2022 is proving to be quite a bit more challenging than any of us expected. In these moments, we believe getting together is important—to connect in person, recognize the great work we have done together and appreciate the time spent with one another.
After a two-year hiatus of in-person summer festivities, Upstart was excited to host the 2022 Summer Celebrations for Upstarters and their families!
In Columbus, Ohio, Upstarters had a picnic-style buffet, spent time exploring the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and captured the day with photobooth pictures and caricatures!
In San Mateo, California, Upstarters enjoyed Barbeque at a park by the Bay and played an assortment of carnival games and lawn games. The face painter and balloon artist were a hit with our families!
In Austin, Texas, Upstarters celebrated with a taco bar, beverages, lawn games, watching armadillo races, face painting, and enjoyed the sounds of their co-workers belting out their favorite karaoke songs.
Upstart hosted a contest for our community of Upstarters to send in their favorite photos from the 2022 Summer Celebrations.
Check out the winners
Best Team Photo: Office Management Team in Columbus, OH
Caitlin Schomberg, Receptionist; Kyle Kearney, Office Assistant; Rachael Carvalho, Head of Events and Office Management
Best Action Shot: Clare Richardson, Senior Recruiter in San Mateo, CA
Most Upstart Spirit: IT Team in Columbus, OH
Jazmin Ruiz (she/her), Associate IT Engineer; Kevin Tran, Credit Analyst; Brigit Elizondo (she/her), IT Support Analyst; Fernando Martinez, IT Support Analyst; Jon Page (he/him), IT Engineer; Ali Alkafaween, IT Support Analyst [plus photos of Alex Thomas (she/her), IT Support Analyst; Angie Spreng, IT Support Analyst II
Cutest Family Photo: Dashini Jeyathurai (she/her), Director of Employee Experience and Development in San Mateo, CA
Honorable Mention: Kelli Layton (they/them), Auto Title Ops Associate in Columbus, OH
Honorable Mention: Members from the African American Employee Network (AAEN) Employee Resource Group in Columbus, OH
Honorable Mention: Members from The Asian-American Upstarters (TAU) Employee Resource Group in Columbus, OH
Honorable Mention: Christian Chapel-Bennett, Credit Analyst in Columbus, OH
Congratulations to our photo contest winners! Thank you to all Upstarters who make working towards our mission possible.