In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Claudia Leon for this month’s Faces of Unity Blog. Claudia is the Verified Solutions & Affiliates Manager for the Asset Store. Learn more about her story and the impact she is creating at Unity!
What do you do at Unity?
I am the Unity Affiliates Manager and I support the Unity Verified Solutions Program (VSP). I work on the Asset Store team.
As a partnerships manager for our VSP, I am responsible for increasing visibility and driving the adoption of our partner's products and services within the Unity developer community.
As manager of the Unity Affiliate Program, l empower the global Unity community to endorse and promote our products.
What does your day-to-day look like?
I split my time between the VSP and the Affiliate Program, which keeps things interesting.
In order to advocate for my partners and strategically market their products within the Unity ecosystem, I meet with several teams a week. A lot of collaboration is necessary in order for my partners to be successful! I have regular calls with each of my partners to discuss marketing initiatives, technical updates, and upcoming events and then scope out a marketing plan for them.
On the Affiliate front, my time is spent looking at data to ensure affiliates are generating sales revenue, looking for new affiliates to recruit into the program and maintain strong relationships with those currently joined.
Where were you before joining Unity?
I worked for a subsidiary of Webloyalty, called Incentive Networks. We built white-label rewards program solutions for companies looking to offer their customers a loyalty program. I managed over 1200 partnerships across Retail, Travel, Software, Finance, and Subscription and overlooked a small team of college graduates.
What made you decide to work at Unity?
I was ready to join a company that was doing something really cool for others. Unity provides people of all skill levels, backgrounds, and ages an opportunity to be creative. I dig that.
What cool projects are you working on?
The Asset Store’s mission is to make it fun and easy for users to find, source and sell content. Our team is focused on growing and evolving the Asset Store and every day feels like we are working on a large project. From hobbyists and indies to enterprise level, the goal of the Asset Store is to look at how we can provide developers of all levels and in all verticals the best tools. It's truly a team effort.
Have you met any professional milestones at Unity? If so, what?
While being at Unity I was presented with the opportunity to speak on a panel for the Latina's in Tech Organization. This was both nerve-wracking and exciting because it was something I'd never thought about doing. Sharing my personal and professional story with other like-minded women supporting one another and encouraging each other's success was a great feeling. I’m also looking forward to participating in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) conference, where Unity will be present. Come see us at booth #1155 to learn more about opportunities!
What do you enjoy about Unity company culture?
I enjoy the fact that all ideas are welcome at Unity. Our team has collaborative and open brainstorming sessions where no idea is a bad idea and everyone is expected to contribute. Everything is open for discussion, which I love.
What do you enjoy about working at Unity overall?
I enjoy the people that I work with and the passion that our customers have for our product. Unity matters to so many people and our users let us know every chance they get!
What would you tell someone considering a career at Unity?
I would tell someone considering Unity to attend events or meetups. There is no better way to get a glimpse into what Unity's impact is across industries than checking out our presence at conferences or stopping by Unity meetup's that are often organized by passionate Unity users.
What excites you most about the future of Unity?
The vision is grand. We are growing fast and making huge impact on industries outside of gaming. With a strong focus on building balanced teams through diversity and inclusion efforts, Unity is in a position to make impactful actions that could influence other large tech companies.
What's the best piece of career advice you've ever gotten?
My father always told me, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." While I certainly believe that you have to have skills and knowledge to do your job well, forming relationships, being kind, and respecting others will take you far. I've been fortunate in that most of my career, the job has come to me. I have a strong network of contacts who I continue to foster relationships with. You'd be surprised what a random text to an old colleague to ask how they are doing can do!
Favorite video game?
Sonic the Hedgehog. What can I say, I'm nostalgic.
What’s your favorite non-Unity related activity?
Listening to podcasts. This American Life, Serial, Super Soul Conversations with Oprah, The Joe Budden Podcast, Joe Rogan... Any chance I get I'm listening to something.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I'm a certified Unicorn. Born & Raised in San Francisco, 94112 to be exact.
If you’re interested in learning more about Unity Technologies and opportunities to be apart of teams that are driving huge impacts like Claudia’s Asset Store team, check out our careers page!