A Conversation with an Uber Driver-Partner

The last in our series of posts with Uber highlights the outlook of one Seattle Driver-Partner.
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Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

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We are finishing up the last in a series of sponsored posts with Uber. Like many, I was curious to speak with a Driver Partner about her experience working for the company as a female minority. Tianna Williamson, who in addition to being a Driver-Partner is also a Peer Advisor, arrives warm, open and eager to talk about her role. Her feedback on the experience was not only positive, for Williamson, it has been life changing. 

Tianna is a 40 year Seattle native who has lived all over the United States. The 3 year Uber Driver-Partner veteran has a unique employment philosophy "in my experience (with this job), race and gender doesn't matter, it is all about how you treat people. It's already hard to be a minority, to get a job, but (Uber) opens doors for people to set their goals and create their own destiny."

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Williamson grew up aspiring for a job in the travel industry and still hopes to one day own her own agency, making travel accessible and affordable to the masses. She feels that in many ways her role with Uber is allowing her the opportunity for market research, while earning a paycheck. 

"When I was young I always loved airplanes and loved to fly. I tried several times to become a flight attendant but was too short and couldn't reach the top of the overhead compartment. So my second choice was customer service, I love people."

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Tianna appreciates the way Uber makes itself accessible through programs like uberPOOLUber Lease and the latest addition, Instant Pay.

"The economy is growing and uberPOOL is the best way to keep a thriving and very fast population moving." On leasing she says " it is great for people who can not obtain a car by themselves. I would say you just have to manage your books, keep track and stick to it -  it will work, and it will give you the opportunity to make money for your own car." With Instant Pay, "there is also the feature to cash out early. If there is ever a emergency and I need money right away, I have that option and its forwarded directly my account via direct deposit."

When asked her favorite aspect about driving with Uber, Williamson responded with a surprising honesty I was not expecting. 

"I paid of my credit card debt, I bought a new car. I empower myself to make my business successful because I am not an employee, I am a partner." 

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