Connector Spotlight: Tina Goyal
March 24, 2020
Q: Tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on.
I’m really excited to be working on Diversity and Inclusion at Connected as the Chair of the newly formed D&I committee. This new responsibility dovetails perfectly with my existing mandate of increasing gender diversity in Engineering by working on our recruiting/hiring processes.
I’m also passionate about leadership, coaching, work culture, and growing other people in the company.
Q. What’s the most interesting challenge about the project?
In the competitive landscape of tech talent, scaling and growing at a pace and quality required while increasing diversity is a huge challenge, but it’s one everyone at Connected and in the wider community should prioritize.
Q. Where did you work prior to Connected?
I worked at a startup called Terapeak where we built a SaaS analytics product for e-commerce sellers. We were later acquired by eBay and I worked there as part of the Terapeak team before I joined Connected.
Q. What achievement are you most proud of in your career to date?
Building great teams that build great products.
I’m an Engineer by education and profession, but a coach by heart. In the coaching mindset, I see opportunities instead of problems and people’s strengths instead of weaknesses. I love bringing this mindset with me everyday when I hire, lead, and mentor people and teams.
Q: Do you have a mantra you live by?
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”Maya Angelou
Q: What do you love to do outside of work?
Other than playing with my kids, I love to do yoga, workout, and read.
Q: On that note, what was the last book you read worth recommending?
The last book I read that I highly recommend is Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute.
Although, I’m currently reading Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, so I’ll have to keep you posted.
Q: Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, learner, compassionate.
Q: And finally, what’s your favourite product and why?
My current favourite product is Rotimatic—my robot roti maker. I get to feed my kids rotis made fresh and healthy, just like my mom did for me when I was growing up.
Thu May 19
New Job. New World. Same Values.
Some of us haven’t started new jobs during the pandemic but many of us have (including 100+ of the new Connectors that joined us these last two years!). For those who have, you acknowledge the challenges in getting acquainted with new processes, systems, and building relationships with colleagues remotely. Add this to ensuring that yourself and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. So, what’s the secret to successfully beginning a new job remotely? Values. Learn how Leanne Paura leveraged each of Connected’s values uniquely to overcome some of the challenges with transitioning to a remote-first world since she started in her role as VP of Design.
Thu May 5
Connector Spotlight: Chris Kim
Not only is she often characterized as among the best and brightest - Chris Kim, Talent Acquisition Coordinator here at Connected, also has an undeniable knack for attracting the same. With a background stronger than steel but a soft spot for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Chris always brings her humble, honest, and hilarious self to everything she does. Just don't ask her how her favourite basketball team did in the playoffs.