WorkHappy Wrap: Investing in the power of women, #winning the Greek yogurt market share, and a sweet new gig with the NFL

by Jennifer Sigler | April 7, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

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April has come, but there are no fools around here. Spring is officially here (hello rain), and we are here to re-introduce the weekly Work Happy Wrap — our way of keeping you informed of what’s happening in the world of jobs.  Buckle up and take note.

Startup like a Girl: Those who fund women entrepreneurs see a greater return. That’s right. And yet, very few women-led businesses are receiving funds from venture capitalists. So what’s the problem?

Australian-based investment group, Startmate realized that several of its rules were inadvertently disqualifying female entrepreneurs. After an intense revamp of its qualifications, approximately half of the 15 companies the group invested in this past year were run by women. Sounds like it’s time for other investors to follow suit — if they value a hefty return on their investment. And, you know, value equality.

What you don’t want to hear in an interview: “I’m surprised to be interviewing a mom.” The world of cybersecurity has never been an easy job arena for women.  News flash: Nothing’s changed. According to a 2017 report, female employees make up only 11 percent of the industry globally. This number has not nudged since the same survey was conducted four years ago.

This is nothing to say of the gender wage gap in the industry. Just a wild thought, but maybe, in trying to develop cybersecurity measures that have the ability to protect everyone, we shouldn’t be discriminating against 50 percent of the population… Something to chew on.

#Winning: Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya has found the secret weapon (and too-often unused tool) in the savvy business toolbox: Compassion. So who is this guy? Ulukaya came to the United States from Turkey roughly 20 years ago with little money and even less knowledge of the English language only to found the company that now leads the $3.6 billion Greek yogurt industry — and is responsible for 46% of all yogurt sales. NBD.

Status report: This last year he decided to implement a 6-week family leave policy to all new parents (with no restrictions excluding foster and adoptive parents) and give away 10 percent of the company’s equity to his employees. Just cuz. And that’s not all. The company’s staff is comprised of people from more than 15 countries — nearly one-third of which are immigrants — and more than 400 refugees. Compassion over controversy, people.

JOB OF THE WEEK

The National Football League is hiring a Media Events and Original Content Manager (Job #2416). The responsibilities highlight reel includes identifying and engaging artists for media events, managing artist relationships, and prepping and distributing trailers and show excerpts.

All of this, and you would be based in sunny California. If you’ve ever dreamed of producing content for the NFL Draft, Hall of Fame or Super Bowl Halftime Show, here’s your chance. (If this doesn’t give you serious job swoon, we can’t be friends.)

COMPANY PERKS

Picture this: You pull up to work, and walk into a building with windows that go on for miles, tons of comfy seating, and a fully-stocked (that’s right) employee kitchen. Working at HomeAway — a vacation rental marketplace company — comes with some serious privileges.

Not only are the Austin, Texas headquarters gorgeous, with open living room-like work spaces abound and a health gym in-house, but the other employee benefits (generous vacation package, free vacation rentals every year, and subsidized public transportation passes) are definitely worth taking note.

But the benefits aren’t all frosting. The company hosts “table talks” twice a month, where all employees are encouraged to share ideas, be creative, and get to know other departments. Bonus? The company is currently hiring at multiple levels. We could totally get on board with these working conditions.

Jennifer Sigler is a Senior Writer with The UpWrite Group. Send a message to services@TheUpWriteGroup.com to see how she can help enhance your corporate or personal brand.

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