the free snacks at Groupon and use Groupon deals during works hours.

Who or what inspires you? 

I am inspired every time I volunteer with my colleagues. It feels so rewarding to be able to give back to my community with Groupon’s support.

If you could do another job for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a pilot flying all of Groupon employees to Bora Bora, Bali, and all over the UK.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

I am terrified of heights but somehow ended up on the edge of the CN Tower in Toronto last fall 2016.

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