AN INTERVIEW WITH BREE BUNZEL FROM DROPBOX
We were excited to interview Bree, a passionate, kind and empowered go-getter, from Dropbox!
Why did you take the role that you're in now?
Ever since I was young, I've had a curiosity for understanding human behaviour.
My role as the Product Marketing Lead for Dropbox APAC has given me the opportunity to learn about different working cultures around the world, visit and understand our customer needs and work with our product team in San Francisco to solve for the ever-changing needs of the future workplace.
Having worked now in both Silicon Valley as well as global offices, I've been able to better empathise with global teams and cultures. The world we live in today is cluttered. With a plethora of apps and tools pinging you from the moment you wake up to when you go to bed, and there is a real need to reduce the noise and get people back into their flow and solving world impacting problems.
This is why trends like minimalism and Marie Kondo are taking off, and why people are craving to get back to basics. At Dropbox, our mission is to design a more enlightened way of working, and I'm passionate about working for a company that is leaning into human connection and collaboration above all else.
What inspires you and gets you out of bed in the mornings?
I wake up every day excited to learn something new. Over the last several years I've been on a journey to learn more about myself, other people and the world around me, and it's been fun experience self-improving in various aspects of my life. Whether it be a new skill I want to learn such as Design Thinking Principles, or learning about the Japanese culture, or training for my first triathlon, I've found purpose and joy in all these new experiences.
What's been the best lesson you've learned in business or your career and why?
The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of our relationships. Mentors, colleagues, family and friendships will get you through it all. I've had so many coaches, cheerleaders, family and friends help me along the way, and I couldn't have imagined being where I am without these rocks, honest critics and sounding boards in my life. Whether it was pushing through growing pains around self-confidence and impostor syndrome, to helping me adjust to living in a new country, my support system has helped me become even stronger and more resilient. The truth is, at the end of your job when you've turned in your badge and computer, all that is left is the experience you've had, the knowledge you've gained and the relationships you've built.
I've learned over these last few years to take the pressure off myself and really embrace the journey more than the destination. The relationships in your life are like a piggy bank, and you have to continue investing. Invest by showing up to your colleague's speaking gig because you know they are nervous. Invest by sending a new teammate a handwritten welcome card to tell them how excited you are to work with them. Invest by buying someone a coffee and offering up a walk if they are having a bad day. Invest by celebrating everyone's little victories. Invest by showing up as your best self so you can be present and have space for others.
What does the future look like for you?
More learning, more travel, more relationships, more fun! :)
What's one piece of advice you'd give other women in business or in their careers?
Lift each other up, cheer for one another, support each other, look after each other and show up for one another. Life is pretty sweet when people are along for the ride :)
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