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!

Learn more about our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and what we’re doing to foster a more inclusive and diverse workplace!

Parents @ Groupon Celebrates 1st “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day” in Chicago

Parents @ Groupon Celebrates 1st “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day” in Chicago

A typical Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day might entail kids shadowing their parents as they go about their day, maybe setting up a makeshift workspace for kids to doodle, tinker with desk decor, or play office. At Groupon, we decided to do things a little differently this year. In late April, a dozen kids over the age of nine alongside their parents had the opportunity to spend the day immersed in their area of choice, whether that was engineering, photography, recruiting, design, or even a Shark Tank-themed sales contest.

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“When planning the event, we really wanted to make sure we had a variety of departments featured and leading activities. We were excited that we had animation, engineering, and the photo studio, among a few other fun activities with great teams!” Katie Knox, Parents @ Groupon Talent Development & Recruiting Chair.

The National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation explains, “Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education and helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.”

Later this summer, Groupon will host kids of all ages for Bring Your Kids to Work Day, but first, Parents @ Groupon has both Mother’s and Father’s Day events lined up to celebrate the hardworking parents of the ‘pon.

Want to learn more about our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)? Check out these stories to find out how our employees are getting involved.

How Women@Groupon is Commemorating Women’s History Month

How Women@Groupon is Commemorating Women’s History Month

Written by: Nicole Meyerson, Marketing Program Manager and Women@Groupon Community & Volunteering Co-Chair

Women's history grouponYou may recall some ideas we suggested for companies to celebrate International Women’s Week last year. Since our past celebrations of the important day have been so well-attended, and in light of the current political climate, we’ve expanded our programming to all of March around Women’s History Month.

Companies large and small can draw inspiration from our initiatives below. The first step is acknowledging that women in the workplace have different challenges than men, and that truly anyone can be an ally.

“We’re excited to build on the successes of last year and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of women with engaging programming throughout March,” said Anjana Dalal.  Deb Schwartz added, “Acknowledging all those who have blazed the trail for us makes me realize how much more impact we all can have.”

March 6: Women@Groupon presents our “View From the Top” speaker series featuring former Navy Seal and business expert Pete Naschak. He’ll discuss leadership skills for women in the workplace.

March 15: Groupon’s Talent Development team established a partnership with Second City Works to put on a series of Inclusion 101 Workshops; the first starts in March. In their words, “We believe that the same skills that make successful improvisers can also support an inclusive culture. By offering experiences, unpacking ideas, and providing real-world tools, our programs give participants ways to practice inclusion.” Explore their course offerings.

March 16: In partnership with Blacks in Groupon (aka BiG) and IMPACT Chicago, we’re hosting a “Speak Up, Speak Out” self-defense workshop. Skills including reading body language and assessing verbal communication, projecting confident body language, and speaking confidently and powerfully can prove vital in a variety of situations.

March 17: Fireside Chat with Groupon’s new Vice President of Investor Relations, and Women@Groupon’s executive sponsor Deb Schwartz.

All month long, and March 11: Collecting gently-used professional clothing and accessories for Dress For Success throughout the month, and volunteering onsite at their Chicago donation center. (Anyone can contribute to their Amazon wish list!)

March 22: Networking organization ARA launched in Chicago in 2013, and has since established chapters in other cities across the country. Women@Groupon is co-sponsoring their event A Journey in Progress: Diversity & Inclusion at the Chicago Trading Company. This event is open to all attendees who register in advance.

Curious about what diversity and inclusion mean to Groupon at a corporate level? Read Karishma Patel Buford’s take, Global Head of Talent Development & Diversity, on ARA’s blog.

People of all genders can celebrate this important month with coworkers and loved ones. Follow the conversation on social media at #WomensHistoryMonth. Men, your efforts are needed and appreciated, too! Watch this speech to learn more about where to start.

Groupon employees: Visit Women@Groupon’s Skynet page to view more details about the above events, and to RSVP.

5 Ways to Engage Your Workplace Around the Movement

5 Ways to Engage Your Workplace Around the Movement

Written by: Nicole Meyerson, Site Editor and Women@Groupon Recurring Events Chair

International Women’s Day is an international movement that builds support for women’s rights and participation in political, economic, and social arenas. While its focus in the early twentieth century was on women’s suffrage and the ability to hold public office, just over a hundred years later, the theme is an extension of those liberties: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”

This year’s theme echoes the United Nations’ 17-point agenda, which comprises a goal for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, all to be achieved by 2030. And while the need for diversity evolution is global, each of us can create impact right where we work and live.

Here are five ways that you can prompt change around International Women’s Day during the week of March 8th in your workplace:

  1. Wear purple on March 8 to show support and awareness for women globally.
  2. Attend a local International Women’s Day event near you (here’s a panel in Chicago moderated by Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens). Bring a coworker or two, and invite them to bring a friend as well. You’ve created a group!
  3. Contribute to the conversation online by sharing articles that interest you about gender equality, from publications such as Lenny LetterHuffington PostCareer ContessaWomankind magazine, and more
    1. Be sure to include relevant hashtags to link your thoughts to the broader, online community: #PledgeforParity, #IWD2016, #WomenatYourCompany
    2. Bonus points for using a Pledge for Parity social media banner, similar to the ones seen following last year’s marriage equality ruling
  4. Join a Lean In Circle in your area, or create one for your workplace (no need to have read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, but it wouldn’t hurt).
  5. Formulate a panel of women leaders at your company to discuss their career journeys, and take questions from the audience.

Tune in to Women at Groupon’s live-streamed panel on March 10, “How to Succeed in Leadership Roles: Perspectives from Women Leaders and Change-Makers,” to hear local women executives’ opinions on how to effectively push women to seek out and succeed in leadership positions.

If we bring these important issues into the conversation, we’ll be on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by the year 2030.

Feel free to share what you and your company are doing to celebrate International Women’s Day in the comments below!