Meet The Uber Team Driving Our Women Partner Program
Around the world, women are taking advantage of Uber’s flexible earning opportunity. From stay-at-home moms and graduate students to college professors, retirees, and artists, women of all backgrounds are signing up to drive on the Uber platform. For many women, Uber is a flexible, equitable opportunity that not only gives them control over their schedules and supplements income, but also helps them pursue their passions.
In March, we made the pledge to economically empower 1,000,000 women as drivers with Uber by 2020. To drive toward that commitment, we have created a dedicated global team that is focused on making that goal a reality—and improving the experience for women drivers along the way.
Meet a few of the leaders on the team, and see how they are driving this initiative forward in their communities.
Meet Helen — Program Lead, Western United States
Helen, a Washington, DC transplant and self-professed tech-enthusiast, leads the Women Partner Program on the West Coast. In April, Helen launched an event series called Uber Driven Women to showcase local women drivers and their talents—from bakers sharing their latest recipes to musicians playing their new songs. She loves bringing partners together, highlighting their passions and skills beyond the wheel, and encourages them to spread the word about joining the Uber community. Now, every Uber city hub on the West Coast and Hawaii have hosted these events.
See how Helen is bringing talented women together with their shared experience of driving with Uber.
Meet Bel — Program Lead, Australia and New Zealand
Bel was a natural choice to recruit women drivers: While in college, she actually worked as a part-time driver. Now she oversees the Women Partner Program in Australia and New Zealand.
In her work, Bel has focused on engaging women who may have never considered driving with Uber as an option to earn extra money. She recently hosted a casual afternoon tea and informational session for women interested in partnering with Uber in Sydney. Current drivers who came to the event talked about the accountability and flexibility of the platform, and shared experiences about their first trips. “Everyone was really engaged and excited to hear from our current women partners,” Bel said. “More than half of the attendees were on the road within the week, and have done hundreds of trips since.”
Bel gathers feedback from women drivers all the time. Recently, a group of partners spoke to her about the need for a vehicle basics class. Together, Bel and several women partners are planning to host car safety and mechanics evening workshops, which will be taught by women drivers.
Meet Kristin — Program Lead, Central United States and Canada
In late 2014, Kristin left a New York City job in finance to build the Uber Austin team as an operations manager.
Now, Kristin is leading women partner recruitment efforts across central North American cities. She has been working to launch an educational initiative that will highlight the benefits of turning one’s household car into an earning opportunity for multiple members of the family. Kristin wants women to know that in many households, several members of the family are on the same auto insurance policy, which means that it’s possible for each family member to become an Uber partner and use the car on the Uber platform.
In Kristin’s words, drivers can “not only double the earning potential of their vehicle, but can share the experience with their loved ones.”
Meet Maria — Program Lead, Latin America
In 2013, Maria joined Uber’s International Expansion team in Latin America. She landed first in Bogotá and continued to help grow the region, overseeing Uber’s arrival in Panama City, Lima, and Santiago. In her role as program lead for the women’s program in Latin America, Maria has helped several cities host roundtables for women driving with Uber. At these roundtables, local teams bring women partners together to gather feedback, give advice on best practices, and introduce them to the Uber community. She’s also supported Uber Mexico’s team in building partnerships with VIFAC and Fundación ManpowerGroup, aimed at introducing the Uber platform to new communities of women interested in an additional option for flexible earnings.
Maria hopes to continue to foster connections among women drivers and host more roundtables, “to see the spirit of mentorship and community thrive.”