Imagine a world where everyone is doing work they love. We do. But for too many people, work is just work. And we want to change that. We’re on a mission to spread a more natural way of professional connecting. That way, everyone can tap the power of their networks to move their careers ahead. It’s a part of our quest to expand human kindness.
And we are focused on helping those most impacted by unconscious bias. Because everyone deserves a shot at doing work that matters.
MANGO is a human-centered HR tech company that’s helping people to connect in real ways, in the world of work.
At MANGO, we specialize in employee engagement, retention, and networking solutions that build authentic relationships through ENGAGE (for employers) and CONNECTS (for universities/job seekers).
MANGO Engage is an enterprise engagement solution that reduces turnover by engaging employees in contributing to the success of others throughout the hiring process, on-boarding, and early-career journey. Designed to meet millennial/Z needs, MANGO Engage helps large companies to create a small-company-feel and build employee belonging, at scale. Learn more about MANGO Engage solutions for hiring, on-boarding, and peer mentoring.
MANGO Connects is a FREE networking tool that helps today’s job seekers write customized networking emails and get face-to-face with their network without the guesswork. MANGO Connects helps make networking easy, effective, and more natural. MANGO Connects is used by job seekers from over 200 universities nationwide.
We’re not like most startups. MANGO isn’t being made by a few techies in an incubator. It’s an ongoing team effort by people from all over who show up to share their expertise with us. Often voluntarily. We invite you to join us.
Write yourself into the MANGO story. Because we’re not done yet.
Sue Wollan Fan is the Founder & CEO of MANGO Connects. She is passionate about doing work that matters and helping others do the same. She’s coached talented people throughout her career as a corporate executive at Accenture and Best Buy, a nonprofit leader, a tech entrepreneur, and a mom of three daughters.
An early nerd, Sue has an undergraduate degree in computer science and business, and a master’s in public affairs focused on advancing social equity. Her book “Stop Networking. Start Connecting.” is due out in 2018. She is among the most optimistic people you’ll meet.
Featured Team Members
Names matter – We chose one that feels happy, real, and slightly quirky, like we are. Something tied to branching out and growing. Something that reflects the abundant, warm, and organic nature of connecting.
MANGO felt right.
There’s a Sri Lankan saying: “mango friends”.
It refers to people who are particularly generous and supportive of one another. The term came into being when a group of children spied a single ripe mango dangling from a tree. The tightly-knit group insisted on sharing the single fruit, so that none would go without.
At MANGO, we turn contacts into relationships.
And maybe a few mango friends.
Sue Wollan Fan started MANGO in 2015 with a simple idea – that everyone deserves a chance to do work that matters. And the simple truth – that no one does it alone.
Careers are built through the kindness of others – through the useful advice, the opportunities, and referrals we give to one another. This was Sue’s experience and is even more true in today’s referral job market.
With LinkedIn, nearly everyone now has access to a large network of people, something that used to be restricted to only the privileged few. That is a big breakthrough for expanding opportunity for all. But Sue could see something was still missing.
With her own daughters starting work, Sue found herself coaching a whole new generation of job seekers. Despite their vast LinkedIn networks, Sue heard the same story from nearly every millennial she talked to: They were struggling to get jobs they loved. They felt stuck, unsure of their options, or what their next move should be. In every case, they were going it alone, while their network sat idle.
That’s when it hit her. We no longer have a network
problem. We have a networking one.
She decided to solve that.
As parents often do, Sue tested her solution on her daughter, Kasey’s job search….and failed miserably. She learned quickly that the old networking techniques didn’t work for a new generation or a changed job market. But through Kasey’s experience, Sue discovered what did work.
How did Kasey find a great job in a new city? She did it by reaching out for conversations with some recent graduates – friends-of-friends — living there. They gave her referrals to job opportunities she didn’t know existed. They gave her practical advice and details on the hiring process that none of Sue’s senior contacts could have.
No schmoozing. No intimidating conversations with people with big titles. No cookie-cutter emails or wasted time.
Kasey had done it a different way –
a way we now recognize as connecting.
That first experience generated the seeds for what MANGO is today: The best connecting tools for advancing your career. Since then, lots of people have joined Sue and the MANGO mission. Together, we’re making tools that give everyone a chance to connect and find work they love.