In celebration of International Women’s Day — that’s today, March 8! — we wanted to introduce you to some of the women on our team who truly rock and are a big part of making Redbox the awesome company that it is.
But first, here are some inspiring words from our Chief Financial Officer, Sonia Jain. Sonia earned degrees from Princeton, MIT and Harvard Business School, and is responsible for our company’s long-term financial health and direction. When asked what advice she’d give other professional women who are hoping to emulate the kind of successful career she’s had, Sonia had this to say:
“There’s really no one path to success. I believe success will come more easily if you can find something you are passionate about. That might mean you have to take a few risks along the way, which is why doing everything you can to surround yourself with smart people who care about your personal and professional development is so important.”
Wise words, indeed! Thanks, Sonia — you are a true inspiration to us all.
And now, here’s an excerpt from our Q&A with some Redbox women who rock.
To start off, can you each explain what you do at Redbox?
Maria Dabrowski: I’m a Senior Marketing Manager and oversee the company’s Social Media strategy.
My goal is to bring you closer to what’s in the Box (and just as important: what’s happening behind the scenes!)
Maura Gray: I’m Director of Brand and Product Marketing.
I am our #1 brand advocate, ensuring that everything we do encompasses who we are, while driving our proposition of a cheap and easy way to get new releases.
Mina Moradi Fumagalli: I’m Senior Director of Tax, and I lead the tax department.
I love what I do and I love the people I work with. We are fortunate to work with and support every department in the Company!
Mary Reed: I’m a Field Service Representative.
I’m responsible for weekly visits to our Boxes to make sure that movies and games are loaded in correctly and of course to ensure each machine in my coverage area is working properly.
Lindsay Rowland: I’m our Social Media Associate and Community Manager.
I handle the day-to-day responsibilities on our social media channels as well as Redbox Unscripted. [Hey, that’s what you’re reading right now!] I also engage with our customers on social media in an effort to really build that one-on-one connection.
Kavita Suthar: I’m Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis.
My team is responsible for the annual budget, monthly forecasting, and long-range planning cycles
OK! Now that we’ve done intros, let’s hear about who inspires you, either personally or professionally.
Maria: My grandma, easily. She came to America in her 50s as a doctor and started her career over completely — learned the language, adapted to a brand new culture, became a nanny to help support her family and now travels the world and teaches English.
Mina: My 4-year-old daughter, who I want to grow into a strong and bold individual. I want her to learn that through hard work, determination and confidence, anything is possible. In a recent back and forth with older brother who told her she couldn’t play floor hockey, I heard her respond “YES I can! I can do anything I want. And I’m smart too!” Yessssss, I thought to myself as I did a little fist pump. She’s already catching on.
Maura: An old boss from National Geographic. She taught me that I need to speak up and be heard because no one is going to do it for you. You need to voice your thoughts, beliefs and opinions, and by doing that, people will view you as a person who adds value.
If you could meet any woman in the world — dead or alive — who would it be and what’s one question you’d ask her?
Kavita: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I would ask her what she’s most proud of.
Mary: Amelia Earhart. I would ask her what gave her the desire and fortitude to become the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic.
Mina: I’ve actually been pretty lucky to hear some phenomenal female leaders speak, including Maya Angelou, Mellody Hobson, and various female CEOs, CFOs and CTOs of different companies. Each one provided key life lessons that I reflect upon, and usually adopt, to make myself a more well-rounded individual and professional.
I would love to hear Oprah Winfrey speak. I’d want to ask: Who influenced you in life to mold you into such a strong and passionate person who strives to make this world a better place?
What’s the best career advice you’ve been given?
Lindsay: Understand that it’s okay to say no when you don’t have bandwidth. Having too much on your plate isn’t only stressful, but also incredibly detrimental to your other work.
Maura: You have to build your own path and not wait or expect for things to be handed to you.
Mina: Don’t pass up an opportunity or role just because you think it’s a stretch for your current capabilities. Step up to the challenge, even if you may not have mastered all the skills associated with completing the task, or you think you haven’t achieved that job level yet. You’ll be surprised what you learn along the way and that you will see success in the end!
Maria: It’s OK to fall down. Use it as a motivator to try harder next time. Don’t let anyone make you feel inferior, and always be proud of your work.
What’s a quote that motivates you that you’d like to share with other women?
Lindsay: “To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” It reminds me that you don’t always have to have all of the answers, but if you can admit that you don’t and still have the confidence to move forward, you’ll be better off in the end.
Kavita: “Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” It’s from the wonderful book “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
Mary: “There is a reason your windshield is bigger than your rearview mirror. What lies ahead of you is much more important than anything behind you.”
This was fun! Thanks to all of you for your hard work at Redbox, and for being phenomenal women in general.