Monday, June 27, 2016

Tour de Cure 2016 - Done!

I committed to participating in the 2016 Tour de Cure in December of 2015. It is now over and I'm kind of sad about it. I had such a fantastic experience for many reasons, including the following:
  • Thinking about people I already knew who are living with diabetes
  • Getting to know new people who live with diabetes or who are working to support them
  • Riding my bike for almost 5 hours in beautiful northern Utah
  • Enjoying great support from ADA leading up to and during the event, including fantastic feed zones replete with drinks, snacks and words of encouragement
  • Being the recipient of so much heart-warming support from YOU . . . my friends, colleagues, family members and relative strangers who offered kind words and monetary donations
I am already looking forward to the 2017 Tour de Cure! Please join me in person and/or in spirit!

Lots of bikes & riders getting ready just before the event
Heading to the starting line in downtown Brigham City
There were lots of "Red Riders" - People riding who live with diabetes
Lined up and ready for the ride to begin
Fueling up with my new Red Rider friend Mike who was diagnosed when he was 16 yrs old
This is the main group I rode with for most of the time, including the last 20 miles in rain & lightning
This was the 25th anniversary of the Tour de Cure

Monday, June 20, 2016

Making an IMPACT!

~~~ Guest Post by Kelly M ~~~

How many of you can say that your company is making a real impact to the community around you? How many can say that they are personally involved in that impact? Well, I for one can say "Yes!" to both of those questions as a proud Silicon Sloper at EMC. Charitable contributions, diversity & inclusion, and environmental sustainability make up our core DNA and define the culture EMC embraces so dearly.

As a Silicon Sloper in Utah, I have had the pleasure to meet Gov. Gary Herbert, Rep. Mia Love, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, as well as Senator Orrin Hatch. All of these distinguished individuals genuinely appreciate the impact that EMC is having in Utah. They are well aware of EMC’s involvement in the community and our success at being one of the Best Companies in Utah.

Rep. Chaffetz
Rep. Love 
Gov. Herbert with EMC team at a UTC event
Utah Food Bank's Human Race
EMC has a passion to “Give Back” with several internal programs that allow employees paid time off for volunteer efforts and events to raise money and goods for the community.  These outreach programs benefit incredible causes like STEM, youth shelters, Veterans, and food banks, to name a few. Whether it be sponsoring events like Utah Pride or places like the Loveland Aquarium, EMC offers everyone an opportunity to make a difference.  
Mills family at recent Salt Lake Bees game
Wheelchair donation to Veterans
My family and I are recent transplants from Atlanta, GA and I can’t say enough about the warmth and hospitality from everyone in making us feel welcome in and out of the workplace. The Silicon Slopes will not only be known for its emerging tech industry, but also as a great place to live. I’m looking forward to being a part of this journey in Utah as a Silicon Sloper and can’t think of a better company to do that with than EMC!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Project Vista: T-30

We're actually slightly less than 30 days away from moving in to our new building at Draper's Vista Station! Just a couple of days ago I had a chance to walk through the space with a handful of colleagues for a 1st hand preview. I took UTA bus F514 from our Draper Lone Peak office to the Draper Frontrunner train & bus station, which is right next door to our new building. I'm sure I'll be taking that route again in the future. It was exciting and impressive to see the new space in-person! Here are the pictures I took . . .

The tour crew getting safety gear & briefing at the General Contractor's trailer-office
The front - A 3rd flagpole is coming and our time capsule will be buried in between them
Can you see the gray conduit in the dirt? That's for the EV (Electric Vehicle) charging stations
The concrete pad next to the trash bins on the southeast corner of the building is for our bike shelter
South end of the building - Note the patio area outside of the Cafe as well as the loading dock
The loading dock and back side of the building
Back side of the building and employee entrance to the Fitness Center
Retaining wall behind our building right below the UTA Frontrunner train tracks
One of the smoking shelters
The lobby as viewed from the balcony above
The 3 large training rooms that combine into 1 really large room
The "Hands-0n Product Training" room
One of several server & networking rooms
The Fitness Center & doors into the attached locker rooms
View into the Fitness Center before frosting is applied to the glass 
One of the men's restrooms
One of the drinking fountains with built-in water bottle filling stations
The new Cafe!
Our new salad bar
Cooking and prep areas for the Cafe
View of the ceiling - A mix of open & closed/dropped designs
Stairs down into the lobby from the 2nd floor
One of several cool wall treatments
Large training room that splits in half with lots of glass & writeable surfaces
Moveable wall in the large training room - Note the writeable surface
One of the break areas in the center of each floor - Note the polished concrete floors
One of the soft-seating areas - Note the carpet in the workspaces
View across the office space
Dana by one of the Supervisor workstations
Tall frosted glass that doubles as a whiteboard at one of the Engineering workstations
Lots of small, portable whiteboards
Nice small conference room with wall-mounted display
Coat closets
A row of employee lockers - Note the polished cement floor
Another view of a break area on one of the floors
Stephanie in the doorway of her new office
Standard office layout
Wall monitor in the workspace and great vistas behind that
Rooftop air-handling equipment for the Cafe
Some areas are still in progress, like the new Global Command Center
Me on the roof
I took UTA's F514 bus to go between the Lone Peak & Vista Station offices