Team Life is Good

Do what you love. Love what you do.

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Having fun at work is not a diversion from productivity. In fact, it’s an essential ingredient to staying loose, open, creative and solution-oriented.  Fun makes for easy lifting.  You can have strong ideas, great products, and a brilliant team – but fun (once again) is the grease on the chain that keeps the whole bike rolling. Often viewed as frivolous frosting in the world of business, fun is actually a wildly effective means to attract, unite, and propel people toward achieving common goals. What worked at early street fairs, and later at the Fests, is an integral part of our work culture at Life is Good today.

As a result, we make sure that large, signature events help everyone feel informed and connected to our mission and each other. Our biggest are the semi-annual, company-wide Jake Jams, which always include a strong mix of comedy, live music from our all-employee house band, and open book updates from leadership. Skits have taken the form of game shows, mock fashion runway shows, karaoke sing-a-longs, and more. One memorable Jam pitted our VP of Finance against our in-house attorney – neither position generally known for hilarity – in a boxing-themed Comedy Smackdown involving outlandish promoters, ringside trainers, cross-dressing ring girls and a frenzied voting “panel” made up of everyone in the room. Other gatherings include summer picnics with Fest-like games and live music, and winter snow tubing expeditions at a local mountain outside Boston. We try to spread that same childlike fun on the road as well, whether it’s chucking discs into the crowd at speaking engagements, tossing footballs in the aisles at trade shows, or weaving physical games into our visits with business partners. 

More important than these special occasions is the everyday fun we can all bring to each other at work. It starts with your own energy: realizing that a simple quick story, ball throw, or one-liner can defuse stress, reconnect teammates, and refresh our collective “get to” mindset.  Maintaining a childlike appetite for fun every day is healthy, enjoyable, and good for business.

Believe it or not, Life is Good days are not all filled with Frisbees and ice cream. Like any business, we work hard to manage our P&Ls while fulfilling our mission, and that can be intense. Through the highs and lows, we strive to be true to our brand name, lifting each other with bursts of fun when they’re needed most. It’s a shared, conscious and healthy way to blur the line between work and play.

Meet some of the faces that help us every day spread the power of optimism.

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First Name: Michael 

Job Title: Account Manager, Best-in-Class Partnerships

Department: Best-in-Class/Licensing Team

Why did you want to work at Life is good? Well, why wouldn’t I want to work at a company that encourages t-shirts and flip flops as a central part of the dress code (pantalones are also preferred)? Kidding, after growing up surrounded by the brand for 14 or so years, it quickly became clear that I wanted to be a part of all that Life is Good is working to accomplish.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? One word: Festival. Life is Good really knows how to throw down with a mean music festival. Bring me back to any one of them and that’s likely where some of my favorite Life is Good moments are found.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. Believe it or not, we’re a bit of a small and scrappy bunch. Only about 150 employees.

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? I’m very fortunate to work in licensing, and part of the reason for that is because I get to work with a bunch of 3rd party organizations, team with them, and together, grow the good, spread the power of optimism and work to raise a bunch of money for kids in need.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? A while back we had a segment of our product line that we referred to as Good Karma.Within the line, Jake was represented slightly differently, and internally, we playfully referred to him as crunchy Jake. Those were some of my favorite tees.

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First Name: Ellen Lemper Greeves

Job Title: Playmaker Coach and Creative Manager

Department: The Life is Good Kids Foundation

Why did you want to work at Life is good? Because I do truly believe that we focus on will grow – and I wanted to work in a place that focused on the good – a place where Compassion, Love, Openness, Fun, Courage, etc. are not considered the “soft stuff” but the real stuff that can actually change the world. Imagine a world where kids (and adults) are 10% more compassionate, 10% more courageous, 10% more open or creative. Imagine the solutions we would innovate, the wars that would be averted, the community we would create! I also need to work in a place that puts equal value on what we do and how we do it. It’s not enough to put a great product or message out into the world. The process of doing it has to also feel right. And while things certainly aren’t always easy – and while we have challenges like every other company has challenges – I think there is an authentic intention to practice what we preach and value the superpowers we grow in ourselves and each other because we can’t spread what we don’t have.  

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? There’s no single moment. There are a lot of little moments that add up to something awesome.  Like taking the time to have lunch with different folks in the Tavern. Like hearing the most contagious laugh you’ll ever hear or having one of our resident four legged friends pop in for a pet. Like responding to tragedy with gratitude and love in the Nothing is Stronger than Love campaign following the Boston Marathon Bombing. The little things are indeed the big things. 

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. The two essential ingredients of every all staff meetings are frisbees and food.  

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? At the Life is Good Kids Foundation, I get to work at the “foundation” of spreading optimism to kids. For the seeds of optimism to grow, the soil has got to be rich. I get to help childcare professionals build and sustain learning and healing environments where optimism can take root. I get to provide personal and professional development experiences in which childcare professionals can discover and grow the good in themselves and the kids they work with. It’s such a joy and honor to get to care for the people who care for kids. And it’s such a joy and honor to get to grow the good in and with my own team as we focus on our own superpowers and skills we bring to everything that we do. 

