鶹ýAV

Inclusion

Whitney Wanton

She/Her/Hers

Project Manager, Marketing Operations

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Talk to me about a place where you can be yourself.

The dance floor. Yes, I love going out. I love being around friends and enjoying the nightlife or having brunch. Once you start blasting the music, that’s when the real me comes out. Because I love just letting loose.

Tell me about the biggest teachable or meaningful moment in your life thus far.

I would have to say motherhood. It is not what people say it is. I had this lovely Netflix show in my head and then when it happened, I’m like, WHOA! This isn’t what I thought motherhood was. I think the teachable moments were learning to really love yourself in every stage of your body. I think a lot of people say motherhood is the most beautiful part of your life, but they don’t really talk about all the heaviness and mental health challenges that come with it. You really must love yourself because this is something that not everybody can do and not everybody can deal with. I look at my son today and I say, “Oh my God, I did that” and smile.

If you were to win an award, what would your walk-up music be?

“Runs the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé! Because yes. I’m having children and I’m getting back to business!

If you could talk about something for 30 minutes without preparation, what would it be?

This is a hard one because I like talking but I would have to say, the love I have for my country Cuba and my culture. I left my country at such a young age. There was a disconnect between my family that lives there versus my experiences here in the U.S. So, I feel like I could talk about how that experience was for me, but also when I went back, and what I saw. I get emotional when I speak about my country because it’s like a piece of me that I haven’t fully developed and mended. So, there is a lot of curiosity that goes into it

How would you describe the culture at 鶹ýAV?

It’s very different in a good way from other companies that I’ve been a part of. I haven’t had any experience with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), and I think that is what really attracted me to make connections in the first place. “Like, yeah, here’s the job. OK, cool.” But then when I saw all the diversity and inclusion opportunities and these ERGs, I’m like, wow, this is very different. I love it! I dig it! And now being an ERG member, I realize I can bring my authentic self here, whereas in other companies, I had to kind of, just be.

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