Gig Leave - Tales from the Road What’s one thing that makes Guitar Center a great place to work? Gig leave. Gig leave is a unique Guitar Center perk that enables associates to take up to 90 days off to go on tour and pursue their passion for music, but still have their job when they get back. For Seth Kellogg, a repair tech at Guitar Center in Boston, Mass., who has played bass and guitar for more than 20 years, gig leave was a big reason for choosing Guitar Center. When not working, Seth plays bass with The Big Lonesome, a Boston Indie rock band that sounds like the Rolling Stones covering Sonic Youth. He took advantage of Gig Leave for a 24-date U.S. tour with The Big Lonesome this past April. While on gig leave, he enjoyed performing and spending time with the band, stating that his favorite part of touring is, “that you get to meet new people almost every day, and after a few tours you're visiting good friends all across the country.” The Big Lonesome currently has three EPs out, with a LP in post-production that is scheduled for release in 2020.
Women Rise: Extension of Guitar Center’s Leadership Institute We are excited to launch Women Rise, an extension of Guitar Center University’s Leadership Institute, which aims to prepare our next generation leaders to drive the culture, develop emerging talent, unlock innovation, and make a strategic impact across our enterprise. Leadership Institute is designed to be an open discussion between participants to foster the growth of cross-functional relationships and encourage personal reflection. The program’s goal is to provide insight into challenges leaders typically experience, as well as hone in on tools and practical approaches that enable greater career and personal success. The experience consists of leadership workshops; senior leader insights; 360 degree feedback from colleagues; one-on-one coaching; career success planning; and peer coaching. The Women Rise cohort specifically targets emerging leaders who are female in order to help promote greater gender balance among our future leaders.
Guitar Center's CHRO and SVP of Human Resources Anne Buchanan shares her best career advice for women. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMdBT
We're excited to announce our expansion into Hawaii, with our first-ever location outside the contiguous U.S. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMdB6
We had a great mixer last night with the team from SoCal Network of Executive Women and our #GCNOW employee resource group complete with live music from the all-female band the Voices of NOW. The Guitar Center Network of Women (NOW) works to support and enhance the experience for all women at Guitar Center and to optimize gender balance across the organization, capitalize on the power of inclusion and diversity, and fully represent the marketplace we serve. Vocal Stylings courtesy of Carmie Louis, Blue Dickson, Tina Trevino, and Carla Holden
Celebrating #InternationalWomen'sDay2018 with a powerful interview Charles M Smith did with leaders Michelle R Taylor, Kristy Porter, and Laura Neathamer from #GuitarCenter's Network of Women or GC NOW
Check out Jeannine Davis D'Addario, Guitar Center's own SVP, Chief Marketing &amp; Customer Officer's thoughts on Being Fearless http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ2GR
Excited to host Professor Bernice Ledbetter from Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management Monday, November 6, for our Diversity and Inclusion at Guitar Center (DIGs) initiative Coffee Chat session entitled, The Value of Diversity: Building an Inclusive Organization. GC folks - check out Backstage for more information.
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Now Category Director for Percussion Accessories and Band & Orchestra, Jordan Barth began his Guitar Center career six years ago as an Assistant Category Manager for Drums and Percussion. A drummer of more than 25 years, Barth began his musical journey when he found his grandfather’s practice drum pad as a kid and started playing along with the radio, before being introduced to classic rock by his parents. He loves the musical instrument industry, as well as helping people find the gear they’re looking for. Barth is currently on the search for a new kit of his own, “It’s about time for a new drum set … still haven’t decided what I want yet though, ha!”