My name is Allison and I'm an Office Manager for a social impact startup in Chicago. I moved last year from San Francisco, and I absolutely love my new city! In the summer I volunteer with the Chicago Brewery Running Series and take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer (bars, museums, beaches). Now that it’s winter I’m excited to be able to experience snow again!
What do you do for OrgOrg?
Chicago Chapter Head
What Inspired you to volunteer with OrgOrg?
I love the resources OrgOrg and it's members provide, and there wasn't a big presence in Chicago- so I'm trying to change that!
What projects have you worked on for OrgOrg?
Building Chicago's presence and getting more members and resources.
What is your day job?
Office and People Manager at Moonrise, a social impact startup that provides one day shifts and same day pay.
How did you get to where you are today?
After graduating I got my paralegal certificate from Georgetown. I decided I did not want to be a lawyer but worked as a paralegal in DC for 5 years. When I relocated to the bay I got my start as an office manager when the previous office manager went on maternity leave. I thought it was a great balance of my administrative experience and interest in events, so I've been working as an office manager ever since!
What is your typical day like?
We're very small so everyone pitches in for everything! On a typical day I'll run through our onboarding for our workers (Moonrisers) and make sure they get all their HR docs set. Sometimes I am on call and troubleshoot any issues our Moonrisers have. As an office manager I make sure the office is stocked, have regular meetings with employees, build our core team onboarding flow, and plan events to celebrate and grow our culture.
Anything fun or interesting you’ve worked on?
We’ve had a couple of great events with our Core team and Moonrisers (field days, holiday parties). Currently I’m starting to ramp up our social media presence and take on more recruiting!
If a high schooler or new grad walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tips, what would it be?
What you end up doing is not necessarily what you think you will! Industries are growing and changing and there are a ton of cool jobs that you might make your career that don't even exist yet.