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? That’s a super hard question! I’ve always loved the simplicity of our great messages like: The music’s not in the guitar. Be Here Now. Breathe. Grateful. Love fiercely. Peaceful state. And of course, ommm girl. Hey, I’m a yogi 🙂

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First Name: Linda

Job Title: Director eCommerce Product Management

Department: eCommerce

Why did you want to work at Life is good? I loved how the shirt images made me feel – I strongly believe in the message and the work the companies does. I couldn’t wait to buy shirts for everyone I knew!

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? Seeing Bert do a talk at a Demandware conference – I was so proud to be a part of LIG while he was up there speaking.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. We had a contest for who was funnier- our legal counsel or our VP of finance…I forget who won?

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? We constantly try to improve customer experience and it is fun!

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? Log on/log off reboot

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First Name: Chris

Job Title: Marketing Manager

Department: Marketing

Why did you want to work at Life is good?  I first experienced what Life is Good was all about when I work on the LIG Festival in 2010.  The energy was so positive and everyone was so welcoming, I knew it was a company that I wanted to be a part of. 

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? Being a part of the brand launch in the fall of 2015 was by far my favorite and proudest moment.  It was an honor to be a member of the team that executed the launch with such success and helped children’s charities across the country.  It was one of the most rewarding experiences and a proud moment for me.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. Life is Good offers up to 40 hours a week in time off to volunteer for the charity of your choice.

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job?  I collaborate with a great group of people to bring Life is Good to life at in person events.  It can involve some long days but I always end the day with a smile knowing that I’ve impacted the community in a positive way.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? The pint glass that has the following messaging:  No sense being pessimistic, it wouldn’t work anyway.

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First Name: Colleen

Job Title: Technical Design Manager

Department: Quality Department

Why did you want to work at Life is good?  A friend of mine saw the job opening and called me ecstatic!  She said, “This is the perfect job for you – you are a great tech designer, and you are one of the most positive people I know!”  I was curious what it would be like to work with many optimists, instead of being the one optimist in the office!  It’s been great meeting and being among ‘my people” on a daily basis!

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good?  My first Kids Foundation “Steve Gross” presentation – I cried!

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about.   We have two heart shaped puddles from pot holes in the street behind our building – it makes me look forward to rain because I get to see them!

What is your all-time favorite tee shirt graphic?  Life isn’t easy, life isn’t perfect, but Life is Good.

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First Name: Srujan 

Job Title: Lead SAP Technical

Department: IT

What is your all-time favorite tee shirt graphic? Life is good T-shirt with American flag on it.

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First Name: Taylor

Job Title: Brand Development, Assistant to the President

Department: Support Team

Why did you want to work at Life is good?   I wanted to work with like-minded people on a brand that I felt connected to.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? We helped build a basketball court for kids in need in California at the Boys and Girls Club… the court was beautiful and it had this really colorful Life is Good mural lining the wall surrounding the court. On opening night, we had a big celebration with all the kids, so seeing it come to life and how much fun the kids were having was really rewarding and made me appreciate how cool this job is. Now, they are able to provide hundreds of kids with access to their first ever basketball league.

What is your all-time favorite tee shirt graphic? Livin’ on a Pair… it’s simple but speaks to a lot of what makes me happy- sunshine, family vacations at the beach, simplicity…

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First Name: Jason

Job Title: Art Director

Department: Creative Hub

Why did you want to work at Life is good? It’s an opportunity to create and work with great art while simultaneously doing good.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? Attending one of our art shows and witnessing our respect and understanding for the power of art in all its forms.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. There’s inspiration around just about every corner in the office. From amazing art and fashion pieces on the cutting room floor to the inspirational people I get to work with every day.

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? We get to influence the look and feel of the brand, helping it grow with every new opportunity and reach more people. So the more we grow the brand, the more we grow the kids foundation.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? The Love Bomb graphic from Spring 16.

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First Name: Laura

Job Title: Talent Manager

Department: Optimistic People Group

Why did you want to work at Life is good? I love the message of spreading the power of optimism, I love our partnership with the LIGKF

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? Seeing the fruits of our labor for the Holiday Party pay off – it was a work of love and seeing everyone walk into Hudson and be joyfully surprised at the transformation – and seeing everyone have a fun time was an amazing experience, definitely a top moment for me

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. Because I brought the Kids Tee Contest to my daughter’s 4th grade class, to her dance class and to several Hollis Girl Scout Troops, I am known as the LIG Mom.

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? I get to talk about what a great place LIG is ALL THE TIME. Part of my job is selling our company to potential employees and it is really easy to do (thanks Bert and John!). People love to hear about what a great company we are, the casual dress code, having dogs, the tavern, the LIGKF and free coffee, they love hearing that we have a new president, they get really excited about the prospect of working here and I m super proud to tell them about it. Even people who don’t land the job want to keep the door open or tell me they will always be a customer. 

