The Meet Metis Q&A: Rebecca Joyner, vice president of content strategy

When I joined the Metis team, Courtney gave me an overview of the co-workers I’d meet during my first day in the office: who specialized in certain topics, who I’d work closely with and which remote team members would be in town. After describing Rebecca as an incredible writer, former teacher and journalist, and (at the time) Alabama resident, Courtney paused and said, “You’d probably love working with her.”

preview-full-Headshot - RBJ.jpgShe didn’t know at the time, but I wasn’t far removed from a college career spent wondering how I should apply my English degree. Like many of my peers, I considered teaching, marketing, journalism, creative writing and even law as potential career paths. Learning that someone on the Metis staff had pursued more than one of those options was a huge draw.

Courtney’s guess was spot on – a year and a half after starting at the company, I became part of Metis’ content team, reporting directly to Rebecca. Beyond her prowess as a sharp editor and constant creative energy source, Rebecca is hilarious, an advocate for issues that matter and the kind of manager who truly champions your personal success. Read on to learn how she got started at Metis, what she’s reading and why you’d probably get on board with her ideal diet.

What's one thing you love about Metis? 

There is always a new challenge, a new opportunity to learn and grow professionally.

What were you up to before you came to Metis?

I freelanced for Metis for years before I came onboard full time. Before that, I taught literature and composition to high school and college students, worked in high-tech and non-profit PR and marketing, and wrote feature articles for a daily newspaper.

What’s your favorite Metis benefit?

All my favorites come down to time. Working remotely a few days a week gives me hours back I’d otherwise spend commuting. Flexibility allows me to fit in midday parent-teacher conferences if they pop up. And when I had a baby in 2015, Metis’ paid parental leave benefit lengthened the time I was able to stay home with my son.     

What's one thing you've learned since starting at Metis?

Great work comes down to results.

Best book you've read this year:

I’ve been reading the “March” trilogy with my kids. If you ever questioned the power of images to convey complex ideas with limited text, this graphic novel-style memoir clears that right up.

What TV show do you binge watch?

I pretty much only binge watch. Some of my recent favorites: “The Crown,” “The Americans,” “Stranger Things" and "The Man in the High Castle."

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I hyphenate it, can I pick two? I’d happily choose pizza-and-beer forever.

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