Layma Razi

Marketing, Zealr
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I’m the Senior Marketing Coordinator for Zealr, an AI-based sales Software as a Service company innovating how sales and marketing interact, measure, and learn. The most exciting part of my job is giving life to a brand. I get to help develop Zealr’s personality and values. It’s challenging but so very rewarding.
 
Your current company aside, name two other companies that you admire and explain why.
Student Loan Genius – These guys are changing the future of American debt. The entire team is so passionate about what they do and it’s incredible to see a group of people work so hard to make Americans’ future better.

Warby Parker – As someone who has been wearing glasses since the 3rd grade I really admire what this startup is doing. For every pair of glasses they donate a pair and even train people to be able to give eye exams. Because glasses are so expensive, some people have to constantly struggle to see. I think it’s so cool that Warby Parker works to help solve this problem.
 
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
Unfortunately there isn’t enough emphasis on work/life balance. There’s needs to be more energy focused on creating higher qualities of life for employees. Reward volunteer work, be more generous for maternal AND paternal leave, be more flexible with vacation time (within reason, obviously). Happy and loyal employees are one of the biggest competitive advantages a company can have.
 
What attracted you to your current company? Give us some examples of things that keep you there.
I was originally attracted to Zealr because of the drive and determination I saw in Craig [Conlee, the owner]. I love being surrounded by people who have an unstoppable vision and that’s what we have at Zealr.
 
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Don’t be too proud to admit your mistakes and shortcomings. Self awareness is one of the most admirable traits a person can have. Knowing what you struggle with, what you excel at, and being able to admit a mistake really help you become a stronger person.
 
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
I’d like the world around me to be more empowered. I see so many people with unlimited potential who are held back by fear or lack of guidance and I’d like to change that. I strive to inspire people around me to be self aware, unstoppable and to never let fear stand in the way of their dreams.
 
What is your best or worst moment of this week?
It’s been such nice weather lately and I’ve been taking my dogs on longer walks than normal. This week after a long walk both my pups jumped up on a picnic table and just sat there. Instead of pulling them off, I let them stay. We sat and enjoyed the view of the lake. It was the most peaceful I’ve felt in a really long time.