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Elevating Teams

Season 2, Ep. 8

The prospect of hiring new employees and growing a team that not only works well as a unit, but also fosters a productive, creative, and healthy work environment is a daunting one. In this episode, we speak with Steven Tristan Young, Chief Marketing Officer of Poshmark, about why it’s so important to hire individuals who elevate his team. 

At Poshmark, the leading US social commerce platform, Young is responsible for driving growth, product marketing, customer life cycle, brand marketing, public relations, and social media marketing. Prior to Poshmark, Young was Vice President of Growth at Grubhub, the US’ leading online and mobile food ordering company. During his seven-year tenure, he managed the company’s customer and market-level growth programs, driving double-digit growth year over year. He has also held leadership positions at DirecTV, American Express, Endurance International Group, and Puma. He spearheaded the marketing efforts for American Express’s flagship Black Card and Platinum Card portfolios, both the market leaders in premium card marketing. He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Young discusses his strategy in taking his team to the next level, the roundabout way he ended up in his role at Poshmark, and how he uses the interview process to figure out who’s going to make an exceptional employee. He also shares the challenges involved in hiring from a pool of highly accomplished prospects, the one interview question he never asks his candidates, and the responsibilities involved in being a corporate leader and a member of the LGBTQIA community. 

Some Questions Asked:

  • What led you to your role at Poshmark?
  • What can companies do to make their workforce richer and more diverse?
  • Have you ever taken a chance on a candidate who you could tell instantly just never had the right coaching?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What Young’s role looks like as CMO.
  • What it’s like to be involved in executive recruiting.
  • Why leaders should focus on the potential a candidate has for elevating the rest of their team.

Links:

Steven Tristan Young - LinkedIn


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