Our Strategic Partnerships team first highlights what they do by sheltering and how they work together while being physically separate.
The strategic partnerships team is to stay connected and achieve your goals as we practice social distancing and working from home. Despite the shelter-in-place order, the team has never been so cohesive and synchronized.
In addition to one-on-one phone calls with our individual managers, we check in as a team at the start of each week with a video chat to discuss goals, challenges and how we can support each other. We keep in touch throughout the day on our Google Hangouts group chat, which has been a stimulating space to ask questions, encourage each other and spread positivity. As a team, we have prioritized personal and professional growth during this time, ensuring that our diversity and inclusion efforts do not fall through the cracks.
We kick off each monthly team meeting with a “D&I Moment” to intentionally foster an inclusive culture. Each team member takes turns facilitating the D&I moment, which has been a great way to challenge perspectives, bond as a team, and promote inclusiveness. The team has been working hard as we navigate the new normal, prepare for the virtual career fair, WE20, and stay in constant communication with our support partners.
Strategic Partnerships Team on what they are doing during sheltering in place:
While we are working from home, Jennifer scott, Vice-president of Strategic Partnerships, keeps the team focused on personal care. She’s learned that simple things like going for walks and chatting with friends are key to breaking up the day and staying positive through this unfamiliar situation.
Monica cutrone, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships, has learned to be more adaptable and to provide as many solutions as possible rather than focusing on the uncontrollable. It’s also learned more about the negative impact of women during a crisis, which strengthened her commitment to SWE and what we stand for.
Despite the unforeseeable circumstances, Judy Burke, Commercial director, find silver linings. She appreciates that the team has had the opportunity to strengthen relationships with our partners. Longer conversations with organizations highlight the “people side” of the partnership that everyone enjoys.
We all got a glimpse of the average working day Sohn Cook, Development managementr, who works remotely from California year-round. Sohn’s key to being successful at working from home is to change the routine. Even small things like taking a different path while walking can make every day different.
Rachel Jessen, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance while sheltering in place. She found that working from a designated workstation in her apartment and setting daily goals helped her stay productive throughout the day. Ending the working day with a walk in the neighborhood allows him to disconnect and deactivate “work mode”.
Sinead Gaffney, Senior Strategic Partnerships Specialist, finds it easy to feel disconnected from the world outside your home; but the team made it a priority to stay connected and motivate themselves throughout the week. She has learned that we have bakers on the team and can’t wait to get back to the office to try their treats! Even in these uncertain times, the team is committed to working together to accomplish SWE’s mission.