A chat with Elton Kwok
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Elton is the City Lead - San Francisco Bay Area @WeWork, previously the Assistant Vice President of the COO @ Private Banking Investment Group and a USC alumn. Super passionate about community, startups, and helping people.

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A chat with Elton Kwok

City Lead - San Francisco Bay Area @ WeWork

Your career path was different from what you majored

To apply my engineering education and provide an impact in a variety of business areas, I joined a Fortune500 financial services company to apply my quantitative skills & meet like-minded people

I became the AVP of COO of Private Banking Investment Group

I started as an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch working in a variety of lines of businesses and within 2 years, I became the Assistant Vice President in the Chief Operating Office.

Why did you switch from Merrill Lynch to WeWork?

I like to think about it as the switch from a Fortune 500 company to a hyper growth startup. The ability to make an impact that is much bigger than yourself really stood out.

We want to change the way people think about work.

We offer beautifully designed shared collaborative spaces where companies, startups, and professionals work to make a life, not just a living.

We build communities for individuals alike to empower each other.

What are some exciting things in your role as the City Lead?

I run the operations of 6 buildings and work with 20-30 people. Helping improve our members' experience (our bread and butter) and being part of their journey and movement is amazing!

Did school teach you skills that you are leveraging now?

In school, I learned about community building through my leadership opportunities in Student Government, Society 53, and Alpha Phi Omega.

Is there anything you'd have done differently in college?

It's interesting because I liked the way things turned out. Every experience led to another one. Little I'd know that my high involvement in the USC community would've led to what I'm doing now!

What are some things people don't know about community?

Community is sometimes defined as digital or physical so 2 different entities; companies like WeWork bring together both the digital and physical networks.

Say hi to Elton!

https://twitter.com/eltonkwok

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