International Women’s Day Discussion & Networking Event

International Women’s Day Discussion & Networking Event

Groupon is delighted to invite you to our Dublin offices on Thursday 08 March for a lunchtime panel discussion and networking event focusing on the changing landscape for women in business and industry. We will be joined by guest speakers including:

  • Tanzi Murray, Director Customer Experience & Design, Mastercard
  • Maria Reidy, CEO Maria Reidy Events
  • Faith Hopkins, Systems Analyst & Mature Student
  • Gabi Stafford, Senior Director International Marketing Operations, Groupon

During our discussion we will explore such areas as promoting gender diversity at the board room table, female entrepreneurship, the power of critical skills and mentorship.

Join us for a lively debate and Q&A with networking canapés and refreshments from 12:30 and panel discussion from 13:00-14:00.

To register fro this event please contact the organiser below.

Meet Gabi, our Senior Director of International Marketing Ops

Meet Gabi, our Senior Director of International Marketing Ops

GABI STAFFORD

Senior Director International Marketing Ops
Dublin
Joined: 2014

Our Director of International Marketing Ops shares her love of Groupon’s open, diverse culture and how working here has lifted her game.

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Tell us about your Groupon story so far.

I have been at Groupon for three and a half years and I’m on my 4th job and my 5th boss! One thing you can say about Groupon is that it is never, ever boring. I love the fast-paced, results-based environment. I have learned more than I could ever have imagined at my time here and working at Groupon has truly lifted my game. When I started in 2014 I was Head of International Email and now three and half years later I am Senior Director of International Marketing Operations, a role with responsibility for all online international marketing channels. It’s been an exciting and wild ride.

 

What’s the secret to succeeding at Groupon? What type of person tends to excel here?

Success at Groupon is based on results: you need to be passionate, results-focused and data-driven to excel here. Creativity and an entrepreneurial bent are also definitely beneficial. You should like being constantly challenged and thrive on problem solving. All of that being said, respect, integrity and inclusion are core Groupon values so you should also enjoy working with lots of truly individual and awesome people.

 

What is Groupon like as a workplace for women? Does it feel like a diverse, inclusive space?

My personal experience of Groupon is definitely that it is diverse and inclusive. As a mother, the flexibility and family first focus that Groupon offers is something that I haven’t experienced in other companies. My daughters are particularly fond of the soft drinks and chocolate on tap when they come in to play table tennis or foosball. We are very lucky, particularly in International to have a significant number of female leaders. Our International President, CMO and HR Leader are all women. At Groupon the sky is literally the limit!

 

“There is real power in coming together as a group not only to support one another but also to harness our skills and talent to positively impact the representation of women in STEM, particularly in Ireland.”

How significant is it that we are launching Women@Groupon?

Women@Groupon is very close to my heart. I work with a lot of incredibly talented, passionate women and Women@Groupon is one way to celebrate and nurture that talent here in Dublin while also having a few laughs: another important part of life here! There is real power in coming together as a group not only to support one another but also to harness our skills and talent to positively impact the representation of women in STEM, particularly in Ireland. Dublin Women@Groupon is all about having an eye on the future.

 

What does your mother think you do?

I think she pictures me on the starship Enterprise constantly talking on my state of the art video phone. She loves the fact that I work globally for a well-recognised brand, even if she’s a bit vague on the details!

Kathleen, EMEA Facilities Manager

Kathleen, EMEA Facilities Manager

KATHLEEN McRORY

Facilities Manager, EMEA
Dublin
Joined: 2016

In her own words, Kathleen is responsible for “everything you see, touch, taste or break from above the floor to below the ceiling!” So as EMEA Facilities Manager her days are busy to say the least! Read on to find out more about her Groupon story and why she loves her job.

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I started here officially in November 2016 but back in 2014 when Groupon was based in Harcourt Road (in Dublin’s city centre) we had been a client in Regus where I was working, so it feels a bit fated that I found my way back to the green green grass of my Groupon home! When I was interviewing for roles in 2016 and I told my parents one of them was for Groupon my Dad almost fainted with excitement “The Groupon!!! I LOVE “THE” GROUPON!!” I think it’s the first company I worked for that my parents were familiar with and already loved so they knew I’d be in safe hands! They aren’t sure what it is I do but they tell people I run something in “the” Groupon so I guess that’s close enough!

