Ever felt lost when scrolling a job listing’s benefits and compensation section? 401k. PPO/HMO. Professional development. FSA/HSA. It can feel like you need a dictionary just to decode the basics… so we’re here to help. Join Handshake’s panel of experts as we demystify the world of “benefits,” decoding the different work perks out there to help you understand total compensation beyond the salary. We’re breaking down the essentials and shedding light on less traditional benefits you may not have known about, to help you build your job search vocabulary and navigate your career path. Health plans, retirement options, and beyond — we’ve got you covered.

David Levinson
Managing Director of Strategy, People, and Operations, Teach For America
David Levinson currently works as the Managing Director of Strategy, People, and Operations at Teach For America, where he leads hiring and performance initiatives for the organization’s recruitment team. David started his career as a corps member in New York, teaching 6th and 7th graders in all subjects. At the end of his teaching tenure, he was selected as a regional finalist for the national Sue Lehmann Award for Excellent Teaching, given to top second year teachers in the organization. He then worked as a Director of Teacher Leadership Development in the New York City and Miami regions, where he managed a caseload of TFA partner schools and coached between 30-50 corps members yearly.

Paloma Thombley
VP of People, Handshake
Paloma Thombley is a HR leader and business partner professional with experience in rapidly growing startups, established tech, and public sector employment. Paloma currently works as the VP of People at Handshake, a Silicon Valley unicorn and the #1 place college students go to launch their careers with no connections, experience, or luck required. As the leader of the People and Talent functions, she has helped to scale Handshake from 160 employees to 675+ employees across multiple countries. Paloma has a passion for developing teams and managers, improving the employee experience, and building the right foundations to successfully scale rapidly growing organizations — in other words, identifying the programs or processes that may break, well in advance.

This session will be recorded and available on Handshake’s blog and YouTube channel after the event. You can also find past recordings on our website: https://joinhandshake.com/students/events/

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