Women@Groupon – Megan, Senior Reconciliations Specialist

Women@Groupon – Megan, Senior Reconciliations Specialist


Senior Reconciliations Specialist
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2012

Today, we talk with Megan about the women at Groupon who have helped grow her career, what it’s like to work in Risk, and how her team supported her in a recent quest to snag Demi Lovato tickets via a radio contest.

Tell us about your job! What do you do? What does a typical day look like?

I work with merchants to reconcile and negotiate payments owed to Groupon. My team takes on a lot of projects, so I appreciate getting to work on ever-changing issues. My typical day usually consists of following up with merchants, checking payment logs, and responding to in-house tickets with requests for tax validations and account status updates. I usually drink two cups of Earl Grey tea while working on these tasks.

And what’s been the most challenging thing you’ve worked on here so far?

I worked on a project that dealt with tax indemnification for a subsidiary company and prior to that, I didn’t know that was a thing. I was able to team up with members of the Tax and Legal teams to get the accounts reconciled.

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

I work with companies that use Groupon as a marketing tool. When I’m able to reconcile accounts, Groupon and local merchants are able to continue working in harmony to establish the daily habit.

What are you most proud of in your time at Groupon?

I’m most proud of how my contributions to my team have grown over the past few years. Last year, I was able to recover and reconcile more than $6.5 million for my team. The entire team goal for 2017 was $3 million.

You’ve been here for a while now – what keeps you excited to come to work every day?

I’m still at Groupon because of the people, particularly my managers. They have been completely supportive of my professional and personal goals. I’d especially like to give a shoutout to two of my managers, Martha and Christy. They have been with me since I started on Risk. I interviewed with them both in order to get the temp position in ’14. I was honest with Martha about my desire to stay at Groupon on the Risk team and she took steps to make sure that I had a place. Christy has been a great direct manager in terms of allowing me to explore and grow my role within the team. We’re able to have “radical candor” which allows us to communicate in a way that is productive. Martha and Christy have both been supportive of my leadership goals within Groupon with W@G and with my outside leadership goals of becoming more involved in the mental health community. I currently volunteer with NAMI Chicago and DBSA – an opportunity I found through VolunteerMatch!

What’s your favorite spot in the office?

What’s your favorite local business?

Hazel—a boutique in Ravenswood. If you get a gift from me, there’s a 90% chance it came from this store.

Tell us about your involvement with Groupon’s Employee Resource Groups. Why did you join PRIDE@, Women@, and Groupon for Latinos?

I joined to get to know my co-workers from other departments. I also really enjoy the community service that each organization does. I’m currently a co-chair of Community & Volunteering in Women@Groupon. I’ve really appreciated the individual contributor panels that W@G presents. In those panels, we’re able to hear from employees who have been able to grow and develop their careers within Groupon. For example, one panelist started in inbound sales, then moved to Risk, and is now on our Corporate Counsel. (Her name is Danielle Cary, and she’s awesome!)

So where were you before joining Groupon?

I was a student advisor and event planner at the Wichita State University Alumni Association in Wichita, Kansas. In late ’11, I read an article in Vanity Fair about Andrew Mason and Groupon. I applied the next day. My first position at Groupon was with Customer Support.

How did you go from Customer Support to Risk?

I transitioned to Risk in the Fall of ’14. I submitted for a temp position to fill in for a member of the Reconciliations team who was going on medical leave. During my time filling in, I got to know the people and managers on the Risk team and when my temporary tenure was up three months later, they offered me a job on the Fraud team, which used to be in Risk. I worked on that team for about six months before transitioning back to the reconciliations team in July ’15. Because of my prior experience filling in as a temp, I entered the reconciliations team as a tier II specialist.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

I never know what I’m going to see roaming around the office on a day-to-day basis. My faves have been a Mariachi band and a full-size Yeti. My favorite Groupon memory is cheap, but I think it’s meeting my friends. When I moved here, I only knew 3 people in the city. Through Groupon, I’ve met some of my best friends. Most recently, my favorite memory was recruiting my entire team to call a radio station to help me win Demi Lovato tickets.

