One thing keeps registered nurse and LinkedIn member, @jessiesamide, motivated: Gratitude. "I am grateful to be in the position to fight for those that cannot fight for themselves." Jessie believes nursing is more than a job. "It's a profession that binds every single person who is part of this community. It doesn't matter where you work or where you come from, we are in this together – fighting alongside each other." If Jessie could let other nurses know one thing, it would be that there are millions of people rooting for them, especially her. Well, Jessie, you can add us to that number. #WorldOfWork Every day, healthcare heroes are fighting to make a difference. Join us in showing gratitude to the professionals helping our communities.
Museum consultant and science educator Dustin Growick, AKA @dinosaurwhisperer, is finding new ways to reimagine his career and edutain people, even if museums are closed. His job is to take people through several million years of history in just a few hours, but now he time travels virtually. “I started doing daily Dino 101 sessions (online) in order to reach and engage adults and kids looking for an outlet to learn and escape at home.” His ultimate goal is “a marked improvement of the quality of engagement, entertainment, and education coming from cultural institutions.” Dustin’s job helps expose people to the wonders of science, and he measures success in questions: “questions people ask about how life works, how this planet works, and—ultimately—how WE work.” #WorldOfWork 📸: @zzzzzzak / @drunkascheese
Dedicated nurses, like LinkedIn member, @chrisflakoo, are always there in times of need. “It is tough but it means the world to me because this is what I am meant for.” Providing care to those in need drives Chris to bring his best to work every day. “[It's about] giving others another opportunity at life, giving them a feeling they'll never forget regardless if they even remember my name or not.” Thanks to nurses and healthcare workers like Chris, patients know they'll get the care they need. #WorldOfWork #WorldHealthDay Every day, healthcare heroes are fighting to make a difference. Join us in showing gratitude to the professionals helping our communities. 📸: @__.donotdisturb
Now, more than ever, nurse and LinkedIn member, @sstich79, continues to find a deep motivation to care for others. “I knew that I wanted to choose a path that would truly make a difference in the world, and that’s still what keeps me going.” Sara entered the nursing profession to help people. Every shift she’s reminded that she is right where she’s meant to be. Many consider her a frontline worker, but she believes we all are in it together. “Every single member of society has the ability to join the front-line fight simply by doing everything within their power to slow the spread of COVID-19. Practice social distancing. Make responsible choices for yourself, your family, and your community. And for God’s sake, WASH YOUR HANDS!” #WorldOfWork Every day, healthcare heroes are fighting to make a difference. Join us in showing gratitude to the professionals helping our communities.
When LinkedIn member, @mollycarrphotography, started her #SmallBusiness, she knew she had to bring a distinct POV to wedding photography. Her career has taken her to amazing places to capture breathtaking moments for couples–and it all started with a blog. "Early on in my marketing career, I created a lifestyle blog that featured images from my travels around the world.” This exposed Molly to small business owners and made her realize that there were other opportunities she could explore. “The connections and relationships I made with this experience gave me the courage to pursue my greatest passion, photography, and to dive into it as my full-time.” Three years later, Molly is sharing her vision for all to see. #WorldOfWork The world of work is always changing - join us in supporting the many businesses on the front line of our communities.
Delivery driver and LinkedIn member, @schlersygirl, feels honored to serve others. "Essential workers are vital in keeping our economy going as well as helping others through these unprecedented times." She finds motivation during her shifts with the help of customers. "They have been leaving thank you notes on their doors, chalk notes on their driveways, and words of encouragement as we work." Every day, frontline workers like Ashley help communities locally and globally. Join us in celebrating these dedicated heroes. #WorldOfWork
Elementary teacher and LinkedIn member, Peter Limata - @storytimewithmrlimata, finds purpose in the classroom. "I had always wanted to teach...I loved the ‘aha’ moments and also the feeling of fulfillment I got from working with others.” Now that Peter teaches online, he is motivated to make sure his students get the best possible education despite the current situation. "My students have remained the same—happy, resilient, smart, honest, and, most of all, kids. I know this situation is not easy for them but they keep going. Plenty has been asked of them including a massive change in routine and being away from friends. Tapping into their energy gives me focus and puts a smile on my face every time.” As Peter teaches, he hopes to positively influence his students while spreading joy and hope for tomorrow. #WorldOfWork 📸: @Lydz_y Now more than ever, we appreciate the dedication and hard work of teachers around the globe. Share your gratitude and #ThankATeacher.
