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Humans of Maze: Meet Rebecca Levin

Humans of Maze: Meet Rebecca Levin, Maze

A-Maze-ing

noun

amaz·​ing | \ ə-ˈmā-ziŋ \

Definition of A-Maze-ing

  • a team member of Maze
  • one who inspires, educates, shares generously, and cares deeply

Welcome to the new Humans of Maze series where we introduce our A-Maze-ings to the world. Dive in to learn more about the incredible, talented, and kind people behind the product you love.

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Our dancing queen Rebecca Levin is here to empower our amazing Maze Community as Program Manager of Community & Events. She’s leading the charge on Maze’s first-ever Disco Conf (<-- register for free now!), uniting minds across the globe to spark thinking between design, product, and research to ignite the next generation of insights-driven teams.

Exhibiting classic Canadian kindness and a curiosity about all things – she earned her BSc in Neuroscience and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, after all – Rebecca’s fantastic event planning and adorable photos of her pup, Piper, keep everyone at Maze engaged and energized. She’s a consummate advocate for our community and packs an amazingly efficient carry-on bag, both qualities super integral to life at Maze!

Why did you join Maze?

I learned about Maze from a collaboration at my previous organization. When the opportunity came to join the team, I had to accept! What stood out was the level of care that the organization demonstrates for individual team members – from benefits to offsites – and the overall positivity within the team. The folks that make up Maze are a community, not just people filling roles.

What were you doing before joining Maze?

Before joining Maze, I was a program manager at Learners, a Canadian-based startup aimed at providing free and accessible professional development content for folks in user experience. It was a small team (less than 10 people), so I had a diverse set of operational responsibilities. I wore just about every hat, from business ops to community management, and everything in between.

What’s great about living in Toronto?

I absolutely love living in Toronto. It’s the most culturally/ethnically diverse city in the world! In this city, you get to experience so many beautiful global cultures through fabulous food, eye-opening festivals, and more!

How has remote/ distributed work impacted you?

For me, being remote means that I get to travel anywhere, anytime – traveling, exploring new places, being outside of my comfort zone is my happy place. I love visiting other A-Maze-ings wherever I go, and I love that my team is accommodating of working in different time zones. I am enabled to do my best work, unconstrained by standardized (office-based) expectations. By being freed to work any time, I can be heads-down when I’m in a focussed state of mind, go for a midday walk when I need the space to think, and have full control over my calendar (since we are asynchronous-first). This setup has been imperative for my work-life balance.

What have you enjoyed at Maze?

The people I work with make Maze such a special place! I love that we can showcase ourselves in authentic ways through various fun Slack channels, through Snacks N’ Facts, through our work and our Zoom calls. We work hard, and we also have fun. We take time to celebrate wins – big and small – and to also celebrate each other.

What’s something exciting that you’re building?

🪩DISCO CONF🪩 WOOP WOOP 🥳😆 Quite honestly, this project gives me (and others) so much joy, I can’t wait to see it come to life.

What do you value most about your team?

It’s astounding the level of trust and respect that we all have for each other. The marketing team communicates a lot in our channel, very transparently sharing the times when we’ll be reachable, what we’re working on, and reporting on our work. I also love that even though several new team members have recently joined the marketing organization, our amazing dynamic remains unchanged; the collaboration only becomes better!

Help us make an acronym of your name!

  • R: Ready-for-travel
  • E: Ecstatic
  • B: Balanced
  • E: Excited
  • C: Calm
  • C: Cheerful
  • A: Abba fan!

What is your power ballad/ go to karaoke song?

DANCING QUEEN 💃 👑, by ABBA

What are your social media handles?

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