What was your first impression of Groupon as a workplace?

I thought it was wacky and I appreciated how much free La Croix there was.

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

Staff Psychologist for a reality TV show.

Who inspires you?

Dolly Parton

What keeps you busy outside of work?

When I’m not at Groupon, I can be found watching The Real Housewives of whatever city is on at the moment, singing with The Mashed Potatoes – a soul cover band, or reading psychology books.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

In college, I had an internship at a small tv station, where I hosted a public access talk show.

Mike Randolfi – CFO

Mike Randolfi – CFO


Chicago, IL
Joined: 2016

Mike Randolfi—CFO and the executive sponsor of Groupon for Latinos—talks about the excitement of working in the e-commerce industry and how he pays it forward outside of Groupon.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

Going to NASDAQ and watching the excitement from merchants as we rang the bell!

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

As part of the role of CFO, I am involved in the investment decisions we make as a company. This involves making sure key initiatives such as Groupon+, BeautyNow, building supply, and supporting our marketing have the necessary investments which are required to create a more enriching customer experience and thus supports making Groupon a daily habit.

Tell us about what you do!

As Chief Finance Officer, my role is to lead the Finance Team at Groupon which includes financial planning, accounting, tax, corporate development, procurement and investor relations. In this role, I have the opportunity to see the great work people do across the company which may involve cool new product enhancements, marketing campaigns or business developments. I really get a cross-section of interaction with business leaders and people throughout the company which I love.

Who inspires you?

The team overall. I am amazed every day by the incredible people that make up Groupon. I see an inspired group of people across the company who want to offer great experiences to both customers on our site/app and merchants. I see our team always striving.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

It is fun and dynamic…the work environment is great and we operate in an innovative space where our business continues to change and evolve. I knew from the moment I walked in the door working at Groupon would be awesome!

Where were you prior to joining Groupon?

Prior to Groupon, I worked at Orbitz Worldwide as CFO and prior to that, I worked at Delta Air Lines for 14 years in various finance roles.

What are you most proud of in your time here so far?

For me, I am most proud of building a great Finance team that partners with business leaders. These deep relationships are critical to ensuring that we as a company are able to focus our investments toward that which will have the most impact.

So what makes Groupon unique compared to other companies you’ve worked for?

Our business is always changing and evolving. E-commerce is dynamic!

You’re the executive sponsor of Groupon for Latinos, our employee resource group focused on empowerment and networking for Latino and Hispanic employees as well as their allies. Talk about what leading this ERG means to you and how it reflects our values.

First, I am passionate about Groupon building a diverse and inclusive work environment that reflects the customer and merchant base we aspire to have. Also, I think Groupon for Latinos has a great mission, which not only focuses on recruiting great talent but also supporting the development of our marketplace with an emphasis on reaching out to great Hispanic and Latino-based businesses. This makes our offerings richer for our customers and helps support great small businesses. I also love the great events that I have had the opportunity to be part of such as ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America).

If you could do any other job for a day, what would it be?

I would be captain of my own sailboat.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us. 

I could live on Chick-Fil-A.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I love to boat, bike, ski, and travel. I also volunteer as crew advisor for Venturing Crew, which is a co-ed group (that is part of Boy Scouts) of high school kids who go on high-adventure activities. Last year I led a group of high schoolers that canoed and portaged through the Quetico and this year we’ll be hiking through Philmont, New Mexico. It’s hard, challenging, and character building.

What’s your favorite local business

Homer’s Ice Cream in Wilmette.

Carlos Vale – Head of Diversity Recruitment

Carlos Vale – Head of Diversity Recruitment


Head of Diversity Recruitment
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2017

If you see Carlos, give him a high five for snagging a spot on the Latinos 40 Under 40 list—an amazing accomplishment! We’re proud of the work he’s doing to make Groupon a more inclusive work environment. 👏👏🏾👏🏿

So it’s only been a few months, but what’s your favorite Groupon memory so far?

