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What’s New with Humu—January 2019 Edition

Written by Meghan Casserly

This time of year, change seems to be the name of the game.

Everyone around the world promising to change the way we eat, the way we exercise, the way we show up at work.

For 2019 though, we’re embracing a new mantra. In 2019, you are enough.

Just as you are. With all of your quirks and any extra pounds. You—stunning, and special, and sometimes stressed out—are enough.

What we’re doing…

We’re more than doubling the team at Humu this year, and moving to a (much!) bigger office to continue our efforts to make work better. That means hiring the best and the brightest from all walks of life.

As you might imagine of a team led by Laszlo, our process is rigorous and our bar is high. But when we welcome new team members on their first days, we tell them to come exactly as they are. To bring all of their experiences with them—from their families and their cultures to their first jobs and their worst jobs.

We’ve found that it’s the combination of each one of us being our authentic, idiosyncratic, and extremely driven selves that makes Humu a great place to work. To celebrate this, a peek at three authentic, extremely driven women joining the Humu team this winter:

Lea Kissner

Lea Kissner

Lea joins Humu from Google, where she spent 11.5 years working on security and privacy efforts, most recently as Global Lead of Privacy Technology. As Humu’s Chief Privacy Officer, Lea will reinforce our commitment to the privacy of employees everywhere. We’re thrilled to have Lea join us, and to bring an additional strong, female perspective to Humu’s leadership team.

Follow her on Twitter @leakissner

Lea Kissner

Liz Fosslien

Liz is a writer-illustrator best known for the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work (more on that later!). For the past three years, she’s run workshops for leaders at Facebook, Nike, and Stanford on how to create inclusive cultures. At Humu Liz will be focusing on nudge creation—and using her unique talents to drive behavioral change to make work better.

Follow her on Twitter @fosslien

Lea Kissner

Sophie Alpert

The newest member of Humu’s front-end engineering team comes to Humu from Facebook, where she managed React, the company’s open-source UI library that’s used by more than 1M engineers. Prior to Facebook, Sophie was at Khan Academy. We’re excited to have Sophie’s talents and her passion at Humu HQ—as a role model for young engineers and trans people in Silicon Valley, her perspective will make all of Humu’s efforts even stronger.

Follow her on twitter @sophiebits

What we’re learning…

In corporate lingo, “bring your whole self to work” has become the rallying cry for diversity and inclusion efforts everywhere. But there are other benefits of authenticity. Namely, power. 2018 research from the University of California at Berkeley found that, across five experiments, subjects gained a subjective sense of power by being authentic.

Specifically, participants reported feeling more powerful when they imagined (or remembered) themselves behaving authentically rather than inauthentically. What’s more, when participants watched the behavior of others, they inferred a greater power in people—and considered them to be better leaders and negotiators—who behaved in an authentic fashion. And this was true controlling for pre-existing differences in power.

So the next time you’re questioning whether to show your true colors, consider what message you might be sending of your leadership style.

What we’re loving…

Because it’s never too early embrace the message of self-acceptance, the new parents of Humu are loving Grace Byer’s I Am Enough . With an emphasis on diversity and inclusion––combined with beautiful artwork––we’re loving our little ones just the way they are this month, and making bedtime matter just a little bit more as we kick-off a new year together.

What we’re reading…

Thanks to a well-connected future-employee, we’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on an advance readers copy of No Hard Feelings from the writer-illustrator duo of Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy and… we’re in love. The book is a visual (and hilarious) exploration of the ways our emotions surface in our workdays—and a guide to accepting and embracing your feelings without your credibility flying out the window. It’s out February 5th, and we couldn’t be more excited.

That Liz will be joining our team shortly after—well that’s just the icing on the cake!

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