A Weekend in Pittsburgh with NSBE

Our recruiters and engineers just got back from Pittsburgh and they simply can’t stop raving about the 44th Annual National Association of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention. Team HomeAway returned for a second year to recruit college engineers and share their career stories, but this time around they brought someone extra special.

HomeAway President, John Kim, attended the convention and hosted an invitation-only dinner for a small group of engineering students, allowing them to dig deep and inquire more about life at HomeAway. JK also presented his popular session from SXSW, “Love in the Age of Machine Learning.”

The small, group dinner was the highlight for Team HomeAway and students alike because of the valuable one-on-one time they got to spend together.

Team HomeAway at dinner in Pittsburgh with NSBE students.

Team HomeAway at dinner in Pittsburgh with NSBE students.

Trey Briggs, Sr. Software Engineer, said, “I enjoyed hearing students talk about their collegiate experiences during dinner and seeing the students` interest in HomeAway rise throughout the night.”

For Dottie Tosan, Partner Success Account Manager, bonding with other Nigerian engineers made the evening extra personal.

The following day at the general session, attendees were hanging on to every word as JK shared personal stories and talked about how love is surprisingly the key ingredient when it comes to a successful career in technology.

Dottie said, “JK’s session was definitely the ‘bomb.’ He gave the audience a lot to think about in terms of where the world is going and how they can stay competitive. Also, I appreciated his humility in staying afterward to interact with the participants, it spoke a lot to his character.”

When asked if they would be excited to attend the NSBE Convention again, it was a unanimous “yes” among Team HomeAway. The authentic connections and passion for engineering made this the ultimate event for our team to meet bright students who are ready for their next opportunity after college.

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