I think my favorite Groupon memory so far would have to be going to the Arlington Park Race Track with the Talent Acquisition team. I think I had been here for about two weeks, which provided a perfect opportunity to connect with everyone–it was a blast!

Tell us about your job! What do you love about what you do?

In short, I lead Groupon’s global diversity recruiting strategy in order to build robust pipelines of diverse talent for critical positions across all levels. As an ambassador of Groupon’s dedication to a more diverse and inclusive workplace, my role requires a highly relationship-driven approach to building and sustaining a deep and broad network of connections both inside and outside Groupon. Finally, through working cross-functionally with Recruiting, HR, and Talent Development while driving deeper collaboration with Groupon’s Employee Resource Groups, my role helps provide the framework for all business groups to embrace diversity.

No small feat, we’re sure! What’s challenging about your work?

In this field, building, assessing, and reworking strategy is always challenging no matter how supportive the organization may be. There isn’t a magic solution to this, and sometimes it feels like a shape-shifting puzzle–you think you’ve found the right piece, and surely, it changes shape right before your eyes; now, you are trying to figure out where the new piece fits. I love it, though–I’m a person totally driven by solving challenges!

So what makes your role at Groupon unique?

Although some iterations of my role exist outside of Groupon, the reason why I’m here is that I feel like I am generally given the opportunity to identify challenges/opportunities and come up solutions that are heard by many across the organization, including the CEO and other senior leaders. Most people wish they could have the opportunity to meet with their CHRO on a weekly basis, and possibly meet with their CEO and General Counsel on a monthly basis, but all of those things have been quite normal during my first months here.

Tell us about your first impression of Groupon as an employer.

My first impression…was that this is a great place to build things, as well as build on things. Here, I have the opportunity to create new things as well as build on some of the amazing things that have been previously started/accomplished.

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

I would probably want to be the CEO of Groupon for a day, just to see what a day in their life is like. How early do they get up? How many meetings are they in? How do they find balance during the day to eat, or chat with their family? These are all questions I would love to know!

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

Our customers, employees, merchants, and investors come from many backgrounds. Through diversity recruitment, we are able to bring in diverse top talent that can help in the areas of talent, culture, and marketplace–all of these areas help us be better equipped to identify additional opportunities and resolve challenges more quickly through the diversity of thought.

Talk about our ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) and your experience working with them.

ERGs are central to our I&D mission of making Groupon a great place to work for every employee. In my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things with and through our ERGs–I’ll keep it to one example, though. When I first started, I wanted to put together an on-site event where we could invite diverse top talent to network and learn more about Groupon, while also ensuring that they were able to walk away with something. Once going through initial negotiations, I brought it to our ERGs to see if/how they could help–the results were great. In November, we co-hosted an event with the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), attended by almost 100 professionals of all levels that were able to engage with our CFO, folks from our Talent Acquisition team, and employees from multiple departments. The coolest thing is that this was coordinated by Groupon en Espanol, and supported by Groupon4Vets and Women@Groupon!

Who or what inspires you?

I’m definitely motivated by visionary leaders who have overcome odds and have helped to make a difference in some way, shape, or form. I’m also motivated by the desire to be a good role model for my nieces and nephews. Finally, I’m motivated to pay it forward to others by providing and exposing me to opportunities, just as many have done for me.

Where can we find you outside of work?

I looooove playing volleyball–indoors, outdoors, and anything in between!

What’s your favorite local business?

I would say King Spa is my favorite local business. It’s nice to be able to feel like you can get away, locally. Also, it reminds me of my year in Japan in 2000, and that alone is worth the Groupon to get out to King Spa!

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

Different people, all coming together here, supporting local

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

I lived in Japan for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and absolutely loved the experience!

