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💬 Q&A Featuring Russ Laraway, Chief People Officer | Q&A
We’re excited to announce our next Q&A with one of Qualtrics’ top leaders! From June 22 to June 30th, you can ask Russ Laraway, our Chief People Officer, any questions you have about working remotely, adjusting to life in our “new normal,” and how Qualtrics can be used to make sure your employees and customers are doing OK. We also want to use this space to open a dialogue about the current conversation surrounding #BlackLivesMatter and what Qualtrics is doing to make sure the voices of our Black employees and customers are heard, validated, and acknowledged.
Russ Laraway oversees our People Operations team (or PeopleOps for short), whose purpose is to “power legendary experiences” for all Qualtrics employees. This includes running our various employee engagement programs, investing in employees’ careers at Qualtrics and beyond, and working to create an environment where every employee can be successful.
Russ has had a diverse and dynamic career before coming to Qualtrics. Before he joined the Q family, Russ worked at both Google and Twitter, helping to grow them into the tech juggernauts they are today. At Google, he was recognized as one of Google’s best managers for helping his employees succeed. Before joining Qualtrics, Russ co-founded Candor Inc. with Kim Scott to help people improve their relationships at work. Russ brought his experiences with him to Qualtrics, and he’s been a key contributor in shaping a collaborative and impactful work environment.
How It Works
Add your question for Russ as a comment on this post. Russ will personally answer all of the questions that come in throughout the week.
During the Q&A, you have the opportunity to work with your fellow community members to unlock prizes to help navigate our ever-changing world. Prizes include tech for improving work from home, such as wireless keyboards and ergonomic furniture, donations to either Black Lives Matter or the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a year subscription to Masterclass, gift cards to local restaurants of your choice, and more! For each task completed, a new prize will be unlocked. Some tasks may just require work from a single community member, while other tasks may require a team effort to complete. Tasks do not need to be completed in order.
*Please ensure all questions are thoughtful and of high-quality. We will be checking, and it matters!
- Over 1500 views on this Q&A post.
- TASK COMPLETED: $100 gift card to local restaurant of choice
Convince Russ to reveal his personal self-care techniques, but don’t let him know this is a task.
- TASK COMPLETED: 1 Year Headspace subscription
Ask a question about how Qualtrics uses our own XM platform to improve employee experience.
- TASK COMPLETED: $100 donation to BLM or NAACP Legal Fund
Three questions posted to the Q&A within 24 hours of going live.
- Get Russ to talk about Radical Candor / Kim Scott without mentioning either by name.
- TASK COMPLETED: Wireless Logitech or Apple Mouse
Three questions from people with “R” in their first or last name.
- TASK COMPLETED: Wireless Microsoft or Apple Keyboard
One question about Employee Experience (EX) best practices.
- 100 likes on this LinkedIn post.
Once a task is complete, we will cross it off and let you know which prize you have unlocked as a community. We will be entering each of the Q&A participants - meaning those who have posted a thoughtful question or discussion point for Russ - into a raffle for a chance to win one of the unlocked prizes. Each corresponding task must be completed by 11:59 pm MST on June 30th for the prize to be unlocked. A community admin will reach out to our winners (who may choose which prize they’d like), and they will be announced to the community shortly after.
*As usual for Q&As, support questions are not allowed! If you have a support question, please start a discussion elsewhere on the community, or reach out to the Qualtrics Support team.