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Evelyn Lee, Senior Experience Designer at Slack addresses transitioning roles and also provides words of advice for those who may want to switch fields and explore other aspects of their expertise.
Jason Shah, Product Lead at Airbnb, discusses the importance of seeing your career as a road map rather than a ladder to climb and emphasizes the significance of bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to already existing companies.
Stephanie Manning Cohen, Senior Director of Platform at Lerer Hippeau, explains the significance of the interview process and provides tips on how to utilize your existing network to find your dream job.
Kevin Varadian, VP at Cutover and former VP of Sales at WeWork speaks about the importance of failure and provides major insights into the world of sales.
Former CEO and Real Estate expert Craig Robinson provides tangible and practical tips to anyone considering a career change.
Mary Jantsch, People Operations & Remote Work Consultant, shares insights on how the hiring process has changed as more people work remotely.
Jeff Bussgang, General Partner at Flybridge, speaks about evaluating startups both as an investor and an employee.
Laura Brounstein is a storyteller, having taken up a deep interest in stories through books and other mediums from a young age. She found her way to her career path through politics, television, magazines, real estate—and now tech. Her life’s through-line is that she was able to propel herself from editing stories to helping brands (and even presidential campaigns) find unique, fresh ways to tell their stories. Join Laura as she details the major turns in her life that led her to become the Senior Vice President of Brand and Creative at Clear.
After graduating from college with a degree in English, Natalie Sportelli took on a series of internships—most notably at Forbes, where she later accepted a full-time position as an editor (and the first under the age of 30). She found herself especially inspired by founders and startups, and got to work more directly with them when she moved from journalism to venture capital. Through multiple career pivots, she has had to re-establish her personal brand with her expertise in each new space. Follow along as Natalie recounts her professional life and how her internship experience ultimately informed her career.
Sally Rogers has gone through multiple major career shifts in her professional life—from academia to banking, consulting, and, most recently, entrepreneurship. Through it all, she began to understand her own interests and motivations, and began to see building a career as an effort existing in tandem with self-exploration. Through this introspection, she ended up leaving behind the corporate world and creating her first startup company, finding herself happier and more unshackled than ever before. She’s learned the importance of following her dreams in her career, as well as the necessity of learning who she is outside of her professional life. Listen as Sally takes you from her darkest moments to the amazing place where she is today—the founder and CEO of Parsnip!
Alexa Meyer, the Co-Founder and CEO of Coa, has approached her career from the mindset of wanting to build something herself someday. Early in her career, she was recruited into a sales role, which later led her to work for Interbrand, the world’s largest brand strategy company. That experience gave her an understanding of how Fortune 500 companies build brands and marketing strategies that keep them relevant in our constantly changing world. Later, Alexa used her network to find a position in marketing at a startup, working closely with the founders and using it as a learning experience to better understand the challenges and pitfalls of running a company. In this episode, Alexa reveals her journey from selling McDonald's toys door-to-door to her leap into the world of startups and her role as Co-Founder and CEO of Coa, which is fighting the stigmatization of mental health and working toward getting people as proactive about it as they are about their physical health.
Shay Loko began her professional life pursuing a law degree because it made sense to her—but near completion of the degree, she realized what she actually wanted was something that would help her create connections through her day-to-day life. From sales to a consulting job out of Ireland, to where she is now as a senior account manager in a tech company helping others find jobs in their fields of passion, she’s learned that you should be deliberate, clear, and confident in planning your future and building your personal brand. She’s always believed that every experience is valuable; what matters are what you put into it and what you focus on getting out of it. Follow Shay as she accounts the extraordinary trajectory of her life post-law school.
Rebekah Bastian, the Co-Founder and CEO of OwnTrail, started off her professional life with a mechanical engineering degree because she wanted to be an inventor. She ended up realizing it wasn’t what she expected, and later got a job with Microsoft as a program manager. After about three years there, she sought something different from a large, corporate environment. That’s how she ended up at a new startup called Zillow, where she worked for the next 15 years, essentially touching every part of the company. Rebekah then wrote a book, which ended up becoming an entire startup—and she left her career to pursue it.
Lara Perlstein graduated with a psychology degree and wasn’t really sure where to go next. She decided to take a job in retail, and she worked her way up to store manager. Over the next few years, she worked multiple different jobs as office managers and administrative assistants, believing that all of the unique experiences she was having would only help to benefit her future. Eventually, she found herself running out of ways to move up and gain new experiences in the corporate world—through which she had been treading for so long—so she began seeking something new. A friend from college had created a startup called WeWork that was growing quickly at the time. She applied there, and it ended up being her home for the next almost five years until she found her way to Teal—which is where she resides today as Vice President of Operations. Join Lara in this episode of Nonlinear as she shares her life’s journey of specializing in being a generalist!