Leandro Ariel De Oto – Engineering Manager, Consumer Web

Leandro Ariel De Oto – Engineering Manager, Consumer Web


Engineering Manager at Consumer Web
Palo Alto, CA
Joined: 2012

When he’s not leading an Engineering team that builds solutions for a frictionless customer experience, you can find Leandro practicing his dance moves in the gym…channeling his love for the Backstreet Boys.

What was your first role at Groupon?

My first role at Groupon was as a front-end developer back in Chile. I was hired to be a front-end developer for the LatAm countries and after a year or so I joined a global team to maintain the front-end for Checkout and My Account web apps worldwide. After a few years in that position, I was promoted to Engineering Manager of the same team. In 2016 I moved to Palo Alto. I have been managing the Checkout and User Sessions web teams for about 3 years.

Tell us about your job! What do you do and what do you love about it?

My teams and I are responsible for optimizing the login and checkout experiences for the web platform. We have to build solutions that provide our customers with a frictionless and usable interface customized to their needs so that they can proceed to log in and purchase their favorite deals with confidence and no confusion when using a web browser. I love being a manager because it gives me the opportunity to work on building teams who build great products for millions of users. What I love about my teams is that we all share the same passion for front-end development aimed to solve common problems in the e-commerce industry. Having an impact on so many people is sincerely rewarding. We truly want to build a daily habit for our customers and make local businesses accessible to them.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

2012 Groupon holiday party contest: Made a Gangnam Style-like video and we won 1st place.

What’s been most surprising about working at Groupon?

How flexible a big company can be to promote career opportunities among its people. I learned this from my own experience too. I’ve spent half of my professional career at Groupon 🙂

Are you involved with any Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)? 

I am an active member of Pride@Groupon. I led Pride Latino back in Chile before moving to the US. It’s great to see so many colleagues and leaders fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion among our people. That definitely makes us stronger. I have also recently joined Groupon en Español.

What’s your favorite programming language?

Javascript and its allies.

How does your work connect to Groupon’s mission of being the daily habit in local commerce?

If your checkout and login experiences are full of blockers and rocks in the user’s road, there is no e-commerce platform that can survive. We work every day to implement new solutions that would streamline this process based on rigorous analyses and customer feedback. All of these using modern technologies to improve the overall website’s performance so our customers can get their favorite deals with just a few clicks.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I like taking hip-hop classes and using the gym’s studio to practice some moves.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve worked on here?

In 2013, we had to redesign the whole web platform to improve the usability and user interface for our new online marketplace. It was the first redesign since Groupon’s launch in 2008. We had to learn new technologies, work with a lot of new people, all this in a language that I wasn’t too familiar with (no, not Javascript but English!). I learned so much during those days and we worked really hard to deliver a project that millions of users would face. The results were successful and very well taken by our customers and merchants.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

“Will I be able to make an impact in such a big company?”

What do your parents think you do?

According to my mom: “You program the operation of the website using codes” and I can also “remove viruses from her computer.”

What’s unique about Groupon’s Engineering culture?

Authentic diversity. Groupon Engineering culture is very diverse and that’s what makes us different because we truly believe that our multiple nationalities, cultures, genders, styles, and accents make Groupon a better place to work at where we all can learn from each other.

What did you do before Groupon? How did you get here?

I worked for some media companies as a front-end developer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One day I got an email from a Groupon recruiter to interview me for an open position in Chile. I had my interviews but my profile didn’t fit the back-end positions available at that time. Three months later, they contacted me again with an offer for a front-end position. I accepted and I moved to Santiago de Chile three weeks later.

What’s your favorite part of your team’s Software Development process?

When we deliver our features to Production is when I feel most proud about my team’s work and impact in the customers. We call our new features “our little babies.”

Tabs or spaces?


What’s something about you that’d surprise us?

I am a big fan of Backstreet Boys.

