Meet the women of Thriva

⚡️Meet the women of Thriva⚡️ We’re incredibly lucky to work with so many talented women. So in honour of International Women’s Day we’ve put together a blog post so you can meet some of the team. Click the link in our bio to have a read 🙌 #iwd2019 #internationalwomensday #womenintech

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 we want to introduce you to the women of Thriva.

At Thriva, women make up almost half of the company — working across all departments. The product we’re creating is for a diverse group of people. So the team creating it should be too. In a male-dominated industry, we have the advantage of both male and female opinions, experiences, and perspectives.

Typically, only 1 in 5 tech workers in the UK are women. This doesn’t sound very optimistic but there are supportive, kick-ass, gender-inclusive companies out there just like Thriva. Hopefully our answers below help pave the way for the kinds of standards you should expect in your career as a woman.

So, let’s meet some of the team!

Meet Ria — Growth

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Do you feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

At 24 I quite honestly don’t know what my full potential is or will be — I do know that I haven’t reached it yet. However, I do believe that I’m in an environment and company that will support, encourage, and play a huge part in me reaching it.

I’ve never felt more empowered in a workplace to make my voice known, my thoughts shared, and my opinions heard.

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

I’ve always been interested in health and wellness and my career has always orbited around that sector — it’s where my passions truly lie. But I’m particularly passionate about working at Thriva for a much more personal reason.

My boyfriend has cystic fibrosis and so the prospect of playing a part in helping to improve the quality and convenience of health care for those with chronic illness is an unbelievable opportunity for me — it means everything. Knowing that Thriva could help change people’s lives for the better is incredible and I want to be a part of that. I’m beyond lucky to work in a company where I feel so passionate about what we’re trying to achieve.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

Over time I’ve discovered that what’s most important for me is exercise, down time, a great support network, all the food all the time, countryside escapes, and saying yes more.

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

A massive part. I’ve been teaching fitness classes since I was 16 and I 100% wouldn’t be the same person I am without it. Teaching from such a young age has helped shape me into the confident, bubbly, and outgoing person that I am today. Plus my extreme passion for cereal and milk has definitely turned me into a morning person.

Meet Amber — Data Science

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Do you feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

I think I’ve been really lucky to find a job where I can say I’m doing something I really care about. I’m very supported in developing my skills and for both these things I know this is a rarity among people my age.

At Thriva we’re encouraged to do things that are in line with our career goals and we have a lot of slack for being creative with the tasks we take on. The environment we’ve created supports long-term thinking and I know that all the work I’m doing now will be indispensable in my future career.

This has really helped me to feel empowered in myself and to take pride in what I’ve done — rather than chalking it up to luck like I used to before.

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

My greatest life passion is to have a positive effect on the world in any way I can.

I think helping a person become more empowered about their health and wellbeing can really help improve their experience of life and that’s so worthwhile. I can truly say that I come to work excited and inspired by what we’re doing, because of the positive impact Thriva has on people’s lives.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

For me, living optimally is living my life in a way that I feel good about, that also makes me feel good. Exercise and eating well are key in helping me feel good, mentally and physically. I believe that feeling well really allows you to do well. I also find that having a daily dose of nature makes my day so much better. And communicating how you’re feeling to people is really powerful — it helps me release lots of built-up emotion.

Something else I like to do is zoom out of my situation and look at everything I’ve accomplished, and just be grateful for everything I’ve been given.

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

Hobby-wise, what I do reflects my love for anything that makes me focus mentally and also takes me out of my head and lets me have fun.

So because of that I love long distance running, listening to minimal techno, water sports - mainly wake-boarding in the summer, and skiing in winter. I like going out dancing with friends and going to see live bands — I think this brings out my more playful side. I also love a good laugh, so regularly go and watch some stand-up comedy.

Meet Annie — Strategy

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Do you currently feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

It's quite difficult to measure what someone's full potential is. I certainly don't think I have fully realised what my 'full potential' is, nor do I think I have reached it yet.

As I’ve gotten older I realise more and more what my priorities are, both personally and professionally. Identifying these has led to a big increase in my confidence levels and I feel more empowered to achieve the things I want.

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

I’m really passionate about helping people live healthier and reducing the burden of chronic diseases on the public sector. I think that information that’s easy to understand can empower people to make positive health changes. I think we deliver this information with our product at Thriva — it's our mission to help people live their lives to the full.

Our product can also be used within the public sector to help improve the quality and convenience of care for people living with diseases. Seeing Thriva supporting the delivery of remote care to people with chronic diseases is something I’m hugely proud of. I'm excited to see how Thriva can impact the NHS in future.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

For me to be physically and mentally "a-OK" I need:

  • Regular exercise as it helps me to get out of my own head and be mindful.

  • Open relationships with my family and friends, where I can share how I feel. I find this difficult, but opening up and talking about problems has revolutionised how I manage stress.

  • A relatively healthy diet that includes a lot of yoghurt.

  • Going home to the countryside regularly — too much London living makes me sad.

  • Red wine.

  • A few supplements here and there, particularly magnesium and CBD oil to help with sleep/relaxation.

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

Horses.
Dogs.
Books.

Think that's about the summary on that.


