Iris Suarez is an executive assistant who supports OneLogin’s Global Marketing team. In this blog profile, Iris discusses lessons learned, her path to OneLogin, and why June’s LGBTQ+ Pride month is a time to “rejoice and feel alive.”
What was your first job and what was a major takeaway or lesson that you learned from it?
My first job, at the age of 14, was as a clerical aide/recreational assistant for the Mayor’s Youth Employment Education Program. The key learning from this experience was that I was able to inspire and impact the youth on a regular basis. We assisted these youth members with their school work and influenced them to be successful and creative with any project handed to them.
How did you come to work for OneLogin?
I heard about OneLogin from a previous co-worker who was trying to find a more effective and secure way to keep track of all the login and password information my previous company was using. (It got to the point where a Word Document just wasn’t cutting it.) I did my research on OneLogin and, to my surprise, they were hiring folks for their administrative department.
A draw for me was the technical aspect of the career. To me, this was similar to my passion for music and sound engineering. Both involve a lot of software knowledge and the implementation of it. I figured that combining that same passion to this new role would be a huge gain and, undoubtedly, advance my career into new heights.
Tell us about your career path.
I’ve taken a long journey on the administrative side of different businesses which have included retail, telemarketing, real estate, public relations and now in the tech field. I’ve literally started at the bottom and have worked my way up to basically managing an entire office or assisting the CEO/President of the firm. I’ve pushed myself to thoroughly learn each aspect of that particular company so that, in turn, I could be more efficient and effective at my job. I’m currently taking coding courses to hopefully one day become a software engineer.
What career advice have you been given that really made an impact on you and your career?
“Never take NO for an answer”. Those words have helped me tremendously and have inspired me to keep pushing through every hardship that comes my way.
“Never take NO for an answer”
What was the most rewarding project you worked on while at OneLogin?
In the almost two years that I’ve been with the company, I’ve assisted in many events and all have been rewarding in their own way. When I first started at OneLogin, the biggest project that was handed to me was facilitating our office move. Imagine having to plan, coordinate, and have 160 staff members adhere to all the instructions pertaining to the move so that it would go smoothly! I had never worked with a company of this size before and so this was a bit frightening, stressful, and tough, but I was confident that I could pull it off and I did so with the help of other team members. Thankfully the move was a success and we have now acquired an amazing space not far from the waterfront. Our new headquarters is, without a doubt, a vibrant and welcoming space.
Is there a specific story that you could recall that embodies the OneLogin ethos and values? If so, please share.
I can’t pinpoint a specific story but I will say that I work closely with our marketing team and they’re undeniably AMAZING! They have shown collaboration and creativity since the moment I joined OneLogin. They have been led by fierce leaders and continue to do tremendous work. I applaud them for always putting their best foot forward and I’m truly proud to be a part of such a remarkable group.
Are you part of any Employee Resource Groups at OneLogin?
I have been involved in our Women’s Networking Group where we invite guest speakers - women from outside of OneLogin and allies - to join us in a safe space to connect and network. It has been a huge success and a great way for us to discuss the day to day issues that women face specifically in the tech industry. #TheFutureIsFemale
What is important to you to feel supported within a company?
For me, the things that are needed to feel supported within a company is being able to work in an environment that’s fully transparent. One that allows comfort and room for growth. A company that promotes team building and inclusion. One that makes diversity a high priority and that fully values and acknowledges their employee’s hard work.
“I think it’s extremely important to have diverse perspectives and experiences within a company so that everyone who steps foot into the company feels recognized, safe, and allowed to thrive to be their best.” - Iris S.
OneLogin was recently recognized for its Diversity and Inclusion efforts by CloserIQ and named #3 in their 10 San Francisco Companies with the Best D&I Programs. Why do you think it’s important to ensure there are diverse perspectives and experiences within a company?
I think it’s extremely important to have a diverse perspective and experiences within a company so that everyone who steps foot into the company feels recognized, safe, and allowed to thrive to be their best. It will also create an environment that welcomes collaboration and creativeness to flourish.
June is Pride month - a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. How does OneLogin support the LGTBQ+ community?
OneLogin has shown commitment in providing a diverse and safe space for each employee.
As a company, we advocate, support, and welcome everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or who they love. The company also shares a slack “Pride” channel in which everyone can receive the latest news on the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage our employees to attend Queer networking events to learn from other companies and their employees in the tech industry.
We also celebrate and reflect Pride month with an annual gathering in which all staff members are invited to participate. It’s a party filled with a diverse group of people, various genres of music and where employees can enjoy a variety of rainbow-colored tasty treats and decor.
What is the significance of Pride month for you personally?
Pride month is significant to me because it’s a month in which I feel unapologetic for who I am and for who I love. It’s a month where I feel absolutely fabulous, proud, and free. Almost unstoppable and fearless. It’s a month to be graciously thankful for those that have paved the way for us to be present and acknowledged within our society. It’s an opportunity for us to rejoice and feel alive.