Albrey Brown (@albreypreston), LinkedIn Member and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead at Airtable, loves helping candidates navigate their careers from the interview process to negotiating a promotion. "The tech industry will look the same if we don't intentionally change our practices. Companies should think about diversity and inclusion strategy in the same way as sales and engineering - integral to the growth and long-term sustainability of their companies. After that, hire and promote more black and brown women." Right now, he is stepping up to support his team and community. "Both coronavirus and the recent protests against police violence has expanded the scope of DE&I professionals. I am both an internal confidant to folks struggling to cope with our rapidly changing culture, and a crisis management consultant for leaders wondering what statement they need to make." Over Albrey's career, he's seen diversity and inclusion grow, but he continues to push the tech industry to go further. "The industry has shifted from awareness to education. There's a lot of work to be done to turn that education into action and advocacy." #WorldOfWork
LinkedIn Member, Alexandria Butler (@naturallylexi27), is a senior program manager @Twitter, speaker, freedom fighter, and founder of @Sistacirclebwit— a solidarity group for Black women working in the tech industry. When she started her tech career in 2011, she realized that she was often the only Black woman in many professional spaces. So she made the conscious effort to meet more Black women in the industry, which has blossomed into a 6100+ global community. "Sista Circle: BWiT has been a magical journey that I stumbled into. As it grew, my community challenged me to show up and show out for them as a community organizer and leader. I want to make sure every time I am in a room, their voices are heard. I want everyone to know that the collective exists." Alexandria sees herself as an advocate for Black women in tech. "The women in this group are so much stronger, wiser, and more talented than me. I am honored to just be in their space and in return, I must always fight for them." #WorldOfWork 📸: @eyeconik.media
LinkedIn member, Victor Scotti, Jr (@v_anthony13), believes the most powerful thing you can do for a person is see them. As a Human Resources & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader at Google, he makes it his purpose to do so through initiatives for change like Be Well, Bro!, a Black men's health forum he created with a coworker. "We recently hosted an event with 70+ Black+ male Googlers—from individual contributors to Vice Presidents–where we brought in a psychotherapist and coach to simply sit with all of our emotions. It's rare (read: nonexistent) for Black men, Black people, and people of color to be in a space where we can just be." Victor believes that others can also be a part of promoting positive change. "First, we're at an inflection point in the world. What got us here won't get us where we need to go. Let's collectively commit to doing something different. Second, folks need to understand the way systemic racism and capitalism works globally by educating themselves. Third, folks need to do something; protest, vote, donate, engage with their employers on how to make an impact, have crucial and tough conversations with your family. Invest in finding out whatever will move the needle in your sphere of influence and pursue it." The work is hard, but Victor is encouraged to see so many thinking about how they will contribute to a positive and lasting change. #WorldOfWork
LinkedIn member Aerial Ellis, Ed.D. (@aerialmellis) runs Advisory 83, her consultancy firm dedicated to helping organizations improve their diversity and inclusion programs with better communication and training programs. She knows the guidance brands need to navigate cultural change, so her #WorldOfWork is more crucial than ever: “Now with the uprise in racial injustice, organizations are again recommitting to the priorities of having internal support around diversity & inclusion and getting down to the bottom of long-standing or unaddressed issues in the workplace and in their industries.” Enacting positive change starts with difficult conversations- this is why using storytelling to solve problems has become her favorite part of the job. “We just often need someone to help us unpack our thoughts and apply them strategically.” She wants people to face the truth that our inequitable society is unkind to people of color, especially Black people. "We have to address the human condition, see where we’ve turned a blind eye for so long and start taking specific steps to make things right.” Aerial believes emphasizing people’s humanity is essential to the community as a whole. “We need each other. Anyone who seeks a legacy of longevity and effectiveness realizes that he or she stands on the shoulders of someone else. This means that our humanity is interconnected and that change cannot take place unless we work together to see it happen.”
Pilot and LinkedIn member, Marlon Dayes (@876pilot), is still flying, but his #WorldOfWork looks different these days. “I have not been able to fly as often. That’s definitely what I miss the most. Aviation has a history of ups and downs–no pun intended. It’s a cycle in this business and it will be up again.” As a First Officer, Marlon’s primary responsibility is to assist the captain and serve as second in command of the aircraft. “During a typical day I am responsible for the exterior and/or interior inspection of the aircraft before flights. This is done to ensure the aircraft is in a safe condition for flight.” And it’s not just Marlon that’s doing his part to keep flights safe. “The entire aviation industry is working hard to ensure they have the best traveling experience when they return.” While the travel industry has changed, his love for his job has not. "Despite all of the uncertainty I love what I do. The sunsets, sunrises, terrain and city lights I see are breathtaking. I have the best office in the world.”
