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Celebrating International Women’s Day with the Women of SmileDirectClub

Meet the women of SmileDirectClub in this International Women’s Day roundtable discussion of women in the workplace hosted by Mari Andrew.

We believe in the confidence of a great smile. And the power of the women around us.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we brought together women from all different teams and career paths at SmileDirectClub as they discussed how they rose up in their careers and what it’s like to be a woman working at SmileDirectClub, the pioneer of at-home, doctor-directed invisible aligner therapy. SmileDirectClub was also named a Best Large Company for Women by Comparably in 2018.

We invited Mari Andrew, writer, illustrator, and speaker from New York City, to sit down with a group of women from SmileDirectClub to talk about their experiences. She was joined by Cheryl DeSantis, chief people officer; Niki White, ADL people and organization manager; Sydney Stars, tax manager; Jami Arias, SmileShop manager; Michelle Hey, Python developer; and Blandine Jean-Paul, vice president of brand marketing.

Thank women today. And tomorrow. And the next day.

“Our future’s now,” Jean-Paul says.

SmileDirectClub was founded on a simple belief: Everyone deserves a smile they love. And we’ve made more than 500,000 smiles to date. Learn more about how we’re redefining an industry and making a difference in people’s lives, and apply to join our team today.

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Meet the women

Jami Arias, SmileShop manager (West Village, New York City)

Jami started working at SmileDirectClub in the fall of 2018. Jami is from Carteret, New Jersey, and has 23 years of retail experience. She’s a proud mom of 3 boys and passionate about cooking traditional Latin meals-turned-vegan with her family.

Cheryl DeSantis, chief people officer

Cheryl is a values-based leader who brings more than 18 years of human resources experience in team member engagement and development, global communications, policy, and strategic planning. Cheryl has lived in the Nashville area for several years with her three daughters – Marlie, Jessie, and Ava – and their two pups, Beasley and Riggins.

Michelle Hey, Python developer

Michelle started at SmileDirectClub in July 2018 as a software developer, and she’s been developing software at various companies for 6 years. She has a degree in public relations and a minor in music business but discovered she wanted to go into technology after graduating from college. She was accepted into Nashville Software School’s 6-month boot camp and got a job following it, launching her career in technology. In her free time, Michelle enjoys writing, painting, and playing with her dog, Diesel.

Blandine Jean-Paul, vice president of brand marketing

Blandine builds brand strategies that influence consumer behavior throughout the entire purchasing funnel. Prior to SmileDirectClub, Blandine held leadership roles at Hasbro, Heineken, Diageo, and ESPN. Blandine grew up in Boston, earning her MBA in marketing and international management from Northeastern University and her BA in communications and media from Boston College. She lives in Rhode Island with her two teenage children, Alexander and Kaelyn.

Sydney Stars, tax manager

If it starts with a “T” and ends in “ax,” Sydney’s your girl. Originally from Mississippi, Sydney found her way to Nashville after graduating from the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in tax accounting and launching her career with PwC in Atlanta. She calls East Nashville home and enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and two boys – Oliver, 8, and Darcy, 3.

Niki White, ADL people & organization manager

Niki has been with SmileDirectClub for 7 months working in the lab in Nashville where we manufacture our invisible aligners. She has a master’s degree in organizational leadership in human resources and over 15 years of HR experience. Niki and her husband of 10 years have two daughters, and she loves to shop and spend time with her family.

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