I am originally from San Diego, moved to the Bay Area, did my Master’s in Ireland – and met my husband there! :) We moved back to the Bay Area in 2017. I was working in big multinational companies in Dublin, but got introduced to tech through a friend’s startup that didn’t take off – so many of them don’t but it was a great experience! Then Dropbox came calling – I was there for 5 years at various progressively senior executive assistant roles ending up in an executive business partner and then executive business manager role – the equivalent role of Chief of Staff at Dropbox on the G&A side. Subsequently, I was at Gusto and Alto Pharmacy in similar roles, and now I am at Sylva. I have always been in the role of executive business partner, as I don’t like to be in the spotlight, and love setting up everything for my executives. But along the way, the projects that I was supporting and the creative process behind them got my mojo going, and so when I moved to Sylva as Chief of Staff I realized I could solely work on what I was enjoying. I don’t manage calendars or inboxes anymore, but I hate to downplay all the important stuff that executive assistants do.
One has to be very organized, and adapt to changes in a fast-paced environment to be successful. I am not sure if my career path is common, but as an EA, if you really enjoy the processes and the projects as the business partner within that role, then the chief of staff role is for you! I get to own projects instead of just participating in them, I get to make decisions on behalf of my executives and I run the all-hands head-to-toe. So, if you enjoy taking more ownership, this role is for you and that’s how I have taken my career steps.