Emily Kramer has spent most of her life in the field of marketing. Through multiple marketing jobs—from her very first at an ad agency in San Francisco to roles at both startups (like Asana) and larger corporations (like Carta)—she realized her love for helping startups grow into flourishing companies. Emily also discovered she enjoyed hiring and building teams, which fit cleanly with her interest in investing in startups. Listen as Emily speaks about the amazing passage of her life leading up to her creation of MKT1, an advisement and investment company for startups.
Lakshmi Rengarajan is fascinated by how people meet and get to know each other. First honing her people skills as a bartender, she later jumped on an opportunity and got a master’s degree in marketing at her local college. Not too long after, inspired by the recent growth of online dating, she ended up creating her own company, which held singles events modeled after TED Talks. Through time and her unending dedication and commitment, Lakshmi has become an in-demand, professional people-connector at companies like WeWork and Match.com. In 2020, she launched a podcast of her own called Paired By the People, which looks at the modern dating landscape through the lens of the set-up.
Lia Zneimer, now Head of Brand & Content Marketing at Teal, began her professional career in a totally different field. In college, she double majored in English and theater, then post-college she worked professionally in theater in New York. She loved her time doing that, but it was a tiring lifestyle, and she wanted something more stable financially. Through a great deal of self-reflection, she ended up stepping away from theater and moving toward something new—a complete 180° career shift. She found her way into public relations with Scholastic, and later stepped into a role assisting with social media responsibilities, due to the burgeoning new form of marketing social media was becoming at the time. She worked with Scholastic for four years, then ended up accepting a role with a startup called WeWork as a social media manager, where she grew through the next five years. Follow along with Lia as she describes the trajectory of her life into her current role at Teal from the initial whiplash of her complete career pivot over a decade ago.
Jennifer Bangoura is a huge believer in finding small-world connections wherever she is in life. Starting her professional life as an Art History and French major in college, she grew very interested in West Africa and later moved to Mali as a Peace Corps volunteer. While she was in Africa between Mali and Bamoko, she fell in love with not only the man who would become her husband but also the pursuit of a career path in education. From schooling in Vermont to becoming a travel coordinator, to then working as a career services specialist, follow along as Jennifer recounts the fascinating story of her life up to the point where she is now: the Director of Career Innovation with Nexford University, as well as a consultant for the Future of Learning Fund in Africa.
Originally from Minnesota, Jessica Peltz Zatulove moved to New York post-college and began her career doing media strategy for large brands like Gucci, Puma, 20th Century Fox, H&M, and Verizon. Fairly early in her adventure in the corporate world, she became fascinated with startup companies and formulated a plan to begin working with them. She ended up joining one of the first innovation boutiques as their second employee, helping startups find their first customers and helping big brands like Kraft and Unilever learn how to commercialize emerging technology. From 2014 to 2020, she worked at a corporate VC practice, investing in companies addressing the needs of a modern CMO, and then in 2020, using the professional experiences and connections she’d gathered up to that point, she and her business partner Kate Beardsley founded Hannah Grey VC, where they invest in pre-seed founders redefining everyday experiences. Follow along as Jessica recounts her career journey, all the way back to her entrepreneurial roots selling friendship bracelets and origami to her classmates in elementary school.
When Meggie Palmer was working as a journalist several years ago, she found out that her male counterparts were making significantly more than she was, and approached HR to inquire about the difference. She was told she had two choices: quit her job if she was unhappy, or hire a lawyer. So she hired a lawyer. Though Meggie’s since pivoted from her career in journalism, she’s still passionate about leveling the playing field for women across industries, helping them push for equality. In today’s episode, our Founder & CEO Dave Fano chats with Meggie—now the Founder & CEO of PepTalkHer—about how she found her calling in coaching women to be more confident in the workplace. Listen as they dive into Meggie’s first job as a local news reporter near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and how it set her up for a career in journalism; the seasons of your career, and how they can ebb and flow over time to align with your needs; and how Meggie pivoted from being a successful journalist to creating PepTalkHer, a company that supports and empowers more than 60,000 women globally and helps them advocate for raises and promotions.
Nick Mancini is a builder of brands and communities, specializing in their management, leadership, and growth. Beginning in finance, moving to entrepreneurship, then sliding back into the corporate world via cloud sales, he has always had a strong focus on startup companies. Nick jumped headfirst into crypto when it was only in its infancy due to his belief in the importance of understanding the goings-on in the innovation landscape; he then later returned to it post-Covid to build a massive team of 150+ people working in the crypto market.
16 years ago, Javier Ramírez Lugo—a native of Puerto Rico—flew thousands of miles from his family and everything else he’d ever known to pursue a dual major in finance and entrepreneurship in Boston, Massachusetts. In this episode, he talks about his journey post-college, from working more structured jobs in finance to taking the plunge and moving to California to help build a startup. From Standard & Poor's to Goldman Sachs, Zenefits to WeWork, here's how family influence, risky decisions, and bulls-eye career moves have led Javier to his current role as the founder of Cuota, a B2B sales consultancy partnering with venture-backed companies across the US, Latin America, and Spain.
