March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the countless contributions women have made throughout history. In celebration of this month-long awareness event, we’d like to highlight a few of the many women who have contributed to FatWallet’s success. These are just a handful of the many amazing women who work at FatWallet, and they are all long-time employees who have grown right alongside the company. We thank them for being a part of the FatWallet family!
When did you start working at FatWallet? January 2002. But I was a volunteer moderator in our forums for two years before I was officially hired.
What was your job role when you first started working at FatWallet? Affiliate team/advertising coordinator.
How has your job role changed over the years? I’ve worn so many hats at FatWallet that it’s challenging to list them all. Volunteer moderator, affiliate team, advertising coordinator, Best Deals manager, senior offer editor, merchant relations manager.
What do you love about working at FatWallet? I love the culture of doing the right thing, helping people save money and the opportunities that I’ve had to grow professionally.
What’s the best deal-hunting tip you’ve learned from working at FatWallet? Look for a coupon to stack with every deal. There is almost always a way to make the price better.
Who’s your biggest female role model and why? Ani Difranco. She is unapologetically herself and speaks out about issues that are important to her and that resonate with me. She started her own label, Righteous Babe Records, at the age of 19 after selling cassette tapes out of the trunk of her car. Ani is an incredibly strong woman, an inspiration to women and girls, walking the walk as well as talking the talk. If you haven’t seen a show, I highly recommend it. She is dynamic, with so much energy that you can’t help but absorb some of that goodness when you see her live.
If you could have dinner with one female historical figure, who would it be and why? I want to have dinner with my mom. While not a historical figure in the true sense, she is part of my history. I understand so much more now about her struggles and triumphs than I did before she died. I miss her, and there is still so much to say.
If you could offer one piece of advice to other young women who are seeking careers in your field, what would it be? Do your very best every day.
When did you start working at FatWallet? August 2005
What was your job role when you first started working at FatWallet? Receptionist
How has your job role changed over the years? I moved from receptionist to offer entry specialist to merchant relations/sales rep for FatWallet. When Ebates acquired FatWallet 5 years ago, I was promoted to sales executive and just received a title promotion to senior account executive. I went from a quiet front desk job, which was perfect while I was in grad school, to my dream career in sales and account management. They’ll have to drag me out of here if they want to get rid of me!
What do you love about working at FatWallet? I’ve always loved the environment, the people and the challenge of managing merchant (store) accounts. When I first started with FatWallet, there were about 20 employees. It was so fun and laid back. A lot has changed; we’ve become more corporate, but we still employ the best people hands down. When I was promoted to the sales team years ago, and especially when Ebates acquired FatWallet, I began to really thrive on exceeding the goals management set for me, as well as growing relationships with our merchants. I love the people and I love my job.
What’s the best deal-hunting tip you’ve learned from working at FatWallet? Stack, stack, stack! Cash back, coupons and free shipping!
Who’s your biggest female role model and why? My mom. It truly wasn’t until I had my own daughter that I realized how much my mom did for my family, how much she sacrificed and how hard she worked at her job and at home. She was also so generous and kind, giving with her time to others, and always tried to instill in me a sense of right and wrong and treating people well. She passed away three years ago, and her impact on my life has become more evident every day without her.
If you could have dinner with one female historical figure, who would they be and why? Does Ellen count? There have been so many women who have won us so many rights and freedoms, who have fought for other’s rights and freedoms, who have championed those never championed before. All of that is so admirable and courageous. Having said that, I tend to admire women who go about daily life with a sense of humor: our moms, sisters and friends who are in the trenches working, caring for families, raising kids, trying to keep friendships and marriages healthy and happy and maintaining (or trying to maintain) a balance with all of that. Becoming a mom has changed my priorities, so that’s who I admire. But I’d still like to meet Ellen!
If you could offer one piece of advice to other young women who are seeking careers in your field, what would it be? Education is so important, but never underestimate the power of hard work, ambition and dedication. Never give up; someday someone will notice all you do and will see even more potential in you. And when it seems like no one notices and it’s all for naught, still don’t give up. Do it for yourself. You should be your biggest fan but also your steepest competition.
When did you start working at FatWallet? August 2008
What was your job role when you first started working at FatWallet? I started in merchant relations; my job was to work with our merchants to optimize their store pages, negotiate commission increases for competitive cash back and help them get more exposure throughout the site with exclusive offers and hot deals.
How has your job role changed over the years? I am currently the manager of the sales support team, and while I still do some of the same tasks that I did when I started, I now help train team members in negotiating, optimizing and selling. The sales support team supports our group of seven sales executives with presentation materials and reports, creates promotional materials for our promotions and on-boards new merchant programs. As a team, we manage about 1,300 stores on Ebates.com.
What do you love about working at FatWallet? The people! Over the past almost nine years, I have met a lot of fantastic people, both in the office and within our industry. I have had the pleasure of watching a lot of people grow within the company and have also gotten to know many people on a personal level.
What’s the best deal-hunting tip you’ve learned from working at FatWallet? Never pay full price for anything! There is always a discount code available for some money off, plus I won’t ever buy something online again without checking for cash back.
Who’s your biggest female role model and why? My sister Sue is my biggest role model. She has a very strong faith life, such a love for people and a very generous soul. I have always admired her!
If you could offer one piece of advice to other young women who are seeking careers in your field, what would it be? Never apologize for being a woman and everything that comes with it!
When did you start working at FatWallet? September 2008
What was your job role when you first started working at FatWallet? Merchant relations doing a bit of everything — sales, commission negotiations, pulling numbers and building reports.
What is your job role now? Account executive. Now my role is more sales-focused and more traveling, which are both what drives me. Really enjoy the face-to-face time with my partners.
What do you love about working at FatWallet? The culture and the people; feels like a family.
What’s the best deal-hunting tip you’ve learned from working at FatWallet? To do your homework when making a purchase, research pricing, read reviews and make sure to use a coupon!
Who’s your biggest female role model and why? Audrey Hepburn. She was not only beautiful, elegant and well-spoken, but she always put other’s needs in front of her own and was very willing to help and give back to others in need.
If you could have dinner with one female historical figure, who would they be? Natalie Wood. I would like to know what really happened on that boat that night. I always suspected she might have been a victim of abuse.
If you could offer one piece of advice to other young women who are seeking careers in your field, what would it be? To remember that you know yourself better than anyone else; therefore, your opinion about yourself will always be the most relevant and true.