Co-Founder and VP of Advertising
Mada co-founded Department in 2014, masterminding the community-driven advertising technique behind the corporate’s early, explosive success. Mada at present leads advertising and new market improvement for Department, and he or she stays deeply concerned within the firm’s international tradition initiatives, which have led to a number of business awards.
Might 31, 2022
I’m excited to share the story of Cynthia Chiang, Department’s Senior Advertising Supervisor. Cynthia joined the advertising crew six years in the past and it’s been unbelievable to see how her profession has grown together with the corporate, as she’s made large impacts on our crew, tradition, and the best way we market Department. In honor of AAPI month, Cynthia has additionally shared her expertise of being an Asian lady in tech. If you happen to’d prefer to work with superb individuals like Cynthia, try our open roles.
You’ve been at Department for six years, how have you ever grown throughout that point?
I used to run all issues associated to our Cell Development Meetup neighborhood, from working the precise occasions to promoting sponsorships to our companions. Ultimately I owned different advertising applications like conferences, VIP occasions, dinners, webinars, revamping our electronic mail nurture technique, engaged on ABM initiatives like organising Slack notifications, and launching our junk mail program. I’m now heading up area advertising in North and South America. It’s been a complete journey however I’m grateful Department has allowed me to develop a lot in accountability within the final six years!
What do you’re keen on about your job?
I really like the quantity of possession I get for my initiatives and the way my crew can hand me an enormous venture from scratch and provides me the liberty to give you the technique on easy methods to execute the venture. It’s nice to be given an immense quantity of accountability to make main choices but additionally have the choice to lean on management if there’s one thing I would like a second opinion on. Your stage doesn’t matter loads at Department and I really like that the corporate empowers workers to have a bias for motion. It’s good how every little thing strikes so rapidly right here as a result of we aren’t slowed down by asking permission for every little thing.
What makes Department totally different from different locations you labored at?
I like how Department is at all times making an attempt to enhance as an organization it doesn’t matter what dimension the corporate is at. The corporate places a powerful emphasis on sharing greatest practices, offering suggestions to one another, and educating workers by way of trainings and e-book golf equipment.
How has being an Asian lady formed what you deliver to Department?
It actually challenges me in a optimistic method as a result of I don’t wish to match into the mildew of what a typical “Asian lady” is – agreeable, simple to stroll throughout, smooth spoken, and so forth. Being an Asian lady at Department has jogged my memory that it’s okay to talk up if you happen to disagree or to deliver up points if I’ve any.
What do you worth most about your coworkers?
Their dedication and possession. I do know I can anticipate the very best high quality of labor from them and it challenges me on a regular basis to ship the identical high quality of labor. It’s inspiring to work with a gaggle of colleagues which are so devoted.
Inform us a memorable story about your self or a coworker.
We hosted a convention in 2017 known as Branchout and I keep in mind folding t-shirts with Mike Molinet, co-founder and COO till 4 AM to verify every little thing was excellent earlier than the convention began the next day. That is once I knew how excessive Department’s caliber of perfection was and the way keen the founders are keen to get their palms soiled 😉
What motivates you?
Final yr I used to be fortunate sufficient to rent two individuals to affix the sphere advertising crew at Department. My crew, Kara and Claire, encourage me on a regular basis. They each have an extremely excessive sense of possession, go above and past, and actually exhibit our Department values. Their dedication to excel of their job at all times conjures up me to be the very best supervisor I can for them.
What do you want individuals knew about being an Asian lady in tech?
I might say that once I first began working, I attempted to be both Asian or American however as time went on, I actually appreciated embracing being each Asian and American and bringing each cultures to the desk at work. As an Asian, I used to be taught to place my head down and let my work shine whereas American tradition typically encourages much more self promotion and visibility. Balancing this has at all times been tough for me however I’m positively studying easy methods to navigate this and let my work shine in a humble method.
Do you might have a bit of recommendation for different Asian girls seeking to construct a profession in tech?
I might say to only do it! I can’t think about myself in one other business and though there could also be just a few challenges right here and there, the rewards are a lot extra and it’s been thrilling to see how I’ve grown personally and professionally.