Lieutenant and LinkedIn member, Sam Eckholm (@2ltsam), joined the U.S. Air Force in search of a new challenge. That pursuit led him to the role of photographer and videographer for the @f22demoteam. ”I have the opportunity to not only see the world, but document the incredible mission of a team made up of some of the most talented young men and women our Air Force has to offer.” Throughout his work, Sam finds new ways to share his captivating visual narrative. “From the second I picked up my camera, my goal was to share a story with the world and to bring people together by showing them some of the things that bring me happiness and excitement.” Sam believes finding something that you and others can enjoy is the most important thing you can do when following a passion–which also fuels new inspiration. “My biggest motivation is always those around me. When you have the opportunity to showcase your work to an audience, it almost feels like it is your responsibility to give it everything you’ve got. I want others to be able to enjoy the images and videos I am putting out and to maybe even feel inspired themselves.” #WorldOfWork #ArmedForcesDay
LinkedIn member, Kristen Lefkimiotis (@krislefk), works as a critical care nurse. Even though her job can be exhausting, it's worth it to her. “I get to be part of the solution. I get to be part of something that has changed our world, and medicine, forever.” She has faced moments where she has stepped away to let it all out, but she comes back ready to help. “It's hard dealing with your own fears on top of everyone else's. Just know, if you have a loved one in the hospital, we see you. We hear you. We feel you. We get you. Our hearts bleed for you. Know that we understand your fears, and we love SO hard on our patients for you.” #WorldOfWork Every day, healthcare heroes are fighting to make a difference. Join us in showing gratitude to the professionals helping our communities.
LinkedIn member, Taylor Walden (@taywalden), owns @simplesentimental, a #smallbusiness that makes gifts for every occasion. When the need for PPE started to grow, she rose to a different kind of occasion: Making masks. “Someone in Europe posted about how they were making PPE for healthcare workers using their laser engraver, so we thought we’d try it out too.” Soon after, Taylor and her staff quickly pivoted to creating masks for local hospitals. “It seems like it’s harder for them to get supplies, perhaps because they serve a smaller population, but they still need face shields and PPE to protect themselves. Our local hospital is in Greenville, NC and serves 29 counties in rural eastern NC, so we wanted to make sure they had the face shields they needed.” #WorldOfWork 📸: Kyle Roebuck Photography The world of work is always changing — join us in supporting the many businesses on the front line of our communities.
LinkedIn member, @emily.steele, is a new mom and owner of two small businesses: @love.local and @brand.launch. In addition to her job of helping local businesses thrive, she also wants other moms to feel empowered and bring their influence to the table—no matter what it is. “[Mothers] can show how they individually excel. For some of us, it's by being a total boss and managing a household of adorable kiddos. Some of us are inspired to be CEOs of the corporations we work at. Others are starting side hustles with small children.” Social media has allowed Emily to see how everyone has a path they thrive within and we can celebrate whatever that is. “I personally love showing the entrepreneurial journey because it lights me up. Maybe another mother has been curious about entrepreneurship and me sharing my journey is just what she needs to launch her dream business.” #WorldOfWork #MothersDay
Nurse and LinkedIn member Geremy Wooten, @iv_que, knows teamwork plays a major role in the face of uncertainty. “In order to fight this thing, all front line staff must support one another and work together collectively. It truly takes a tribe to care for our patients during this time.” Geremy and other nurses have experienced tears, laughter, and celebrations as a united front. He believes these hurdles have made for a stronger team that is motivated to deliver the best care. “Teamwork has been at an all-time high, and I really feel that has provided us with some very positive outcomes for our patients.” #WorldOfWork Every day, healthcare heroes are fighting to make a difference. Join us in showing gratitude to the professionals helping our communities. #NationalNursesDay
Anesthesiology resident and LinkedIn member, @docjp3, finds encouragement in community. John believes those on the frontline must continue to lean on each other to be lifted up. "My advice to other healthcare workers is to keep faith. Despite our challenges, we will get through this." And this goes beyond healthcare workers. "We all have to stick together...everyone in society has a role to play. Health care professionals hear the cheering outside our hospital walls and in the community, we get the notes, we see the stories of gratitude and praise on social media. It's a reminder that we are a community and we are all in this together." #WorldOfWork We're thankful to the healthcare heroes who provide care and compassion to patients at this time. Join us in celebrating the professionals helping our communities.