One of the core values at Mailchimp is creativity, so it’s safe to say I work with a lot of talented humans. When I heard my coworkers Meg and Jane talking about hosting a lettering and calligraphy class in the marketing studio, I jumped at the chance to turn their after-hours art party into an experimental—and very successful—employee engagement series we call Night School.
We launched Night School in January of 2016 with two classes and one simple premise: give Mailchimp employees an opportunity to teach each other how to do awesome stuff. The first one was Meg and Jane’s Lettering and Calligraphy class, and it was a foreshadowing of sorts to Meg launching Freddie and Co., which would lead to her handwriting getting turned into a font. (!!!) The gals picked up a couple of beers, I ordered some pizza, and 14 people crowded around a table to learn from their fellow coworkers and to write their names—plus the name of our mascot in fancy handwriting.