Meet the Wonder Women of Groupon

Meet the Wonder Women of Groupon

We recently celebrated the wonder women of Groupon with a panel featuring some of our most inspiring leaders in our Health, Beauty, and Wellness vertical. Groupon en Español and Women@Groupon teamed up to host the event at Groupon’s Chicago office, which also streamed live. Vice President and General Manager of Groupon’s Health, Beauty & Wellness division and Crain’s Chicago 40 under 40 finalist, Silvija Martincevic, moderated the event.

COCO MEERS, General Manager for BeautyNow

Superhero Talent: Beauty-Booking Master Creator

How do you find your career niche?

I joined L’Oreal and I also loved French; I thought the beauty industry would be a really creative place where verbal and visual cues can change the course of things in a consumer’s mind. Little did I know, the seeds were planted for me in that first career choice. The biggest takeaway is that I didn’t know what I was looking for and sometimes you have to trust that you do the best that you can where you are and you position yourself as well as you can. Then, you take the best of all situations. For me, that’s what I did with L’Oreal’s rotational training program, which basically trained me in general management. Not being an expert in one functional area, but instead being a jack-of-all-trades. More than anything else, it’s the experts who are the real change-makers. To facilitate, coach, keep people accountable, mentor…those are the parts of my job that I love.

KEEGAN CHAPMAN, Head of Sales for BeautyNow

Superhero Talent: The Sales Whisperer, preparing hundreds for Sales Battle

What do you do every day to fulfill your commitment to Groupon?

I believe there are three things that I check in with myself about all of the time. Did I come in with a positive attitude? Did I complete the daily behaviors that I believe make me successful everyday? Did I work on anything to make me better at my job or the next job I want? If I am missing one of these there is no way for me to grow and improve and feel that I am giving this job everything I’ve got.

JACKIE RODRIGUEZ, Supply & Strategy Manager for BeautyNow

Superhero Talent: Career Chameleon

What was your biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your career and how did you overcome it?

Completely changing my path from accounting to now Supply Strategy (and in past City Planning, Merchandising, Sales Strategy – the list goes on!). I had to make some sacrifices to make that change, but the reward of making significant business impact now through the calculated risks and innovations that I’ve helped lead, the opportunity to be creative, being on a team that supports me and understands that our personal lives should not be sacrificed, and being on a team full of incredible inspiring female leaders is so much more fulfulling!

MADDI HURD, Head of Business Strategy and Operations

Superhero Talent: Herding Cats (or cross-functional projects) for 7 years and counting!

How do you structure your time to ensure you are meeting your goals?

It’s not something that I do well everyday and at Groupon, goals changes so often, so my best practice is to frequently stop and evaluate what my team or I am working on and say “is this still value-add for the business? does this align with what is making the biggest impact?” asking myself these questions helps me ensure I’m focusing on is making the greatest contribution to the business

Ernesto Martin – Senior Finance Manager

Ernesto Martin – Senior Finance Manager


Senior Finance Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2013

Ernesto’s mom may believe he’s actively trying to work as far away from Spain as possible, but if we had the opportunity to work in 4 countries and try our hand at acting, we too would pack our bags and go wherever Groupon sent us.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

Lots of options after 4 years in many countries! In Madrid’s office, we always produced our own content for Halloween, Christmas, and other events, and I had the honor to try acting a bit in 2014.

Tell us about your day-to-day work.

I manage the Finance side of Sales for North America. We work with different departments to make sure that our Sales team can have the tools to improve their efficiency. We help model new initiatives and tests. Finally, my team is in charge to set up compensation schemes and get Sales team paid in a timely, accurate, compliant manner.

Give us some background on your where you started and how you got to where you are now!

I joined as Finance Manager for Spain and Portugal as a member of the Southern Europe Finance team. As we grew the business and started to generate standard processes, I was offered a chance to join the European team in London that created a central finance function for the International Business. My job was to manage all processes related to Sales. I was the Business Finance partner for Sales, Sales Ops, Sales Compensation, and Merchant Payments. Groupon asked me to leverage that knowledge acquired in the international markets and move to Chicago to continue my work in Sales Finance, and here I am now! Groupon is a global business that allows us to grow and get out of our comfort zones.

