They say home is where the heart is – and for eBay’s Susy Presedo, that means finding it wherever she goes.
Born in Nicaragua, Susy spent most of her life in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, before moving to the United States in the mid-1990s to study at university in Louisiana.
Today, Susy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. This year marks Susy’s third anniversary as an Executive Assistant at eBay, supporting several VPs and senior executives in managing their daily work schedules.
Throughout her travels, Susy has felt at home in various communities, including eBay’s administrative assistant community. âI really like the people I work with and the values ââeBay stands for. My experience is that the business is very family oriented so that has always been important to me, âshe said.
As National Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States draws to a close today, we spoke with Susy about her journey on eBay, community, culture and the importance of family – home. and at work.
Can you briefly describe your journey to eBay?
I officially moved to the United States in 1995, and in 1997 I moved to California, so I had never really worked in high tech until I got my first job in the Bay Area. . In my own family, I am the first to work in a high-tech industry in Silicon Valley. At the time, I landed a job as an administrative assistant thinking I would continue to go to school. But then I realized how much I love the job. And it became my career, even today at eBay.
What does your day-to-day work look like in general?
There are a lot of meetings and emails – so a lot of communication. I constantly check Slack and my emails to see if there are any messages from the people I support. Then after doing that, I start going through my mail, meeting requests, and invitations. I also follow up on other requests I sent, making sure people responded. Or I have my own tasks. I also help organize team meetings, including sessions with musical guests, virtual fitness classes, online cooking classes, and many other exciting activities for our community.
Community is an important cornerstone of eBay. What do you like about eBay’s administrative assistant community?
You can tell we’re pretty close. They are all very helpful. When someone has to go on vacation or needs time off, we cover each other. I appreciate this element of community on eBay. At the end of the day, aren’t we all here for each other?
You mentioned that one of the things you love about eBay is that it is family friendly. Can you share your own personal experience with this?
My boss is very involved with his family, so that’s a quality that I really admire about him. He has always made a point of setting aside time on his calendar to devote to his family and to help his children with lunch, or to take care of them when needed. When I had to make time for my son, they never had a problem with that. I never felt like I had to miss things with him like a school performance. And if I have to be away because he’s sick, that’s never a problem. I like that eBay supports that kind of flexibility.
How would you describe yourself?
I really enjoy spending time with my son and my husband. I like animals very much. Any type of animal. I was a vegan and it was only recently, for health reasons, that I started to eat fish. I strive to be a good friend and to be useful to everyone. I love my family and I am very close to them. We communicate every day through an online messaging application.
You shared that you have visited many different places, from Honduras to California. Where does your family live now?
They are all spread out. I have a sister in Canada, a brother in Honduras, and my mom is in New Orleans, so we all keep in touch through messaging apps. Almost every day I talk to my father in Honduras. My dad is really cute, he sends me a “Hello” message every day. My brother is visiting now, and I enjoy his company.
15 Sep-Oct The 15th marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year’s theme on eBay was âUnited Everything is Possibleâ. What does this month mean to you?
This means that we can raise awareness of Hispanic issues. What excites me is discovering all the great things that people in Latin American countries have done. This year we brought in a NASA astronaut from Mexico who dreamed of going to space since he was a child. He shared his story about his family as migrant farm workers and how he was inspired to hear about another astronaut from Costa Rica who had been chosen to go to space.
Years later, despite a lot of hard work and perseverance, our speaker said he kept being rejected by the program. So he asked himself, “What do these other candidates have that I don’t have?” He said rejection motivated him to learn other skills. He obtained his scuba diving license, learned Russian and became a pilot. After being rejected 11 times, he entered the program. Unbelievable. I was so impressed with him and his story.
You also helped organize a samba music event for Hispanic Heritage Month on eBay. What interested you in samba?
I have always liked percussion. It’s something that I played in high school and in the marching band every Independence Day on the streets of San Pedro Sula, my hometown in Honduras. Years later, at a jazz festival in San Jose, California, I saw people playing samba and I knew, âOh, I want to do this! It’s because I love music and culture. I really love the sound, and playing it is even cooler.
How does your love of learning and your interest in trying new things transfer to your life outside of work?
I am always open to learning new things and improving my skills, whether in the workplace or in my personal life. This is also true when it comes to my own crochet. I make dolls and toys. Before, I didn’t want to make them because they were complicated to create, but now I love it.
I love paddle boarding, I love to knit, and I love to crochet. I love the Caribbean and the warm beaches. If you ask me, my dream is to live in front of the ocean with warm water, to be able to paddle. We try to go to places like ports where the water is fairly calm. I even took my inflatable board to Honduras. My husband and I also love to sail and we often go to the San Francisco Bay Area.