This post is about Jennifer de Souza. I've shared an office with her for years and I just realized that she's been at the Chamber longer than anyone else in the office. This seems like a fine time to ask her a few questions about her job and the changes that she's seen. Here we go:
After being at the Chamber for 12 years, I'm sure your job has changed quite a bit. How has technology affected your role at the Chamber?
Technology has changed our office tremendously. First of all, cloud storage! No more unnecessary filing systems; many of our historical files have been scanned and shredded and stored on Google Drive. Secondly, with a number of free online editing tools out there to create and edit marketing materials or photos, it isn’t necessary to purchase expensive software. I can do editing using my phone and free apps. Lastly, HR & Payroll had been really hard to keep up with, as laws changes constantly. With one stop shops like TriNet, it has simplified our process, saved us so much time and all is done online.
You've seen lots of downtown restaurants come and go. Tell me your top 3 favorite restaurants in Mountain View to grab a quick lunch.
Ramen House Ryowa
What kinds of changes have you seen in your office over the last 12 years?
It seems like yesterday when we had our old cubicles that were as tall as the ceiling, a boardroom table that took at least 4 people to move, and a kitchen area that barely fit one person. Today, with the generous donations from Google and LinkedIn, we have beautiful flooring, stand up workstations, a functioning kitchenette, and a designated Visitor’s area - we are so thrilled!
How have you, personally, grown as a result of your role as the Communications Manager for the Chamber?
The personal and professional growth I’ve gained has been more than I could have ever imagined. The experiences and the people I’ve met over the past decade have shaped me into who I am today. I have a greater understanding and awareness of the Mountain View community and the potential impact the Chamber has on the business community and in building a vibrant community.
In the time that I’ve been at the Chamber, I’ve experienced:
12 Board Chairs
11 Art & Wine Festivals
5 Chamber CEOs, that’s right 5!
3 membership databases
3 new Chamber websites
2 parking lot accidents in front of the Chamber
1 incredibly inebriated person that I was brave enough to escort out of a Chamber event, and, yes, I would do it again.
It's safe to say that I love my job and I love Mountain View.