Are there any must-haves for your desk?
I’m kind of old school. I always need a pen and notepad. Obviously, we have shared drives and collaborative technology, but I still have my to-do lists written down in pen on paper. I love crossing out items on my list before moving to the next thing. Having innovative technology day to day helps, so my must-have is blending modern ways of working with old school systems that work for me.
Does being in the office inspire you?
Yes. You can sense the energy, right? PepsiCo is all about creating smiles. And the entire office is set up that way. How the office is designed is just really energizing. But the office itself would be nothing without the people. Overall, it’s just a great office with great people — a winning combo to me.
PepsiCo recently launched Work That Works, a flex work policy. How will that impact how you and your team work?
First off, Work That Works has been very well received. It’s just been a very positive message for everyone, given our current reality. At the time it was introduced, we were working remotely due to the pandemic. And a lot of us, the GBS team and beyond, unfortunately, have issues with that, like not having enough space for a separate in-home office. So being able to go in is beyond helpful for a lot of us. Currently, 50 associates are allowed in the office at the same time. We have a special app to book seats and parking spots, which is helpful.
How do you feel about having the opportunity to go back into the office after working remotely?
I think about something as simple as having pizza with someone. It feels amazing to finally meet in person and talk face to face, have meetings and go to lunch. The past year reminded me of how powerful simple things — like having pizza and smiling and laughing — can be.