What’s challenging about your work?

Sales Finance in international is quite challenging, as you need to coordinate different countries, languages, opinions, and timezones.

Who inspires you?

Anybody who is able to challenge the status quo and motivate the rest of us to improve things.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

From the very first day, I believed that Groupon had a rich culture with regards to ownership and inclusion. All opinions are respected and it is really easy to share your ideas and to see the impact of what you do. I also had the feeling that things were a bit messy in the beginning and now I feel really impressed about how much we have improved over time.

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

We try to maximize the potential of the sales team, making sure that we can get as many relevant deals as possible available for our users.

OK, so your role probably (definitely) exists at other companies, so why Groupon? What keeps you excited to come to work every day?

Groupon sales process is very complex. You need to be able to show to merchants how Groupon can help their business, but that is just half of it, as you also need to set a successful deal structure. The fact that our sales reps are not selling a closed product means that they all need to be experts in every single category they cover. We have an army of extremely talented salespeople and a constant need to update our assumptions. Nowhere else you can get the adrenaline of knowing you can always beat yourself.

Where can we find you outside of work?

I love traveling and tennis. I am also in love with Chicago’s steakhouses, and that is ruining my budget for traveling and my body for tennis.  🙂

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

Sales, the most important department in almost every company!

What’s your favorite local business?

Any business on Groupon+

What’s your biggest accomplishment while at Groupon?

We created a centralized process for deal approval and special redemptions for international. We had to coordinate Risk, Finance, Merchant Payments, Accounting, Sales and Global operations for all countries and all lines of business. The process was relevant and gave me a lot of exposure to all levels of management, as I was the owner of the project and had the chance to make a positive impact in management efficiency and forecasting accuracy across the region. I learned a lot about coordinating teams in different time zones and process compliance. Also, some commercial skills as we were constantly exposed to ongoing negotiations with our merchants. 

What do your parents think you do?

My mother believes I intentionally pick any job opportunity that gets me further away from Spain.

Why do you participate in Groupon en Español?

I just joined Groupon en Español, and so far, after a couple of activities, I think it is a great way to interact with other colleagues and also see the impact that your employer has in the community.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

I like music festivals and techno music. This summer I went to Burning Man and I will try to repeat next year.



Empowering Latinx leaders in Chicago via Speed Networking at Groupon HQ
14 November 2017
ALPFA Chicago + Groupon

90 attendants
26 Grouponers
1 night of networking

Our speed networking event in partnership with ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) brought in almost 90 diverse professionals from the Chicagoland area. The event was aligned with Groupon’s corporate goals of building community with professionals across the city, fostering an environment that welcomes respect, integrity, and inclusion while encouraging everyone in attendance to continue to build themselves professionally. Groupon en Espanol worked together with ALPFA to educate business professionals on how to network using best practices developed by ALPFA on follow up, recommended questions you might ask during an event, and other great insights on how to continue to build your network to create more opportunities for you and others.  

As an added bonus, Groupon CFO and Groupon en Espanol executive sponsor Mike Randolfi opened the event by speaking about the importance of inclusion and diversity as well as the work our ERGs have done to move the company forward. Grouponers and ERG chairs Jackie and Milan also added insight into their personal experiences working to build a more inclusive environment at Groupon.

Jackie – Supply and Strategy Manager, BeautyNow

Jackie – Supply and Strategy Manager, BeautyNow


Supply & Strategy Manager – BeautyNow
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2012

From launching a learning series for employees to overseeing Groupon’s Latino-focused resource group to helping raise 20k for hurricane relief, we can sum up Jackie’s involvement in Groupon with one word: inspirational.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

My favorite memory is the dinosaur coming into the office and scaring people as they came out of the elevator!

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

I work on BeautyNow supply strategy. My goal is to ensure that consumers are getting the appointments they are searching for, when they want them. Because our value proposition is not price, it’s important for us to understand how we can build a product that gives people a robust selection of services that they’d prefer to book and conveniently pay for through a few clicks of a button!

