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Cribl celebrates International Women’s Day 2021

Abby Strong
Written by Abby Strong

March 7, 2021

International Women’s Day is a day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

As a part of celebrating International Women’s Day 2021, we asked some of our amazing Women at Cribl to discuss what drives them to do their best work at Cribl. We’re hiring in every position, so come join us!

 

Desi Gavis-Hughson

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

May 2020, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

The product is incredible, and it does everything it’s supposed to do. I’m glad to be marketing a product that works, and works well. Not everyone has that luxury!

What is your personal motto?

大处着眼,小处着手。Essentially, it means to always keep the bigger picture in mind when working on smaller, daily tasks.

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

I log off of Slack right at the end of the workday, and turn off notifications for Slack and work emails on my phone for the night. Being on the East Coast with Cribl based on the West Coast, there’s a lot of conversations that can happen after 6 pm Eastern; it’s tempting to stay online a couple of hours later. I realized though that by not prioritizing my work-life balance, I was doing a disservice to the work I get done in the morning Eastern time and shortchanging the people in my life that need me in the evenings. That really helped me put things into perspective.

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

Probably my mom. She’s an Army vet, and just has an insane amount of discipline when she sets her mind to something. I continue to work toward that daily – it’s a process!


Rachel “Pie” Perkins

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

September, 2020. My role is Technical Marketing & Community Strategy

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

I enjoy working with adults. Cribl hires adults. It’s pretty great.

What is your personal motto?

Understand your own motivations before you act

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

it’s become a lot easier as I’ve gotten older and more aware of the value of my contributions–I set clear expectations and boundaries as to when I’ll be available and when I’ll be delivering something. this is easier with some roles than others, though…

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

I can’t pick just one: Christina Noren, Anne Hjortshøj, Aimee Cardwell — I’ve gotten a great deal of inspiration and guidance from each of these women, in different areas.


Zena Fritze

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

September 2020, Senior Director, Demand-Gen and Marketing Operations

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

All the smart people and the work I get to do! But, I love what I do so it’s always the people that make the biggest difference for me. Even though we are remote, I can feel the energy and excitement everyday (although I don’t show it often).

What is your personal motto?

Be a good human!

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

I try to get outside as much as I can so I can’t multi-task.

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

I used to think about this more before and it’s always changing so at the moment, I would say Michelle Obama. I love that she’s this smart and amazing woman, mother, wife, former first lady, author, and human who is so strong, but was able to be okay being somewhat behind the scenes during her time in the White House. I just know she had so much influence with the President but never needed any credit or recognition publicly for her role and I just admire that. She did it for the greater good! A true good human in my book!


Abby Strong

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

August 2020, VP of Marketing

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

The culture – such a great group of high-performing and supportive folks! It’s a true privilege to get to work with this team every single day and be surrounded by so many amazing individuals.

What is your personal motto?

I don’t hire smart people to tell them what to do. I hire smart people to tell me what to do.

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

You can’t be everything to everyone every day. The secret is in deciding which things to prioritize in that day, or week, or month, and look at the balance over time instead of in tiny chunks. Balance takes strength and focus, so it’s important to create a discipline around choosing priorities and not beat yourself up for choosing particular priorities during short windows.

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

My mom! She taught me to never settle and to always strive to be and do more, but with a smile :-). In addition to her, I admire so many women in my life – I am truly blessed to know so many smart, powerful women who have blazed a trail and left a path for the rest of us. I hope I can do the same for other amazing women, especially in STEM!


Farrah Bui

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

  • May 4 (Star Wars ftw!)
  • Chief of Staff
  • Note: Pictured is an all-women mountaineering trip that I co-led – I’m in the white jacket!

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

We don’t take ourselves too seriously here — memes and easter eggs are integral to presentations and docs. I’m likely to be in meetings where we are discussing key business decisions one minute and then cracking jokes the next.

What is your personal motto?

  • We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
  • Do or do not. There is no try.

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

Understanding the difference between urgency and importance and carving out non-work time on my calendar and sticking to it

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

My mom is the most resilient person I know — she arrived in the States with nothing to her name and barely knew how to speak or read English. In spite of this, she managed her own business while raising three kids as a single parent. We didn’t live in excess but always had enough. She is incredible!


Louise Tang

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

Feb 2020, Customer Success

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

It’s gotta be a tie between feeling grateful for the talented, brilliant humans I work with, every day, or feeling all party-parrot about our company vision and impact. We make the coolest toys for geeks!

What is your personal motto?

Go eat something, you’re probably hungry

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

During a pandemic, I really don’t know what that is. But if I make myself take a phone less, laptop-less, TV-less, outdoor only day, I feel close to being myself again. Swimming in the ocean is my favorite way to brain reset.

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

So many! I’ll pick a shout-out to one of my favorite chemistry professors in college, Sheila E. Browne. A wonderfully direct and warm human being, she shared with us a Ph.D. in truth, bravery, and strength, under all the chemistry stuff. Her advice, to be stubborn in the search for truth, continues to stay with me. What a gift and an honor to have known her at that time in my life.


 Jona Molla

When did you join Cribl, and what is your role?

I joined Cribl EXACTLY 2 years ago. My title is Chief Wrangling Officer – I do a little / a lot of everything here at Cribl and work closely with the CEO to keep things in order.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Cribl?

The people! Hands down.

What is your personal motto?

CHOOSE YOUR HARD

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?

I am a very early riser and it’s easy for me take care of the things I need or like to do before the rest of the world wakes up. There’s also ample flexibility during the day to be able to balance my personal life, hobbies, and day-to-day activities. Consciously setting aside time for myself at the end of the workday is something I have had to learn and achieve by doing what I like and not carrying my phone with me. I call this process unplugging 🙂

Who is your top woman role mentor and why?

Other than the fabulous women here at Cribl? I would have to say Katherine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967. Her tenacity, determination, and strong will paved the road for all women in sports and other fields. At a time when women were not allowed to run long distances because their “bodies were not capable,” she showed the whole world that women can. Her perseverance resonates with me not only through running, a sport that has been a part of my life for many years but in every aspect of my life.

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