Our workers symbolize a mosaic of ideas, backgrounds and personalities internationally. This sequence shares the voices of workers as they inform their very own eBay tales.
eBay worker Henry De Sousa is a champion of our impact-driven efforts to make a distinction on the earth and set up eBay as a very particular place to work in Europe and across the globe. Pushed by a lifelong ardour to assist others, he heads plenty of worker volunteer efforts in our Switzerland workplace, together with our Swiss International Impression Staff, which organizes native volunteering and giving initiatives. At present, Henry is working with a nonprofit to attach eBay volunteers to native entrepreneurs from migrant communities in a mentorship program.
Along with his work as an government assistant to our EU chief monetary officer, Henry is devoted to creating the subsequent era of our workforce and fostering range, fairness and inclusion efforts. He steers our EU finance internship program and leads our Swiss United in Satisfaction chapter and international Movember occasion programming to lift psychological well being consciousness.
By main these impact-driven initiatives, Henry exemplifies our firm’s objective to empower folks and create financial alternative. We just lately sat down with him to debate his work over the previous 4 years — and the way he manages to make time for all of it.
Why are you so keen about volunteering and service-oriented work at eBay?
My love for group work comes from quite a lot of completely different locations: my household, mates, faculty, church. Group service has been a part of my life since my childhood in Brazil, after I would serve scorching soup to of us who had been impacted by monsoons, take part in charity singing occasions and go door-to-door gathering donations of rice to create care packages for folks in want. I believe we will at all times do extra to assist enhance different folks’s lives. If we have now the chance and the means to empower our communities, why shouldn’t we? It’s this similar ardour that evokes me to encourage others as properly, to establish their very own passions and fold these points — environmental conservation, animal welfare, poverty, migration — into the work of our International Impression Groups at eBay.
Over the previous 12 months, you’ve performed a big position in rallying our Swiss colleagues to mentor entrepreneurs served by our eBay International Give grantee, Capability, which works to assist migrant households and refugee communities. Are you able to share extra in regards to the mentorship program, and why it will be significant?
The Swiss Impression Staff and our wider worker base actually fell in love with Capability as a charity whose primary goal is to empower and allow entrepreneurialism amongst migrant and displaced communities; we had over 30 eBay colleagues be a part of our informational session with Capability. Capability embodies eBay’s dedication to giving again to the group by supporting migrants who’re wanting to restart their lives and develop into entrepreneurs, and this resonates lots with our workers, who’ve helped choose Capability as a International Give grantee for the previous two years.
The mentorship program is structured in phases, with the primary part being centered round attending to know our mentees, studying about their ambitions and sharing our personal experiences to assist them innovate their enterprise fashions. The second part entails formal teaching in areas like artistic pondering, planning and group, communications and monetary modeling. Proper now, Capability is getting into into this second part, so we will likely be offering background assist for the subsequent couple of months till our entrepreneurs are able to hit the market.
Henry volunteering at Social Material in 2019 (left) and Intern Day in 2018 (proper)
June is Satisfaction Month, and the theme for eBay’s celebrations this 12 months is #TogetherInvincible. Because the chief of our Swiss United in Satisfaction chapter, how does Satisfaction and our 2021 theme resonate with you?
Satisfaction Month is a celebration of the achievements that we have now made all through the years and the platform that we now should proudly proclaim who we’re. eBay has labored laborious to be for everybody by cultivating a protected area for the LGBTQ+ group — the visibility of transgender leaders at eBay is actually wonderful — and this month is a chance to rejoice these strides whereas trying ahead to the progress nonetheless ready to be made. For me, a very powerful a part of Satisfaction Month shouldn’t be forgetting the previous whereas additionally pursuing a brighter future for the generations to come back.
The theme of #TogetherInvincible arose out of an curiosity from the United in Satisfaction management in making Satisfaction Month extra accessible to everybody as a worldwide effort on the a part of our workers fairly than limiting it to the management stage. As a group at eBay, regardless that we’re working from residence in a digital atmosphere, we’re nonetheless collectively, and we will nonetheless carry a lot range and creativity to the desk.
Henry together with his colleagues at eBay’s 2019 Vacation celebration
As somebody who has devoted a lot of your effort and time towards cultivating a robust sense of belonging and connection at eBay, what does group empowerment imply to you?
It means assist for everybody. There may be a lot range among the many of us at eBay that it nearly looks like coming residence. Seeing a smile mild up on my colleagues’ faces once we manage one thing significant for them, whether or not it’s a chocolate on their desk or a card to welcome them again from their sabbatical or a present within the mail throughout this pandemic once we’re all working from residence, is what motivates me to be there for eBay workers throughout the globe. After we are in a position to care for everybody and act with integrity, we’re enabling them to resolve points, to really feel higher about themselves, to progress, to finalize a venture, to share data. We’re instructing one another to construct into each our inside community of workers and the broader group outdoors via volunteering or elevating consciousness for international points.
You maintain not less than 4 completely different management roles with the corporate. How do you ship with affect whereas balancing your skilled and private life?
As the chief assistant to Maurizio D’Arrigo, our EU VP and CFO, maximizing his productiveness and streamlining his calendar is my prime precedence, however every time I’ve a free second, engaged on affect and mentorship initiatives brings pleasure to my day. So that’s how I prioritize all the pieces: my workforce comes first, after which facet initiatives and all the pieces else falls into place behind.
What motivated you to take the lead on our international Movember efforts?
Earlier than becoming a member of eBay, I used to be a private fundraiser for Movember, and I cherished the concept of rising a mustache to carry consciousness to psychological well being. After I joined eBay, I had the chance to satisfy with the leaders of the group, they usually had a proposal for us to collaborate and produce consciousness to the company stage. For the primary few years, eBay’s Movember initiatives had been organized regionally, however final 12 months, because the Swiss workplace was brainstorming methods to combine Germany into our regional marketing campaign, members of the management workforce inspired us to broaden Movember into a worldwide initiative.
Throughout that first 12 months, we had been simply planning to unfold consciousness of the marketing campaign, however we had been so moved by the way in which folks had been bravely sharing why Movember meant a lot to them. The enthusiastic reception additionally helped to relaunch ACCESSIBILITY, which is our accessibility Group of Inclusion, and Movember is now certainly one of its primary occasions with the objective of broadening the dialog round psychological well being to a worldwide scale.
Henry making ready for the Swiss workplace’s Thanksgiving lunch in 2018
Reflecting on the virtually 4 years that you simply’ve been at eBay, what has been your favourite expertise or reminiscence?
As a result of the Swiss workplace is so multinational and inclusive, we have now a practice of celebrating the varied nationwide holidays of our workers’ native nations. In 2018, we partnered with the senior management in Switzerland to arrange a Thanksgiving lunch so that every one of our colleagues might expertise this American vacation. One in every of our senior leaders cooked the turkey, and we’d see him all through the day, strolling from assembly rooms to the kitchen to marinate the turkey in between his busy agenda. We remodeled our auditorium right into a eating room with candles and decorations, and we arrange a big desk the place the entire workers — over 80 folks in complete — might share a meal collectively. That day stays in my reminiscence as a result of I might see a lot pleasure and group within the room. Proper now, with COVID-19 being so current and taking away that chance to come back collectively, it places into perspective the significance of treasuring these moments of togetherness.