Welcome to Roll Call, a series where we’ll introduce members of the Class team from around the world. Class is made up of diverse, authentic, caring, and humble people who all have one thing in common; they want to change the way the world learns!
This week, we’re excited to introduce you to Elizabeth, Director of Marketing Operations, based out of Huntsville, Alabama.
Get to know Elizabeth a little more!
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A teacher! We are all teachers in our own right, and I strive to be a lifelong learner.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl? How do you like to start your day?
Without question, I am a night owl. It takes me a little while to fully wake up in the morning, so I like to start my day by getting moving and taking my dog for a walk. When I get back from that, I like to make coffee, read my emails, and watch the news for about 15-20 minutes.
Q: What was your first job?
I started babysitting when I was eight or nine and continued doing so for years, but the first time I was on payroll was when I worked at Coldstone Creamery. Back in the day, we would sing every time someone gave us a tip – reach out if you’d like to hear a song. (I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I was promoted from ice cream scooper to waffle cone maker.) Also, my arms have never been stronger than they were when I was scooping ice cream every day. Great workout.
Q: Why do you love working at Class?
I love working at Class because I believe in the mission of changing the way the world learns. I’ve worked at various B2B tech companies throughout the course of my career, and am so happy to have made my way back to EdTech. We’ve all been students before and can relate to our end users in a very real way, all while improving the way people live and learn.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Q: How can companies build an inclusive culture?
Whew, this is a big question and I wish I had the perfect answer – but there are things that we can all do to collectively make an impact. In my opinion, inclusion boils down to being kind, considerate, open-minded, and welcoming. It’s making a conscious effort to help people gain a sense of belonging. It’s asking people about their day-to-day, personal life, their future aspirations, and past experiences. It’s making connections through similarities and learning from differences. And last but not least, stand up for one another.
Q: How do you celebrate Pride month?
A few ways and I’m open to adding more to the repertoire! I typically read or watch documentaries about how the Stonewall Riots sparked a movement, learn from friends in the LGBTQ+ community, donate to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and support local businesses run by members of the LGBTQ+ community year-round.