This week in the Hot Coral Hot Seat™️ we have the the wonderful Call and the Gang Cop Brenda Wong.
Brenda has been here since November 2017 and her current focus at Monzo is:
Getting better at my phone voice, and figuring out the sweet spot number of emojis we can include in a tweet!
What’s too many?
An interesting fact about Brenda is that:
I once attended a meeting at No. 10 Downing Street as part of an emergency get-together to figure out how to get young people to vote in the EU Referendum. David Cameron was the most important person there, and I was the least.
You’re the most important person to us Brenda
Her favorite thing about working at Monzo?
My squad is the absolute best people I've ever met in my career
The Call and the Gang squad are pretty stellar, to be fair!
As in, the biggest meal I’ve ever eaten, or just the biggest thing? I’m a big fan of an all-you-can-eat buffet, but I’m not super adventurous when it comes to size-of-thing-to-eat so it was probably some sort of turkey leg at some point.
Metropolitan! Those wide carriages and air conditioning The Northern line, although my most used line, can get in the sea. shakes fist at those branches
I’m a great planner, but am quite squeamish and not physically very strong! So if I can mastermind it without getting my hands dirty… probably.
As a side note, one of my favourite podcasts of all time is My Favorite Murder (American spelling as it’s an American podcast). It’s hilarious and covers a lot of true crime, so theoretically I have a lot of source material if I ever decided to come up with a nefarious scheme.
I’d been a fan of Monzo since the beta days (User #33253, yo!) so when I left my old job it was basically no. 1 on my list of companies to apply to. (I’m a spreadsheet kinda girl, so I made a list of all the companies I admired and scoured their jobs pages for any opportunities that caught my eye.)
Recently: Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig, The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon, and delightfully, The Gift (Book #1 of the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon). So, a real big mix! Also, delightfully, I’ve taken to reading cookbooks from cover to cover, so The Roasting Tin and The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer and Smitten Kitchen: Every Day by Deb Perelman. I love to cook
She is absolutely going to kill me for this, but since this is @EmilyP’s last day at Monzo, I thought to share this with you all
As members of Call and the Gang, we respond to tweets @monzo with as much delight as we can muster. Bless her, she responded to a tweet by someone with the Twitter display name ‘Areola Granola’ (best Twitter display name ever) in the most earnest way: by calling them ‘Areola’ in the reply. Best day at work ever.
I must admit, I have no idea!
If I told you, I would have to kill you.
(Nahhhhhh, they wouldn’t even let me take my phone in.)
I actually did a law degree, so I think in a perfect world that’s what they would have wanted me to do! But they’ve always been super supportive of everything I do, and they’re always telling me they’re proud of me living 6,000 miles away from them can sometimes be really hard, but we talk every day! (Whatsapp is a wonderful thing.)
Ooh, for lunch? My fave thing ever is the rice congee they do at HOP Vietnamese for breakfast. It is chef kiss
Arms for legs! (I wouldn’t be able to do anything with double legs.)
And a requiem to my waistline, but I love, love, love to cook. I’m still learning but there’s nothing more satisfying than making something delicious to share!
I really like cats ! I take care of my neighbour’s cats all the time (two Maine coons, one called Jasmine and one called Mellow) but plot twist… I also like dogs Why you gotta limit my love like that?
I wouldn’t choose to eat pineapple on pizza, but if it’s there, and I’m hungry, I wouldn’t be mad.
I’ve never worked with a more understanding, empathetic, and driven team! It inspires me every single day.