I think understanding people and being willing to put the work in is key to succeeding here. If you visit our office you can tell that everyone is working and owning that work. I look after 140 people day-to-day and they are all individual and unique. The secret to success here is getting to know that you can’t group all people into one neat bundle. You have to take the time to understand them and their needs. To listen, try to be patient and never take yourself too seriously! Groupon is not like anywhere I have ever worked. You are encouraged to be yourself, to be unafraid to shine, to express your opinion and to be involved in shaping our future. We make it a matter of course to think outside the box: we don’t just talk about it, we do it.

“Job satisfaction in any company can dip and rise. The best part of working here is that when there is a dip, there is a troop of fierce, strong and motivating men and women in your corner ready to lift you up and help you adjust your perspective.”

Groupon for Women

As a woman working in a male-driven area of the business I have been so lucky to have a boss who champions me and respects my opinion. As a woman working in Groupon as a whole I am surrounded by amazing females who I am constantly learning from. We are so lucky to have women in senior management who lead by example every day and female colleagues who lift each other up without a second thought. 

My work is ever-changing and endlessly challenging in all the best ways: from nursing kittens who were born under a floor in one of my meeting rooms to reimagining ways to make each office even more welcoming than before! Working in different countries, understanding cultures and dynamics to make each place that bit better.  I have spent my short time at Groupon laughing (mostly at myself…) rushing from place to place, feeding the masses, growing and learning at a rapid pace which keeps me on my toes and always taking the time to enjoy it. I have never had a dull day or moment. I have never gone home and thought “I didn’t do my best today.” Job satisfaction in any company can dip and rise. The best part of working here is that when there is a dip, there is a troop of fierce, strong and motivating men and women in your corner ready to lift you up and help you adjust your perspective.

 

Meet Rachel, HRBP in Dublin

Meet Rachel, HRBP in Dublin

RACHEL KEPPEL

HR Business Partner
Dublin
Joined: 2017

Resilience, pragmatism, resolve and an ability to work well with cats. Rachel talks about some of the surprising secrets to success at Groupon.

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Tell us about your Groupon story so far.

I have been in Groupon 10 months now and work as HR Business Partner in the Dublin office primarily supporting the Tech, Marketing and Coupons teams in EMEA.  Most of my teams are located in Dublin however I am also responsible for some of our teams in Poland, Netherlands, Berlin, Italy, France, and London.   

 

What’s the secret to succeeding at Groupon? 

In my opinion the key to success in Groupon is resilience, pragmatism and resolve.  Groupon moves fast so it is important that you can keep up with the pace while driving your agenda. On the flip side you need to have a focus on making things fun.  We believe in making our lives less boring which means we all have a responsibility to build a great place to work. You need to have a sense of humor, and a commitment to excitement.              

 

What is Groupon like for women? Does it feel like a diverse, inclusive space to work?

I truly feel that Groupon is a great place to work for women.  Achieving a high number of women in leadership positions is a challenge that many firms face.  However within the Groupon office in Dublin, and indeed the wider business, we are very fortunate to have a strong female leadership team.  These inspirational leaders not only pave the way for our female employees but also instil a culture of inclusion within the entire office. We celebrate difference and know that having a diverse workforce changes the way we work and leads to greater success. As an employer Groupon has a lot to offer women.  

“We celebrate difference and know that having a diverse workforce changes the way we work and leads to greater success.”

How significant is it that we are launching Women@Groupon?

This group will not only offer a fantastic resource to empower our staff but also provide an avenue to encourage more women to consider a career in Tech, specifically at Groupon. By making employee stories and profiles such as mine available to external audiences, people can get an authentic sense of what Groupon has to offer as an employer.  We have also committed to making connections with local schools and show kids what a future in Tech has to offer.

These initiatives are owned by our employees and we all see the significance and are energised to make a difference.  We want to add value not only to the Groupon community but the community as a whole.

 

What excites you about your work? What’s on the horizon that keeps you engaged and interested?

I am excited to learn more about the business, ensure that our people strategy supports our success and ultimately continue to make Groupon a great and fun place to work.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen in the office?

