Early in my career, while interviewing at Citigroup for an administrative role, the HR Director asked if I would consider joining her team instead. When I admitted that I had no Human Resources experience, she replied, "Great. No bad habits." That interview was the beginning of a career in HR at Fortune 100 companies that spanned six years.
In 2008, after being affected by a mass layoff, I free-lanced as a Social Media Consultant, created a humor and pop culture blog, and spent time volunteering. In an unusual twist, I was contacted by Apple to interview for a sales role. During several rounds of interviews, I was candid about my limited Apple knowledge. The reply was always the same: "Apple, we can teach. We can't teach personality."
I began my Apple journey when I was hired as a Specialist in 2009 (and was promoted to Genius Administrator within a year.) By the time I left Apple, I could take a computer apart and put it back together, run diagnostics on a different computer, replace the screen on an iPhone, and direct any number of Geniuses on their tasks for the day, often all at the same time.
Apple moves fast. Multi-tasking was a requirement. I thrived on that. Most of what I now know about hustle, precision, compassion, empathy, patience and teamwork, I learned during my two years at Apple.
In 2011, I accepted an opportunity to manage a medical makeup office in New York City and later a second location in Los Angeles.
Today, I am the Director of Volunteer and Youth Engagement for the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the American Red Cross (where I was formerly the Disaster Workforce Engagement Manager and a volunteer before that!)
I enjoy helping volunteers who seek to make a difference in their communities and I thrive on placing them in new and challenging roles within the organization.