#YmazingPeople: Lorraine K. Lee
Everybody who is using LinkedIn should know Lorraine.
Lorraine fell in love with journalism in middle school, and eventually went on to study journalism at Northwestern University. During that time she held a number of internships in both journalism and related fields, which led her to a marketing/PR position at a start-up as her first job after college. For her next role, she decided that she wanted to write more and get back to her journalistic roots.
“LinkedIn has always been a dream company of mine to work for, so when I saw a job posting on — where else, LinkedIn — I applied. I’ve now been with the company for almost four years and have loved every minute,” Lorraine said.
Lorraine has worked on a number of products and projects as a News Editor during her nearly four years at LinkedIn. In her current role on the Daily News team, she works on Trending Storylines and the Daily Rundown to give professionals the news and views they need to be better at their jobs. Previously she led editorial efforts for LinkedIn SlideShare.
For #YmazingPeople, the 27-year-old powerwoman gave us some exciting and informative insights out of her stunning career:
Lorraine enjoying a hike in Hong Kong, where she is on a temporary assignment.
Lorraine, if you could give a message to your younger self 10 years ago, what would it be?
It would be to keep working hard, but to remember that life is about being well-rounded. It’s not all about work, and not all about play. It’s important to keep things in perspective and know that it’s never just one thing that’s the end-all-be-all of getting into a good school, getting a good job, etc. Another important lesson I’ve learned is to not stress out about having a set plan. Life will throw many things at you, and it’s impossible to know where you’ll be in 3, 5 or even 10 years.
Looking to the future: If you could ask one question to your future self 20-30 years from now, what would it be?
I would ask myself what were the most meaningful failures and successes I learned from in my career and personal life that got me to where I am today.
You are really passionate about your job at LinkedIn. What drives you?
I’m driven by the desire to do something with purpose, and to feel like the skills I’ve learned are being used towards something meaningful. I’m lucky enough that I have a job that allows me to help professionals feel more productive and successful in their careers. I’m also driven by my friends and family — relationships are very important to me, and so I’m inspired and encouraged by them; and I make sure to make time to tend to those relationships.
What routines do you have in your daily life that help you get everything done?
I make sure to start the day with breakfast, and to keep a very detailed calendar for work and non-work activities so I can manage my time well. I also make time to meditate each day and journal.
What was the biggest challenge for you to jumpstart your career?
The biggest challenge for me was finding a role that could use the skills I learned in journalism school, but wasn’t a traditional journalism role at a newspaper or magazine.
Who’s your role model?
My younger sister, Justine, is one of my role models. She works extremely hard, and is very talented at what she does (she’s a designer in the fashion industry). Her colleagues look to her as someone who is very personable while also being dependable — both qualities I think are really important, and which I strive to embody in my work. I’m also inspired by her very positive outlook on life, and her willingness to try new activities and adventures.
Lorraine (right) and her sister on a recent trip to Kyoto.
Who do you view as a mentor?
I’ve learned so much from Marisa Kwok, who is an Editor at Large at LinkedIn. Marisa was my first hiring manager at LinkedIn and later encouraged me and supported me to make the temporary move to Hong Kong.
What was the best advice you have ever received?
I think the best piece of advice I’ve heard time and time again is that relationships matter. This is true for both relationships in the professional sphere (I’ve gotten some of my best jobs and internships through networking!) and my personal life (I’m lucky that my best friends and I still make time in our busy schedules to keep in touch and support each other).
What could young hustlers learn from you?
Don’t underestimate the power of “thank you.” When you meet someone who helps you with an introduction, a job lead, etc., it’s important to acknowledge the time they took out of their day.
How do you influence society?
LinkedIn’s mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. I sit on the global editorial team at LinkedIn and help fulfill this mission by making LinkedIn a destination for news and insights that help professionals be better at what they do.
From your perspective, what are the biggest differences between the young generations (Y (1980-1995) &Z born after 1995) in comparison to GenX (1965-1980) and Babyboomers (1950-1965)?
I think there’s less of a difference between the generations and more so with the way a workplace functions today. In the tech industry, there’s an openness I didn’t expect when I started working. There’s not as much of a barrier between colleagues of different seniority levels when it comes to sharing ideas or disagreeing.
Last question: Do you have a special tip for young professionals and their career plans?
If you’re interested in switching roles or careers, talk to people who are in the roles you want. LinkedIn is a great place to find and network with those people. Don’t be afraid to reach out with a message asking for 10 minutes of someone’s time. If you’re respectful and kind, most people will say “yes.” People are flattered when they’re asked to talk about themselves!