Creative Executive Rachel Gogel on Launching Story-Driven Experiences at Facebook, GQ Magazine, The New York Times, and Airbnb
Paris native Rachel Gogel has a deep passion to use her voice to help create close-knit, inclusive communities, especially for women and the queer community. After her very first graphic design class at the University of Pennsylvania, Rachel knew that she was where she needed to be and declared her major. Graduating into a recession had its challenges; Rachel took internships until she made her way into design work that kept her afloat and broadened her horizons. Not long after, she was given the opportunity to be the manager of the marketing art department of GQ at only 22 years old. Her next few years were a whirlwind, as she also worked with the New York Times and Facebook and transitioned from design to the tech world; she later started working as a design manager in a small design studio called Godfrey Dadich Partners. Presently, she is doing freelance work with clients, most notably American Express and Airbnb. Follow along with Rachel’s story from her small beginnings in design creating the yearbook in high school to one day helping build multidisciplinary teams at the New York Times, GQ Magazine, Facebook (now Meta), and more.
Dayle Zielentino, Managing Director at Penny Deer, grew up in Newcastle, UK, intending to be an architect, but after graduating at the tail end of a recession, doubled down on his technical skills to land a job and found himself moving away from the future he'd imagined. From a transformational move to London to a series of career pivots that led him to where he is now in real estate development, Dayle's tapped into the power of networking (both in-person and virtually through Twitter), the growth that happens when you aren't afraid to ask questions and admit what you don't know, and the knowledge that it's never too late to switch gears.
In Jessi Sanfilippo’s life, the most important thing hasn't been worrying about a big, flashy award for her work, but rather, being herself through the process and learning from each new experience. In this episode, Jessi opens up about her first job in radio (inspired by her love of pop culture icons like the Backstreet Boys); balancing a career with raising a child; how being at home with her son enabled her to tap into her creativity; her “no regrets” mentality when it comes to her career; her “aha” moment while toasting a PopTart; and how forming a creative agency led to a role in event marketing, which then helped guide her to where she is today, working at the intersection of three of the things she's most passionate about: tech, connecting people, and live music.
Kristi Kennebrew's greatest mission in life is to help people land the dream jobs that they’ve always wanted—and now, as a talent sourcer at Microsoft and the founder of Get Me Hired Kristi, she's doing exactly that. A high school love of sports led Kristi to study sports management at the University of Texas, but after struggling with economics classes, she pivoted and went into health (kinesiology, specifically!) before taking a risk and applying for a post-graduation role in sales. After 2.5 years working in sales at Oracle, Kristi tapped into her transferable skills and, after persistently interviewing with Google, landed a contract role as a technical talent sourcer, which served as a springboard for her current role at Microsoft. In this episode, Kristi dives into the many lessons she's learned about career pivots, transferable skills, finding your passion, and reverse-engineering job descriptions to leverage your strengths.
Entrepreneur, investor, and advisor Sam Lee has embraced a portfolio approach to both his career and his life, pursuing experiences that allow him to grow and contribute, whether at Fortune 500 companies like Goldman Sachs, turnaround success companies like AOL, or hypergrowth startup companies like WeWork. In this episode, Sam—now the Founder & CEO of IndeCollective, which focuses on the future of work and empowering independent workers to supercharge their careers—opens up about his early career pivot from international development to public policy, his formula for networking, what to look for in a mentor, and how his coming out journey at the age of 16 not only informed his work but also led him to discover one of his superpowers: helping others find their voice.
Amanda Natividad, now the VP of Marketing at SparkToro, has always been a content creator of some kind, whether that meant writing short stories in kindergarten or setting out to be a journalist. After graduating from UCLA, Amanda’s career took an unexpected pivot in her mid-20s: she chose to attend culinary school—which then led her to become a test-kitchen cook and, ultimately, a content marketer. In this episode, Amanda opens up about feeling like college wasn’t for her at first; the quarter-life crisis that so many people struggle with; how to find work that’s energizing; how she leveraged her transferable skills to job search through cold outreach to companies; and how rejection really can be redirection.
The second-oldest of 10 children in an Orthodox Jewish family, Eli Weiss didn't set out to pursue a career in customer experience—but his love of travel led him to work for a luggage Kickstarter campaign, where he leveraged his skills as a generalist to transform the business and its customer service philosophy. In this episode, Eli—now the Senior Director of Customer Experience and Retention at Jones Road Beauty—reveals his many career learnings, including how to present yourself as a specialist instead of a generalist; how to best appeal to hiring managers; betting on yourself by treating your career as a long-term investment; and how building your personal brand can help you land a new role.