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Meet our new community manager: Adele Barlow. Her favourite quote? “Don’t Settle” by Steve Jobs.

by Rob on March 26, 2012

Quick note from Rob & Dom: We’re really thrilled that Adele is joining us in our mission to build a platform that helps every corporate professional in the world make exciting career transitions and find work they love.

We joke that Adele is Esc’s first groupie but in all honestly she is the best person in the world for this job and we are so excited to be working with her. Here is her blog: www.adelebarlow.com.

Hey! I’m Adele.

Like a lot of people, I signed up to law school because I had no idea what to do with my life. Three weeks later, I dropped out, because I realised after a few classes that it would end up being a waste of time and money for me.

I was working with a digital media investment and advisory firm at the time, and my gut feeling told me that the digital media world offered much more exciting and relevant opportunities for me.

Falling in love with Escape

It was around this time, in 2009, that I came across Esc on Facebook. I sent Rob a message, introducing myself and declaring my love-at-first-sight status, adding that I’d just moved to London and had run my own startup in New Zealand.

The next thing I knew, I was sitting with Rob and Dom having exciting conversations about jobs, careers and education. Before long I was going to every (EVERY) Escape Wednesday. I even found myself running an Esc Meetup while the guys were out helping Mikey launch the community in New York.

[Send me an email to say hi: adele@escapethecity.org]

My dream job

Two years of borderline stalking finally paid off and the guys have asked me to join the team. I am thrilled to be joining as Esc’s Community Manager. 60,000 members and sign-ups from around the world – I have a feeling I’ll be quite busy!

I passionately believe that there is more to life than doing work that doesn’t matter to you and I am massively excited to be in a position to help build the future of Escape the City.

Escape the City was started to solve a simple but widespread problem – far too many people working in the corporate world aren’t fulfilled by their jobs and they are all facing the same problem: “If not this, then what?”

Esc is a community, a movement, and a business. But without its users (i.e. you) it is nothing. My job is to make sure that we get better and better at giving you what you want.

As Community Manager, I’m here to listen to you, chat with you, learn from you. Our conversations will shape Esc’s direction, because without you, there’d be no Esc.

So let’s chat…

Planning an escape from your corporate job? Been following Escape the City for a while and have lots of ideas for how you’d like to use it? Feeling stuck and just fancy a chat? I want to hear about it.

You can email me any time at adele@escapethecity.org. I’m sitting with an empty inbox and a blank canvas right now, and I’m waiting for you to tell me what you want from Escape the City.

If you’d prefer to speak face-to-face, please do come and say hello – my first ‘office hours’ will be this Thursday evening at 6pm at Adam Street Club just off the Strand in central London.

Just turn up and say hi. Or drop me an email letting me know you’re coming.

Help me help you…

Drop me a note or just come and find me in the main bar area. I really am serious about meeting as many of you as possible to understand how this concept can give you what you are looking for.

The more I’ve gotten to know Esc, the more I’ve fallen even deeper in love with its values. The guys have built something amazing over the past two years… and the most exciting thing? This is just the beginning.

Esc love,

Adele

Find me on Twitter: @adelebarlow

  • Christine

    Yo Adele!

    …..And to think I thought I was the first ‘groupie’!! but definitely the oldest!! Ha! Congrats!! Great news for you and the guys!! All looking very exciting at the mo and also on the B2B side of things too – be so wonderful if we get it all set up and all working together again – such fun!

    The space we looked at this morning is just amaaaaazing! Might try and get along on Wednesday but we’ll def have to have a catch up soon.

    All best wishes

    Christine x

    • Adele

      Hey Christine! Looking forward to seeing you soon – the space is indeed AMAZING, I saw it last week… anyway, chat soon x

  • kelly

    Adele! You rock, this is going to be great, can’t wait to work with you :)

    • Adele

      Right back at ya! I can’t wait :) Get to London already… xx

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