People and Culture
Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from and where do you live currently?
I grew up in Frankfort, Kentucky before going to college in South Carolina. I then spent a year abroad teaching English in Aix-en-Provence, France, before moving to NYC. I picked NYC having never visited before. I assumed (correctly, thankfully) that NYC would have good job opportunities and would be a forward-thinking enough place to come out safely.
When did you start at Even and what is your current role? Describe your team and how it fits into the company.
I started at Even in March 2019 on the Partner Solutions team, managing our savings/banking partners at the time. Since then, I have become the lead for the Partner Solutions Demand team and grew it from the scrappy, two-person operation it was to the incredible team of eight that it is today.
My team manages our relationships with all demand partners, except life insurance carriers, (a diverse set of companies, both fintechs and more traditional financial institutions, offering consumer financial services across loans, credit cards, and savings) with the majority of our time focused on lenders. Given the importance of our lender relationships, we work really hard to keep those relationships strong and grow the total number of consumers that use their loan products.
My favorite aspect of working with our partners is helping them develop new products for underserved consumer segments. Given our experience and breadth of network connectivity, we can help lenders evolve their products to better address underserved consumers, and work with our partners to build new products for that segment is highly rewarding.
What is your favorite thing about working at Even?
I've never worked at a company that is so acutely focused on its employees and each of our wellbeing and growth - and I'm not talking about vanity perks like a ping pong table or bean bag chairs. Our leadership doesn't have to tell us they care and they don't have to codify how they invest in each of us; it shows in the way we are provided flexibility and agency to bring initiatives to fruition. It shows in the camaraderie we have across teams and among various tenures and levels of seniority. It is seen in the way leadership solicits feedback from the company and acts on it.
What has been your biggest accomplishment or crowning achievement working at Even so far?
I take a lot of pride in contributing to the success of my team members. Whether it's growing an account, leading a new product initiative, or working through a career path plan to transition to another role in the company, the continued growth of each individual on my team is what brings me to work every day.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time for hobbies?
Have you ever had a brunch that turned into dinner?
I spend a lot of time out - I'm not much of a homebody. That might mean dinner, or drinks, or drag shows, and sometimes all three.
I love board games, cards, and video games (I main Zelda in Smash) but I need to play with a competitive crowd; winning is fun. On the weekends, I play in a 1000+ person volleyball league and can always be found afterwards slurping back a frozen margarita (irrespective of the weather) at New York's hottest club (it's not), Gymbar.
I've also recently gotten back into reading. I am waiting very patiently for the next volume of my favorite manga, Jujutsu Kaisen to come out. In the meantime, I'm about to finish Dune and Crying in H Mart.
What words of advice or encouragement would you have for a prospective Even employee?
3 things: Invest in your coworkers (superiors, laterals, and reports) and they will invest back. Ask for help, and give help with joy when asked. Finally, don't set meetings on my calendar before 9:30am.
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