Jess Harada, a Program Manager and Recruiting Coordinator Lead, shares a little about herself and what Women’s History Month and feminist energy mean to her.
Our mission at Dropbox is to unleash the world’s creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working. Creative energy is the force inside everyone that drives them to be inventive, imaginative and solve big problems — it’s not about being a “creative person” so much as approaching work with possibility and optimism. Our Women’s employee resource group took the idea one step further and created an internal campaign, “This is Feminist Energy” and asked Dropboxers (men included) what feminist energy means to them. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll be featuring Dropboxers and sharing their thoughts on feminist energy.
Q: What is your name, what office do you work out of and how long have you been at Dropbox?
A: My name is Jessica Harada (Jess), I’ve been at Dropbox for a little over 2.5 years and I work out of the San Francisco office.
Q: What is your current role at Dropbox?
A: I’m a program manager and recruiting coordinator lead on the university recruiting team. I plan our campus trips and summer internship program as well as manage three recruiting coordinators.
Q: When you’re not at work planning campus trips for the University Recruiting Team, or running the summer internship program, what can we find you doing? Any accomplishments outside of work?
A: Pottery! I started hand building in high school and college. After graduation, I realized I had so much more free time after work, that I didn’t have to spend studying. So, I started taking wheel classes at a community center. I completely fell back in love with it and can be found at the studio a couple times a week. With more time to focus, I’ve really seen improvements in my pottery, from making some very questionable bowls to making vases, pie tins, single pour over coffee cones, etc. :) They make great gifts too!
Q: What is something that you have done/accomplished at Dropbox that you’re proud of? When did you do this and what was the impact?
A: I coordinated the first Dropbox San Francisco Volunteer Day as part of Dropbox for Good in October 2015. It was a really wonderful experience working with 4 local SF non-profits and helping give Dropboxers opportunities to use their volunteer time off days. It’s great to see Larkin Street Youth Services, one of the non-profits we worked with, become one of the partner organizations for the recently launched Dropbox Foundation.
In Spring 2017, I had the opportunity to create a new summer software engineering internship program: Dropbox Launch. The program focuses on students who haven’t had a previous technical internship and provides hands on mentorship to help “launch” their software engineering career. The program was successful with two launch interns returning for a second internship this summer and we are excited to continue the program this year!
Q:What does feminist energy mean to you?
A: Being present and fearless. Leading by example and being a role model.
Q: Are there any present-day inspirational Women figures in your life?
A: Melinda Gates and my grandmother.
Q: Do you have any thoughts/suggestions on how we can better celebrate Women throughout the year?
A: On a daily basis we can celebrate women with even the smallest actions: through compliments, kind & thoughtful gestures, treating everyone with respect, just overall human kindness!
Check back soon to meet more Dropboxers! In the meantime visit us at dropbox.com/jobs. Dropbox is growing, grow with us!