Cooper Joy, Recruiting Coordinator and ultimate frisbee extraordinaire, shares his thoughts on creative energy and what Pride Month means to him

Cooper Joy

For this year’s Pride Month, we are illuminating and celebrating the LGBTQ experience by sharing Dropboxers’ personal stories. Everyone’s story and identity evolve together over time, a mixture of both their innate genetic makeup and experiences. The fond memories and formative moments we hold onto as part of our history inform who we are and who we strive to be. With that in mind, Pridebox, our LGBTQ employee resource group, chose the theme “Connecting our History with our Future.” In celebration of Pride month, we’ll be featuring Dropboxers and sharing their stories that connect their past to present.

Q: What is your name, what office do you work out of, and how long have you been at Dropbox?

A: I’m Cooper Joy, and I work at HQ in San Francisco. And June 20 marked working at Dropbox for two years.

Q: What is your current role at Dropbox?

A: At Dropbox, I coordinate interviews and look after the day-to-day logistics of recruiting operations to help our teams grow and bring in talent to their organization.

Q: Anything that you have done/accomplished at Dropbox that you’re proud of? When did you do this? What was the impact?

A: For Pride Month this year, I organized a speaker panel of LGBTQ individuals in sports. It’s amazing to have the opportunity at work to organize an event exploring topics that are meaningful to me personally.

Cooper (far left) moderating the Pride in sports panel

Q: What are your hobbies? Or what can we find you doing outside of work?

A: I play an inordinate amount of ultimate frisbee in my free time. I play on a travel club team during the “summer” (April–September), and I’m usually playing in at least one rec league at any given point during the year. I love teaching new players the game and constantly learning together with my club teammates.

(left) Cooper playing defense, his favorite. (right) Cooper’s club team after winning their last tournament

Q: Any accomplishments you’re proud of outside of work?

A: I help organize and run a recreational ultimate frisbee league, Big Gay Frisbee. We have about 100 people a season and run two eight-week seasons a year, in addition to trips to fun tournaments and annual skiing and camping trips. It’s a great way for people to connect and bond over a shared interest.

Cooper in a Big Gay Frisbee game, looking to launch it [the frisbee]

Q: What is something interesting about you that not a lot of people know?

A: I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, and love anything and everything Australian (but, low key, everyone already knows that because I’m always talking about it). While I was there developed an affinity for thrill seeking! Now I love jumping off things and traveling wherever I can.

(left) Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef (right) Bungee jumping in Cairns, Australia

Q: Why did you decide to join Dropbox?

A: I wanted to move to San Francisco to work in tech recruiting, and Dropbox was the perfect company for me to do that. Working for Dropbox allowed me to learn best-in-class recruiting operations and feel connected to the impact of my work.

Q: What did you do before?

A: I worked in HR/recruiting at ~500 person startups in DC.

Q: What does “creative energy” mean to you?

A: The idea of “creative energy” always makes me think of being in a flow state. Whether you’re a chef putting together a meal, a runner catching their second wind, or putting together a masterful spreadsheet, you’re in that flow state and unleashing your personal creative energy on the world.

Q: How do you unleash your creative energy in your day?

A: I unleash a lot of creative energy when I engage in physical activity. Playing any team sport inherently involves strategy and many moving pieces, and it’s always fun to come up with new ways to challenge yourself in the gym. Also, singing and dancing in the shower. =)

Q: What does Pride Month month mean to you?

A: Pride Month is about celebrating the bravery and uniqueness of the queer community. It’s about reminding myself of how brave I’ve been and rededicating myself to loving myself and everyone around me.

Q: This year’s theme is Connecting Our History With Our Future. Can you share a memory from your past that holds significance to you as part of your process of forming your identity, a memory that stands out when you think of your younger self?

A: When I started playing ultimate frisbee on my college’s club team, I finally found a sports team whose culture was so inclusive and loving that I knew I’d be accepted. It still took me a while to come out to them, but when I did, I found only support and love. That team provided me a place to grow into myself and gain confidence. It became a home base from which I could venture out and explore, knowing I would always have a family behind me. That really helped me build the belief that I would find acceptance in this world and gave me the confidence to be myself in all parts of my life. Broadly, reflecting on all this has helped me realize the importance of community in all of our lives and drives me to try and contribute to building similar communities for others.

Cooper (standing row, 2nd from the left), with his junior year college team, after winning the conference championship! Note the college hair

Check back soon to meet more Dropboxers. In the meantime visit us at dropbox.com/jobs. Dropbox is growing, grow with us!

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