Meet Aisling — Copywriter

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Do you feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

I’ve never felt more empowered than I do now. I definitely haven’t reached my full potential yet but the nature of startup life means I have access to more opportunities than ever before — everything is accelerated. I know what I want (right now at least) and I have the best team to help get me there.

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

Health is full of misinformation and scams so being able to work with Thriva to promote evidence-based, credible information is a dream come true. It’s important to me to be in a role that can help make a difference in people’s lives. Plus I get to work with some of the most innovative and creative minds I’ve ever met. It’s an incredibly inspiring and fun environment to work in.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

It’s all about the long game and being consistent is key.

I take an 80:20 approach to my diet — healthy 80% of the time and not-so-healthy 20% of the time. When it comes to exercise, I love to move. There’s nothing better than the feeling of getting stronger and faster. I’m pretty (read that as very) competitive so if there’s a challenge involved I’m in.

Finally, one my of favourite things in the world for my mental health is jumping in the sea!

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

A lot. I’m really passionate about food and sharing correct health information so I have a personal side project Runner Beans. I get to combine my love for good food with writing and photography. And I love dogs (probably more than people!). My side kick Levi hangs out with me at Thriva a few days a week.


Meet Phoebe — Operations

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Do you feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

Thriva is my first job after university so I’m nowhere near my full potential right now — but I’m definitely in the right place. I feel empowered to take my role to where I want and I’m supported, encouraged, and endlessly inspired by my manager Annie. She’s the best role model for women in business.

I knew Thriva was the right place for me because I worked here for two summers while I was at university. I got to see its culture first-hand.

There was a story yesterday about how Amazon UK has a grant to hire more women in the UK and gender diversity is a huge problem in the STEM sector. Thriva has never made me feel like my gender is a disadvantage — in fact, we’ve just launched a female-focused product.

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

I really believe in Thriva’s mission to encourage people to be more proactive about their own health. Last September, the week after I officially joined the company, my mum was diagnosed with a devastating illness. My belief in the sentiment is stronger than ever.

I love the company so much I’ve had three roles here, from growth intern to operations. I only have positive things to say about this place and so few employers can say they truly stand up to their aims and mission statement.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

I have an unfortunate love of luxury gym classes that aren’t very budget friendly, like Another Space and 1Rebel. To afford my glam gym habits, I love a packed lunch. I have the same thing every day. Like the woman who trialled wearing the same work outfit for a year, I’m applying the same principle to my Tupperware.

I love algae omega-3 — perhaps my favourite topic of conversation? It’s been a game changer for my hair and nails.

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

One of my biggest passions is Sanitree — a social enterprise I co-founded to tackle period poverty in rural India. A friend relayed a conversation he had with a childhood friend in India who said ‘menstruation is a punishment for being born female’ and the idea was borne out of our horror. Sanitree is based around three principles: providing vulnerable women with flexible employment, ensuring access to cost effective and sustainable menstrual products, and reducing the debilitating stigma surrounding the topic.

My interest in fitness means I’ve signed up to the Hackney Half this May with my sister, friends, and other family members. We’re raising money for the Royal Marsden Hospital, where my mum is being treated. And while running is by no means my passion, it’s having a big impact on who I am. And that’s someone with horrible shin splints and a JustGiving page that’s already raised over £2,000!


Meet Phoebe T — Customer Success

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Do you currently feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

100%. I love working at Thriva because I feel I’m really valued and my opinions are listened to. I feel I can really be myself!

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

My mum is my best friend and we’re closer than close —I had to grow up watching her suffer with mental illness. I always wanted to help people with their health and I really believe in what Thriva do.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

Have as many cuddles as possible and always talk about how you feel.

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

Outside of work I’m an actor and theatre director. I think my work in theatre makes me very collaborative, a great listener, very empathetic, and is probably why I’m so eccentric!


Meet Ella — Customer Success

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Do you feel like you’re empowered to reach your full potential?

Yes, I’m surrounded by inspirational women everyday either at work or at home.

What are your personal reasons for working at Thriva?

Personally, I feel like there’s a real need for preventative health care. Many members of my family work in the NHS and there are so many issues that affect people’s lives that could’ve been prevented.

My mum works as an Emergency Medical Technician and before that she worked in patient transport. So she always comes back with stories about the people she met that day. So many of their problems were preventable but caught too late.

It’s incredible how life-changing it is when we’re more aware about what’s going on inside our bodies.

What’s your advice for living as optimally as possible (what works for you)?

Be healthy, but don’t stress too much If you don’t achieve your goals right away or if you slip-up on working out or eating healthy. Once you start to acknowledge and accept small set backs then you really start to make long-term progress.

What part do your passions outside of work have to play in who you are?

I’m crazy into lawn bowls — so many people think it’s an ‘old person’ sport when it’s not! Through it I’ve met a lot of incredible people from all different age-ranges and walks of life. It’s such an inclusive sport because anyone can do it, regardless of fitness. It’s really given me a passion for making a healthy-lifestyle possible for everyone.


These are only some of the women of Thriva. So in addition to the team above, a special shout out to Katie (Clinical Operations), Samantha (Customer Success), Lizzy (Customer Success) , Rachel Poku (Customer Success), and Clare (People and Talent).

Want to be Thriva’s next team member? Check out our openings.