This month we’ve got not one, not two, not even three, but four stellar Chief World Changers to celebrate! (It was an extra awesome month.) These four superstars come from across departments and keep Omaze ticking in their own special ways. Without further ado, meet December’s world changers:
Andrew Cook, Sr. Director of Business Development
Emily Reinstein, Partnerships Manager
Ian Graham, Software Engineer
Miriam Bello, Office Porter
Check out our interviews with Andrew, Emily, Ian and Miriam below!
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Emily: The people. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by the most driven, talented, fun and kind people every day.
Ian: Freedom. But also, technology. It’s fun coming into work and doing the thing that I like to do and actually went to school for. Working with these guys and never butting heads with my team. Also, coding for good.
Which of the Omaze core values means the most to you?
Miriam: Be human, because we show love to each other every day.
Emily: Aspire. I love that we’re encouraged to learn new things and continue growing as humans and professionals.
What cause are you passionate about and why?
Andrew: Protecting our national parks because they are the most spectacular and humbling places on this crazy planet of ours.
Emily: I’m most passionate about women’s rights and equality, especially in developing countries. Investing in a women’s education and professional development not only helps just her succeed, but also allows her to positively impact her family and community.
What does it mean to be a world changer?
Ian: Matt [Omaze CEO and co-founder] said all of us have changed the world because we’ve changed the worlds of individual people who have won an experience. So I guess if you can affect a single person, you can change the world.
Andrew: Leaving each day a little better than you found it.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Miriam: Spending the whole day with my kids and my husband—it’s hard now because they’re grown, but making food for them, having fun and talking would be a perfect Sunday.
Ian: I’ll be real… I like to stay home and play games. My girlfriend can be over, that’s cool. Also, a perfect Sunday would be when Monday’s a day off.
What is your favorite movie?
Emily: Just Friends! It’s Ryan Reynolds’ greatest cinematic achievement to date and never fails to make me laugh.
Miriam: Tombstone. It has everything! It’s about friendship, love, family and what is right in life. My husband didn’t like it at first, but I’ve watched it so many times that he does now.
What is your dream vacation?
Andrew: A road trip throughout Argentina in a old school VW bus covering everything from the wine regions to Patagonia.
Miriam: To go back home to Acapulco to spend time with my friends and family.
What is your dream Omaze experience?
Emily: Get backstage access and VIP seats at SNL where Beyoncé is the musical guest.
Ian: Mine would probably involve being featured in a video game in some way. That sounds like something you’d never be able to do as a layman.
Andrew: Going to the Masters and playing Augusta with Jack Nicklaus, Bill Murray and Larry David.
Miriam: I would love to meet Ellen and go to a taping of her show. I just love how she helps people and how funny she is.
Congrats again to Andrew, Emily, Ian and Miriam—Omaze wouldn’t be the same without you!