Optoro is made up of a diverse collection of individuals who have come together to achieve a single mission–to transform the reverse logistics industry by finding homes for used and excess goods. We like to highlight that diversity with our Employee Spotlight blog series, during which we sit down with an employee every month to hear a little bit about the people who make the Optoro culture so distinctive.

How would you describe yourself in 10 keywords or fewer?
Positive, curious, thoughtful, extrovert, strategic, effervescent, punny, kind, enthusiastic.

What is your role at Optoro, and what do you do?
I am the Office Ops and Events Manager. My role has a huge part in making our employees happy, whether that’s organizing fun, inclusive events or making sure the office is somewhere people really want to be. It’s a great way to share my creativity with every department in the company.

What did you do before Optoro, and why did you choose to work at Optoro?
Previously I worked at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) as their Meeting Planner. I worked on their annual event of 700 people and other smaller flagship events like the Chicago Luncheon and New York Gala. I chose to work at Optoro because everyone I met with showed passion and enthusiasm for the company and their job. It was flowing out of everyone I talked to and I wanted to be a part of it!

What is the most important thing you have learned since starting at Optoro?
I’ve learned to think outside of the box and challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone. I’m constantly thinking of how to make each event new and exciting but with the same foundation that the veterans at Optoro have grown to know and love. It’s great to know what works and what doesn’t work, and the only way to find that out is to just go for it!

What is the best part of working at Optoro?
I love the collaboration here. Everybody helps each other and there’s always something bringing us all together. It feels like everyone has a seat at the family table. 

What would you most likely be doing on a normal Saturday afternoon in your free time?
I’m crazy busy these days so if I’m not traveling to visit friends all over the place, I’m wedding planning!