Soon after, she took charge of writing the company handbook. To steal directly from the handbook, our four key values are:
- People come first
- Value Transparency
- Think Big
- Do Good
These are the values that Cesar and Schöneck constantly aim for, and that Emily was able to put into words. They're what 1SE is all about. It's pretty hard not to get behind a company that not only takes such a stance, but also actually lives it
, and Emily is the best role model I can think of to demonstrate these values.
Before long, Emily was taking on even more roles that she had to learn as she went. She began to work with Schöneck on operations, planning team retreats. As with so many things, this came about as a result of Emily throwing up her hand and finding out she was good at something. We decided to have our summer 2018 retreat in Portland
, where Emily calls home. Because of her familiarity with the city, she took on a huge role in planning hotels, dinners, workspaces, and activities for the retreat. But because she was so good at it and the retreat was such a success, she ended up continuing in that role for the company's next retreat in Lima, Peru
— the city from which our founder hails, but with which Emily had no familiarity at all.
Emily has always gone at life sideways like this. She finds a way to make herself useful wherever she wants to be, figuring things out as she goes. She thinks of herself as a misfit, but in some ways, it's more that she's able to retool her own skills to become a perfect fit, like glue filling and strengthening the fragile spaces of an old, cracked piece of wood.
Without a dedicated HR person, Emily got tossed some of those duties as well. She wound up being the shoulder for each of us to lean on, the person to call in times of stress. These duties ranged all over the map, but they all had two things in common: Emily's role always helped us identify and define who we are as a company, and her work always made 1SE a better place to work. In many ways, she set the groundwork for the direction that our company would grow over the next few years. In the midst of all of this, Emily was made Brand Manager, which meant that not only was she also responsible for crafting the voice of the company, she was also in charge of me