Empowered Feature: Jaye Garcia-Glennie

Empowered — RV’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) for women — strives to foster a community that inspires, supports, empowers, and educates women and allies of all gender identities. And one of our favorite ways to inspire and empower our community is simply by sharing the wisdom of the amazing RV women we get to work with every day.

On this month’s Empowered leaders feature, we hear from Jaye Garcia-Glennie, Director of Engineering (Data) for RV Education. We discuss what she’s learned while at RV, her passion for math and logic, and the advice she received that she still follows to this day. Check out her conversation with Editor Giselle Cancio below.


Giselle Cancio: Walk us through a day-in-the-life as a Director of Engineering (Data) at Red Ventures

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: With complete transparency, most of my day involves meeting with people.  Among 1 to 1’s, strategy brainstorms, whiteboarding sessions, financials … there are a lot of meetings! I try to carve out an hour or two in the morning to organize my day, to reply to emails, to execute or delegate actions, or to read up on some technology that we may decide to use.

GC: Is engineering something you’ve always had a passion for? If so, where did it stem from? If not, what led you down this career path?

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: I’ve told this story before, but when I was in high school, Home Ec had rebranded itself as “Domestic Science” so I thought Computer Science was touch typing with fancy branding. I’d always been into math and logic, I’d just not heard of programming before then, but I really enjoyed it. My high school had a technology partnership with IBM, so in the summers I would intern there and if you were a STEM major, you got paid $3-4 more per hour, so I just … kept doing it. For the Benjamins. When I graduated with majors in English Lit and Comp Sci, the job offers skewed STEMmy.

GC: What’s your favorite part about your role?

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: In this current role, I love meeting people and getting their perspectives on technology and life. In general, I LOVE solving problems, especially sticky ones.

GC: What’s something you’ve learned throughout your tenure at Red Ventures?

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: Red Ventures is such a unique combination of enterprise size with a startup mentality.  At other enterprise companies, there can be a lot of ponderance and navel-gazing about what next steps should be. At RV, there’s an attitude of, “Do it, do it fast, see what happens. Do it again.” That can be very freeing.

GC: What advice would you give to someone just starting out in their career?

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: I have talked about this before: do NOT be afraid to ask Foundational Questions. One of my favorite quotes was piped by my (now) husband about asking a shedload of questions: “I bet more than half the folks in that room wanted to know the same thing, but they were too inhibited to ask. I’m not.” And now, neither am I!

GC: What’s something you like to do outside of work?

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: I am a voracious reader. I often joke that I wasn’t aware until halfway through university that you weren’t supposed to bring books to a party in case you needed a reading break. We also hosted a lot of dinner parties, pre-pandemic. We’ll hopefully get back in the swing of that soon!

GC: What does being ‘empowered’ in the workplace mean to you?

Jaye Garcia-Glennie: Empowered means being able to speak freely without worrying about “how I’m coming across.” And recognizing that not only do my viewpoints have value, but also it’s my responsibility — not just my right — to share them.

Now some fun…

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Ooo this is hard. I very much like Chapel Hill, North Carolina where I currently live. Maybe Vancouver?
  2. If you could share a meal with anyone (living or departed), who would it be and why? Stephen Fry! He’s brilliant and hilarious and I imagine the dinner conversation would be world-class.
  3. If you could switch lives with an animal, which animal would you choose and why?  I’d trade places with a domestic cat. Apex predator plus almost unlimited naps? Where do I sign up?!

THIS OR THAT

  • Physical books or digital books? Digital! I read really quickly, so being able to cart a shedload of books on holiday on a compact device is heaven.
  • Early bird or night owl? Early bird. I tend to get a lot done before my children are up and anyone is online at work. And if I don’t work out in the morning, I don’t work out.  In all honesty, I’m not NICE in the mornings. Just productive.
  • Salty or sweet? Tie; it really depends on my mood. Maaaaybe a slight lean towards savory, but that’s perhaps because my husband is currently making me an omelet because he’s a total mensch.
  • Coffee or tea? Coffee with cream, no sugar.
  • Television or music? Television. I have some slight sensory input issues, so noise in general is my kryptonite. I can handle it more easily if I’m focused on the whole experience vs coping with “background noise.”

There’s more where that came from – check out last month’s Empowered Feature with Sarah Mitroff, Managing Editor for CNET Wellness.

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About the Author:

Giselle Cancio

Giselle Cancio is an editor for RV Education based in Miami, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s from FIU and a master’s from ASU, both in journalism and mass communication. She’s a sports connoisseur, an avid traveler and is on a quest to visit all 50 states and all 30 MLB ballparks (more than half way there on both!).

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