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? Any one that says Not All Who Wander Are Lost  – in pink

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First Name: Kathy 

Job Title: Customer Care Specialist

Department: Customer Care

Why did you want to work at Life is good?  I came back to work for LIG five years ago and I could not have been happier. The people and the culture are irreplaceable. I love the reaction I get from people when I tell them I work at LIG. I recently was at a party and a man asked me where I worked. When I told him Life is Good he got a really big smile on his face and shared a story with me about his favorite LIG shirt that he received on Father’s Day in 2008.

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job?  I feel that I get to grow the good by working with my customers and using my super powers. Our wholesale customers are such special people. Our love for the product and for what it stands for keeps us all happy and grateful every day!

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? My favorite graphic is a pair of flip flops. I love wearing flip flops and I am lucky enough to get to wear them to work.

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First Name: Stacey

Job Title: Sr. Product Manager

Department: Product & Design

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good?  When we all end up sitting on the floor, playing with the dogs, and laughing!

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First Name: Deb 

Job Title: Temp Buyer/Planner

Department: eCommerce

Why did you want to work at Life is good? Life is good was the right job at the right time for me. The more I learn about LIG and the good we do, the great work atmosphere and people, I wish I was here years ago and I truly love this position and company.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? In the Spring 17 Product Meeting, getting to hear the stories from people who share with LIG is truly moving.

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? By increasing sales and margin, more $ get to go to the Children’s Foundation.

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First Name: Kim 

Job Title: Wholesale Customer Care Supervisor

Department: Wholesale Customer Care

Why did you want to work at Life is good?  I have always been a huge fan of the brand! Life is Good makes me smile, along with a lot of other people! It’s powerful to have such a positive impact on the people around you, I love being a part of that.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? My mom meeting JJ & Keith, our Director of Operations.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. We have big wheel races, and they totally rock!

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? I get to work with some really special people, including our customers.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? It’s gotta be the half full glass, it’s a staple!

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First Name: Stephen

Job Title: Sr. Graphic Designer

Department: Product/Graphics

Why did you want to work at Life is good? I truly believe in the message.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? Being surrounded by open minded positive people.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? The original LIG oval graphic. It says it all.

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First Name: Lesley

Job Title: Design Director

Department: Product & Design

Why did you want to work at Life is good? After many years in the industry I was really ready to be a part of an organization that cares about giving back and making a positive impact on the world.  I consider myself really fortunate to be able to do what I love to do and express myself creatively everyday while being part of growing the good.

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? As a Designer, I always feel a tremendous amount of pride every time we launch a new seasonal collection.  So I get to experience that, along with my team, every 6 months.  But, I would have to say one of  my favorite all-time moments took place on my very first day at LIG, 7 years ago, and it just happened to be the Spring sales meeting, but it was taking place at the Gillette Stadium!  We had models showing off all the new styles, music, and it was simply thrilling, not only to see the beautiful new collection launch, but to see the look of pure joy on the team’s faces – it was then that I knew I had made the right decision.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. People are always excited (and a little jealous!) to learn that we get to bring our dogs to work EVERYday!

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? I have lots, but if I had to choose, I would say the “Love Wins” graphic.  I felt a tremendous amount of pride for all of us to be a part of such a monumentally important, worldwide movement and to spread the message of love and optimism at that particular time in history.

 

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First Name: Amanda

Job Title: Head of Storytelling & Stewardship

Department: The Life is Good Kids Foundation

Why did you want to work at Life is good? In high school, I raised $5k through a game of musical chairs.  That was the first time I realized I could raise awareness and funds for good causes and have fun at the same time.  When I learned about The Life is Good Kids Foundation, it seemed like the perfect place to keep doing that. 🙂

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good? Getting to bring Life is Good to Boston’s Outside the Box Festival.  Having Life is Good be a part of the largest free arts festival if all of New England feels…well, really good.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. On the Kids Foundation side, we open every headquarters meeting with a game of Taps.  

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job? I get to tell the stories behind the life-changing social work of the LIGKF, and say thank you to the tens of thousands of corporate, institutional, and individual supporters that makes that work possible.  It’s a lot of good fueled by a never-ending well of gratitude.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic? See the picture I’ve provided.  Yes, whenever I get to be on stage, Life is Good.

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First Name: Colleen 

Job Title: Head of Optimistic People

Department: Optimistic People Group

Why did you want to work at Life is good?  Since the day I saw my first Life is Good tee shirt, I knew I’d found my tribe. Now I’m a card-carrying Optimist and couldn’t be more proud. #foundmyhome

What has been your favorite moment about working at Life is Good?  We recently hired our first ever President. She just happens to be the inspiring leader who sits next to me! When our Founders shared the news with our team, people jumped out of their chairs and cheered. That doesn’t happen every day. Happy tears everywhere.

One fun fact about working at Life is Good that people might not know about. We have two awesome workplaces that couldn’t be more different from one another. City and country, lots of space and lots of community, a free gym and a free tavern. What do they have in common?  Great people, rampant self-expression and lots of dogs. 

How do you “get to” grow the good in your specific job?  I get to help make it easy for our people to bring their best to work every day. And find the great people who are spreading the power of optimism.

What is your all time favorite tee shirt graphic?  Rollerblade Jake, circa 1995?  And yes, I still rollerblade.

Want to be apart of our team? Keep checking back here for any openings!

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