Living life within the Google bubble

Weisman sports her Google gear and Star of David necklace.

Jessica Goldberg, Junior, John Burroughs School

Meet Morgan Weisman, an inspirational and multitalented young Jewish adult from St. Louis who is “living the Google life” in Sunnyvale, Calif. As a talent channels specialist, she recruits product managers for Google, allowing her to put her excellent people skills to use.

Weisman graduated from John Burroughs School in 2009 and continued her education at Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of the class of 2013. Weisman and her family belong to Central Reform Congregation, where she was an active member during her teenage years.

“I was drawn to Google for a few reasons,” Weisman said. “It is a diverse, data-driven, inclusive and innovative company that truly has the social good at heart. Every single day, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to work for a company that gives back, that provides their products to users for free and is making the world a better place. Recently, Google gave $3 million to racial justice organizations in the Bay Area.”

From Weisman’s description of a fulfilling life on the Google campus, it is no surprise that this year Google was ranked the No. 1 company for which to work for the seventh time in the past 10 years by Fortune magazine.

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Google is also well-known for offering a wide variety of outstanding cuisine options to its employees.

“The food is amazing, and on my campus alone (Tech Corners), there are seven different cafes, food trucks, minikitchens on every floor and a barista bar in each building,” Weisman said. “My favorite part is having eggs and pancakes every morning.”

Weisman raved about other features of being a Googler. Google’s perks are designed to take care of the whole person and keep them healthy physically, emotionally, financially and socially.

“There are two gyms and locker rooms with amazing workout classes at all times during the day, a basketball court, bocce ball, a batting cage, volleyball court, and plenty of outside seating and chalkboards,” Weisman said. “There are massage rooms with masseuses, nap pods and cars that you can ‘rent’ for free if you need to run errands. I drive an electric Nissan Leaf each Wednesday to go tutor.”

Weisman began cultivating the organizational, leadership, analytical and interpersonal skills she uses today long before beginning her career with Google. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, she was selected by Teach for America and taught in public schools located in low-income communities.

“Teach for America involved thinking about the systemic problems, growing my own leadership capacity and figuring out how I could make a greater impact beyond my own classroom,” Weisman said.

“I can say that I would not trade my two years in the classroom for anything because I know now the meaning of hard work and sacrifice. I know the lengths people will go to to help others achieve and succeed. And I know how incredible students are across the United States and how thirsty they are, not just for knowledge, but for someone who believes in them.”

Weisman’s self-reflection and empathetic approach to life was echoed by her teacher and mentor at Burroughs, Michael Dee. After Weisman was a student in Dee’s English class for two years, he observed her tenacity and sophisticated communication skills.

“Morgan often determined the course of our most constructive discussions, and her written work was a model of thoughtful engagement,” Dee said. “She was receptive, appropriately self-critical, thoroughly appreciative of every opportunity, dedicated to improving the quality of her thought and expression, and willing to adopt the inconvenient measures necessary for success.”

Weisman’s inspirational commitment and attention to any endeavor she pursues has carried over into her religious life. Throughout her teenage years and now into her mid-20s, Weisman has remained actively engaged in the Jewish community. Her Jewish upbringing has instilled core values, longstanding traditions and the relevance of Judaism to her daily living.

“My mom prioritized Shabbat dinners and celebrating the holidays with family while I was growing up,” Weisman said. “I think that being Jewish has instilled the value of tikkun olam, as I dedicated the last two years of my life to social justice and working with those less fortunate. It gives me perspective into how fortunate I am every day.”

As a Googler, Weisman continues to make Judaism an important part of her life. She has made it a point to connect with fellow Jewish adults in California.

“Now that I am in the Bay Area, Google has a group called ‘Jewglers’ who organize events such as those surrounding Hanukkah and Purim,” Weisman said.  “Judaism continues to be of importance to me for cultural and community reasons, just being able to connect with people on a deeper level and knowing we have our shared faith in common.”