Are you looking to expand your network and connect with fellow independent professionals on Upwork? Want to connect with local freelancers and grow your knowledge in your field?
We invite you to join us on February 13th at 9:00 AM PT for a chat with Upwork Event Manager, Will Simpson, and Upwork Senior Manager of Community Experience, Bethany Joy Clark who runs our groups program. During this virtual event, you'll hear from group guides around the world and learn about:
Upwork Senior Manager of Community Experience
Upwork Group Guide - Kenya, Virtual Assistant on Upwork
Community Experience Specialist
Upwork Group Guide - China, Mechanical Engineer
As Sr. Manager of Community Experience for the world’s work marketplace, Bethany Joy Clark plays a key role in the world of Community Groups & Gamification at Upwork --- and what a growing world it is.
The Upwork Community Groups program now has 100+ groups across 50+ countries. The focus is on connecting like-minded professionals spanning various industries, identities, interests, and geographical locations. Championing global cultures and serving a diverse workforce, a unique element of the program is the ability for groups to communicate in their native languages.
Before Upwork, Bethany was a Community Director for two years at WeWork, managing locations and teams throughout L.A’s Westside. One of her most memorable professional experiences was as an early employee at TOMS Shoes, where she led the growth of TOMS Campus Clubs and Community for 6 years through the brand's first acquisition. Her roles progressed from Director of Community to Global Brand Ambassador when she was asked to launch and scale TOMS on the Home Shopping Network. Quickly learning live TV, Bethany was also the on-air host for the brand, selling TOMS products and sharing inspirational stories. The One for One® company now gives to people in need in 70+ countries, and sells its products all over the world.
Prior to joining TOMS, she spent 7 years at The Walt Disney Company in the Global Sales & Marketing division, heading up the Disneyland Grad Nite program. Originally from Fredericksburg, VA and a large military family, she completed her undergraduate degree at James Madison University. With equal time in her career at both premier corporations and start-up’s alike, she’s comfortable wearing all the hats (both figuratively and literally, she loves hats!). She and her family enjoy the west coast lifestyle and reside in Southern California.
Hannah Waeni has over 15 years experience providing support to busy c-level executives and senior managers. She is passionate about good communication, developing & streamlining administrative policies & procedures, building mutually beneficial stakeholder relationships, human resource management and implementing team wellness programs.
Over the course of her career, she has had an opportunity to work in diverse sectors including education management, banking, hospitality & leisure, legal and non-for-profit thereby developing her knack to work in multi-cultural environments.
Post-80s, worked 4 years in full-time IT, 10 years in technical support of civil aviation airborne equipment, 1 year in project management.
Full-time freelancer at Upwork since late 2019, mainly working on manual testing support for a Danish CRM system. top Rated Plus since late 2020.
Full transition to home product development in May 2022, assisting customers to turn ideas into products by using desktop 3D printers and desktop CNC machining.
Join Upwork China community and become a Community Guide from the end of 2022.
2023 Goal to learn new knowledge, share my experience, meet new people and expand my capabilities in the Upwork China community.
2019年末起Upwork全职自由职业者，主要工作内容为一家丹麦CRM系统人工测试支持。2020年年底起成为Top Rated Plus。
Upwork Community Events
Will is a passionate educator and freelancer advocate who has experienced first-hand the powerful and life-changing opportunities made available by Upwork. Having spent years as a successful graphic designer on the platform, Will combines his experience building a business in the freelance world with over 10 years experience as operations manager of a publicly traded tech security company to facilitate authentic and meaningful educational events for the community members of Upwork around the world.