Written by Bill Stappenbeck
There may be no more emblematic example of being the engine of your own career at Pitney Bowes than Angel Peoples.
First aspiring to sing and then to practice law, Angel found a new path when she was introduced to PB in 2003 through a program called In Roads. This led to summer internship opportunities in Marketing, DMT and Communications – and a newfound passion.
Angel’s early experience with PB uncovered an interest in marketing communications and she joined the company full time in 2007 working under Sheryl Battles, VP, Communications and Diversity Strategy. Spreading her wings, Angel moved into Public Relations while going back to school for a Master’s of Science with a concentration in integrated marketing communications, graduating in 2010.
Don’t just find your passion – pursue it with vigor
During this time, Angel proactively sought out mentors and stretch assignments to maintain her forward trajectory, including working in tech analyst relations, joining and graduating from the Early in Career program, and working on Impact 2017.
After pausing her career ambitions due to personal circumstances a few years ago, Angel hit the reset button in 2015, building her personal brand and reconnecting with the internal network that she had cultivated. This eventually led to a move from Communications to her current role as Senior Program Manager, Practice Support – Global Professional Services on the Software Solutions team.
“I really enjoy coming to work every day and getting to create and reinvent things and come up with new ideas. It’s really exciting and the most rewarding part of my work. I’m grateful that my leaders support creativity and diversity and lead by example.”
The right passengers matter, but you’re the driver
In the 10 years since coming onboard full-time, Angel has held 6 positions, moving up as well as laterally to take on new roles that were shaped with her in mind. In transitioning to her latest role, she credits support from Bill Hughes, Chief Communications Officer, her manager Ron Kammerer, VP, Professional Services and Steve Wilkens, SVP, Global Professional Services. “Steve believed in my potential, took a chance on me and asked me to join his team, still one of the best decisions I’ve made since joining Pitney Bowes.”
When asked to give advice to others who are interested in moving into a new role at PB, Angel says “Always play to your strengths, always be marketable, never be afraid to learn, grow and acquire new skills along the way.” Given her track record, anyone looking for new opportunities within PB would be wise to heed Angel’s example as well as her words.