Here at SparkPost, we are always looking to share our story. Usually, it’s with customers and prospects but on the third Thursday of April, we share our story with a group of people very near and dear to our hearts– the kids of SparkPost!  We host a full day of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in both our San Francisco and Columbia offices as well as send out kits to the children of our remote employees that work around the globe.

This year, the kids were able to hear from our CEO, Rich Harris about why it’s important to try out different careers until you find what fits you.  He shared his personal story of starting out cutting grass as a kid, a dishwasher, to scooping ice cream, being a litigator, a professor, and now a Technology CEO.

George Schlossnagle, CTO and Founder of SparkPost shared the types of people we look for to join SparkPost. He shared our four values with the kids and why having people with those values makes our company awesome. Technical Product Manager, Avi Goldman, presented data, analytics, and email in kid speak! Members of our SF office shared their roles with the kids, including our Social Media Manager, Erica Weiss.

In addition to learning about coding, and marketing concepts – the kids had a chance to learn about and help us support two local charities that we support throughout the year. As part of community service commitment, Our Columbia, MD office assembled three housewarming kits for Grassroots in Howard County, MD and our San Francisco, CA office learned about and assembled 30 hygiene bags for Simply the Basics.

We love hearing feedback from our team.  Principal Software Engineer, Dave Gray’s, daughters mentioned that they “loved the scratch games – especially the chase game” in reference to the game in which the kids made a cake chasing and eating a donut. He also said, “They’ve asked to come to work with me every day since then.”

HR Specialist, Angie Parise’s, son Carter, shared that “it was great seeing my friends that I met last year, and the coding was really cool and the ice cream truck was epic!”

Senior Director of Engineering, Balu Pillai’s, son, Rohan, clearly liked Avi’s talk on how SparkPost helps deliver emails. It resonated well with him as his school sends emails via SparkPost and he is very keen on knowing when his school opens late. 😏

Our day would not have been successful without the help from businesses in our communities.  A special thanks to Howard County Fire & Rescue for their CPR lesson for kids, Magician Pravin, The Cow, and Code Ninjas for helping to round out our day!


SVP, Head of On-Premises, Joal Barbehenn, shared that Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day “has easily become my favorite work-day of the year!”

We look forward to 2020!

~ Michelle