This one is more unique than strange … Within my first week of Groupon it was discovered that a cat had given birth in one of our meeting rooms.  Our lovely office Manager Kathleen stepped up and hand-reared the cats for several weeks. When they were ready to be adopted they were given a loving home with one of our Managers, Seamus!   

 

What does your mother think you do?

My mother thinks I interview people all day even though I haven’t worked in recruitment for at 5 years.     

 

Ashley from Risk Operations in Dublin

Ashley from Risk Operations in Dublin

ASHLEY HOMAMPOUR

Risk Operations
Dublin
Joined: 2011

Ashley’s seven years at Groupon have seen her change roles from Customer Service to Risk Operations, and changes sides of the Atlantic from Chicago to Dublin. Here she talks about her career growth and watching Groupon evolve along the way too.

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Tell us about your Groupon story so far.

I have been with Groupon for almost seven years, so I’ve got both a green and a black jacket. I began my journey in the Chicago office as a Customer Service Representative back in June of 2011 and crossed into Risk Management into 2013.

I currently handle Risk Operations mainly for North America but am incorporating our international markets now that I am in the Dublin office. I ensure that the front line Risk Management team has clean and current processes with other stakeholder departments, so it’s a lot of coordination and training. I also maintain Risk’s ticketing system and ad-hoc systems requests. I have gone from an individual contributor to a manager and then back to individual contributor again. Although my path has been wonderfully non-traditional, the level of professional and personal support I have received from my manager and the director of Risk has been immeasurable.

 

What’s the secret to success at Groupon?

I would have to say tenacity or a tenacious person. You can’t be afraid to get down in the dirt and go for what you want. You have to take ownership of your work and your career. It can seem daunting, especially if you are unsure of you want or you are in uncharted waters but the type of person who excels here will be courageous enough to step back, evaluate what’s needed for them to plot their course and right their ship (excuse the weak metaphor, I’ve been listening to a podcast about famous pirates today).   

 

What is Groupon like as a workplace for women? Does it feel like a diverse, inclusive space?

I am more than pleased to say I have watched Groupon transform into a diverse, inclusive space. It is really a privilege to be able to see your company do some self-reflection and say “Is this the best we can do?” As a woman at Groupon, I comfortably speak up, stand on my own, take up space, and watch as more and more accomplished women are filling leadership roles to carry us forward. I am also pleased more of our male colleagues are doing their bit to be allies and help promote equality in the workplace.

 

 

“As a woman at Groupon, I comfortably speak up, stand on my own, take up space, and watch as more and more accomplished women are filling leadership roles to carry us forward.”

 

How significant is it that we are launching Women@Groupon?

It’s incredibly significant that we are launching Women@Groupon and I am excited to be a part of it. I hope it will be a source of support and inclusion for current and future employees. I hope it will also serve as resource as we build our name outside our doors, specifically within local schools and our larger community.

 

What does your mother think you do?

Hahah! My mother thinks that I do something complicated with our systems, so she is partly right. She knows I plan and plan and plan and then teach people about my plans. She says I am good at that and I’d say she’s probably right there too!

 

And finally….

When I applied for a Customer Service job in 2011, I had no clue what I was getting into. The US, much like the rest of the world, was recouping from the economic downturn and Chicago was no exception. I was out of work and was weeks away from completing my last class for my Masters in Business Administration. I landed the job at Groupon and figured, I’d start at the bottom, learn the company, and work my way up. I finished my degree two weeks into my CS training.

Over the last seven years, I worked really hard and my career took off. I learned so much I couldn’t have anticipated. One of the biggest things? You are only as good as the people you work with. It sounds corny and I feel like most people say this, but it’s true: I’ve met people who became my closest friends. We’ve watched each other meet their partners, get married, have babies, celebrated birthdays and holidays, leaned on each other through break-ups, divorce and death. Three years ago, I went through one of the toughest times in my life, but they were there for me just the same. They were there for me when I met my partner and decided to embark on a two year long distance relationship between Chicago and Dublin. And they were there for me, this past year throughout the transfer process as all the business logistics and personal aspects came together. I miss them dearly, but I am very happy to be in the Dublin office and I can’t wait to find my next set of people!