Regret Me Not Project

Regret Me Not Project Day 124: What I’m Up to Now

Yay! Today is the day that I can finally tell you all what I’ve been up to!

It has been slightly awkward to meet new people over the past few weeks because inevitably the “what do you do?” question comes up in the conversation somewhere, and I’ve had to give an extremely vague response along the lines of “I have a new job, but I can’t tell you about it until next Monday.”

Well, it’s now Monday.

And I’m now the Managing Director of the New York Tech Meetup, an amazing organization supporting over 17,000 members of the New York tech community.

I went to my first NY Tech Meetup right after I moved to New York, and what struck me most about the group of almost 900 people who gather every month is that they weren’t a bunch of people who sat around talking about doing things, they were people who actually did stuff.

When I moved to New York a couple of months ago, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do next. I just knew that I didn’t want to keep doing what I had been doing.

Someone was joking with me the other day that my story sounded a little too much like a movie – someone buying a one-way ticket and taking off with a few suitcases and nothing but the whole world in front of them.

But that was really what it felt like when I left California.

As I settled into New York, people kept asking me in a supportive, well-intentioned way, how my job search was going. I kept having to explain that I wasn’t doing a traditional job search – my resume wasn’t on and I wasn’t searching job boards all over the place.

I was, admittedly, trying to avoid having a “traditional” job.

“Traditional” for me meant any type of job that involved too much hierarchy, too many rules, and someone watching the clock, waiting for me to show up at 9 o’clock every morning.

That type of work had sucked my creative soul dry.

When I saw the position with NYTM posted, I knew that it would be a different kind of work. The type of work I wanted to do: spending time with people who took risks, who were innovative, and who were interested in solving the world’s challenges and making the world better without the benefit of having a path laid out for them that told them how to get there.

So now I have the ideal situation: I’m NYTM’s first paid full-time staff person, I get to work with an awesome team, my office is anywhere, I get to help build an already amazing organization’s capacity and I’m supporting people who I think are doing the work that is changing the world.

Not a bad gig. I can’t wait to get to work.

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16 thoughts on “Regret Me Not Project Day 124: What I’m Up to Now

  1. Jessica, this is fantastic news! I know your leadership and innovative thinking will have a tremendous impact on the NYTM event and the entire community. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

    • jessicahlawrence

      Thanks Whitney! So excited that this new gig means I get to spend lots more time hanging with people like you! : )

  2. Congrats! That sounds like an AWESOME gig.

    I completely understand jobs that suck your creativity dry.
    Seems the world is full of more of them every time I look around.

    Kudos to you for taking such a bold leap!

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