Get to Know the People Science Team: Jaime Gonzales
Title: People Science Content Lead
Hometown: I am from Phoenix, Ariz., the land of swimming pools and 120 degree summers. I spent much of my youth swimming and was part of the varsity diving team in high school.
Residence: As all good “Zonies” do, we vacationed in San Diego during the summer. Now I am lucky enough to call it home with my husband and twin 6-year-old daughters. We live in Mission Hills. Fun fact: the “birthplace of California” is about 1,000 feet from our front door.
Jaime Gonzales has a unique role on Glint’s People Science team. Given her background as an internal organizational development practitioner as well as time spent in employee communications, she takes on much of the work that falls outside of Glint’s consulting delivery team.
That means she is responsible for shaping a people-centric conversation in the marketplace, equipping consultants to embrace Glint’s growing offering, and helping customers adopt best practices.
“I have always been fascinated by the idea that a business can win or lose based on the strength of its people,” Jaime says. “And the better the connection between the two, the greater likelihood of success.”
Jaime also has expertise in performance management and is part of the team shaping Glint Perform.
Learn more about Jaime’s work and life:
What’s your motivation for doing what you do?
At Glint/LinkedIn, you can truly see the shapings of a solution that seamlessly integrates across all aspects of the employee experience. I’ve long dreamt of a way to enable people to be their best in the workplace. We have a chance to do it—by hiring the right people, aligning them to do impactful work, enabling them with effective feedback and tools, and giving them opportunities for choice, learning, growth, and connection. Bringing everything together is the holy grail for creating a people-centric workplace that pays dividends to the business. And I feel like we are close.
Any career goals you’re working toward?
I love building, so my career goal would be to continue in roles where I can build people, functions, and solutions. Fortunately I get to do all those today.
What has been a big learning moment in your career?
It felt like a risk leaving my long-tenured, big-company job soon after I had my twins. I planned to work for a family business, spend time with my girls, and… I didn’t really have a great plan, which felt very uncomfortable. As soon as I left, a new opportunity opened with a former boss and friend, and it changed my life for the better. My learning was to focus on my commitment to family, be curious and open, and look for new ways to apply my experience. It led me to where I am today.
What’s your top tip?
I really like this quote from Warren Buffett: “The big question about how people behave is whether they’ve got an inner scorecard or an outer scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an inner scorecard.” Early in my career, I remember being disappointed because someone got promoted faster than me. It has stuck with me that it’s more important to do meaningful work that I enjoy rather than look for external comparisons to gauge success.
What was your first job?
My first real job was at New Horizons Computer Learning Center. That’s a mouthful, which I know, because I was the receptionist. We literally had to say, “Good morning, it’s a great day at New Horizons, how may I help you?” a hundred times a day.
How many cups of coffee do you drink per day?
One coffee, one Diet Coke, and on to H2O.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I spend most time with my family doing very normal San Diego pursuits centered around the beach and water: walking, boating, swimming, fishing, etc. We are also drawn to colorful interests, such as planning big Halloween parties, tiki events, and my most famous—membership at The Magic Castle. You’ve got to sprinkle in a little something unusual for fun.