Who or what inspires you? 

People who are not afraid of the unknown and who welcome calculated risks!

What was your first impression of Groupon?

I thought it was such a fun company and a great fit for me professionally.

What are your biggest accomplishments here so far?

In my past life, I worked at Ernst & Young as an auditor. Although it was a great experience that allowed me to build a great professional foundation, I could not have done some of the innovative things I’ve done had I not decided to completely change career paths. At Groupon, I have worked on helping build the framework of what is currently our unstoppable beauty business; building out injectable service focus and training programs; a national launch of surgical offers; and some up-and-coming novel ideas in the BeautyNow space (stay tuned for those!)

I’m incredibly proud of the launch of my “Ongoing Learning Series” which truly stemmed from my undying yearning to learn and grow professionally and personally. We’ve had over 300 participants and over 12 sessions so far! I’m looking forward to continuing this program as well.

I’m also proud of the work I did with Matt Rolnick on our Hurricane Relief Auction. This all came about with a simple idea to bring our HBW (Health, Beauty, & Wellness) team together for a small auction where we could contribute in a small way with our crafts, skills, and time to a truly necessary cause. After Matt sent a few emails asking for donations, we got the ball rolling. I sent an email to our CEO, Rich Williams, asking if he’d be interested in offering something to the auction and he responded in less than 10 minutes! The kind of support we received for this auction from everyone around the office—including our incredible support functions—was astounding. Through this auction, we were able to raise over 20k to hurricane relief! Matt and I are also so humbled to have been nominated by the organization to receive a Groupon Green Award (Groupon’s internal award for employees) for exhibiting our core value of “Community” in light of our fundraising efforts for hurricane relief!

Jackie with members of Groupon en Espanol on Groupon Chicago’s roof deck

Also, my work as Chair of Groupon en Español has been incredibly rewarding. With only a year under our belt, GEE has been able to make huge progress across all diversity initiatives in the organization. We’re constantly trying to think of ways we can grow our marketplace, employee base, and continue to engage customers of all backgrounds on our platform. I love this aspect of my role because I truly get to see people who are passionate about what they do. My GEE team does not do the work for the pay (since it’s a volunteer effort), they do it because they truly care about inclusivity and diversity. I am so proud of my team and am inspired by them every day!

Commemorating UIC’s 2017 Latino Graduates

Commemorating UIC’s 2017 Latino Graduates

UIC’s 31st Annual Recognition Dinner: over 600 attendees, 200 graduates, and one fiery mariachi band.

Lauren Mullins – Campus Recruiter // Fernando Diaz – Divisional Sales Manager & Groupon en Español Chair 

Fernando: As the Chair for Groupon en Español, one of my goals is to create an inclusive work environment by making connections with Latino communities which will lead to recruiting opportunities. This event both helped solidify the partnership with UIC and start other partnerships with organizations within UIC. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the graduates. They were allotted 30 seconds each to say a few words. Many of the students thanked their families and friends who had done so much to help them achieve this milestone.

Lauren: UIC’s Hispanic/Latino undergraduate population increased to 30.7% this year, which continues their designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The Annual Recognition Dinner recognizes and honors the accomplishments of their Latino graduates among family and friends. There were over 600 guests in attendance, 200+ of which were graduating students. While this wasn’t a direct recruiting event and there was limited interaction with students (they were focused on celebrating with friends and family), Fernando and I were able to network in person with key members of several diverse campus organizations: Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES), Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), and Career Services, forging stronger relationships than we would have with cold outreach to these groups.

The goal of the event was to strengthen our relationship with and show our support for UIC as a whole and the hispanic/latino community. Our attendance aligns with Groupon’s inclusion and diversity values! It would be great to continue to build relationships with the campus partners we met and celebrate the recent grads and Groupon new hires! The best part of the night? The amazing student speeches when they were recognized for graduating AND the UIC mariachi band: Mariachi Fuego!

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