Monday, November 21, 2016

Career Growth: An Inside Job

One of the things I love about working in a large office for a large company that enjoys "Winning Together" is the opportunity it affords to our team members for career growth. We've had lots of internal movement over the last 5 years. In addition to people changing teams and roles, we've attracted people from other Dell EMC offices around the globe. This contributes very positively to our diverse and engaged team. Of course, we hire plenty of people from universities and other companies, but it is good to know that there are opportunities right around the corner or on the next floor for all of our team members. Here's a partial list of some specific examples:

Relocation to Utah
  • Sri - from India 
  • Michael - from Ireland 
  • Jorge - from Brazil 
  • Hagen - from Germany
  • Greg - from Georgia 
  • Steve - from Maryland 
  • Sean - from New York
  • Anna - from Massachusetts
New business unit or function within the same location
  • Sarah - from Customer Service to Consulting
  • Shawn - from Customer Service to Virtustream
  • Josh - from Customer Service to engineering
  • Evan - from Customer Service to sales
  • Gavin - from Customer Service to IT
  • Sage - from IT to Consulting
  • Jared - from Mozy to VMware
  • Michael - from Mozy to Virtustream
  • Liberty - from EMC to RSA
New job function or level within the same location
  • Kellie - from individual contributor to manager
  • Windie - from contractor to full-time
  • Brent - from technical to managerial
  • James - from intern to full-time
In many of these instance there were literally dozens of names to choose from. Thank you to all of the team members and leaders who make this culture of "Winning Together" possible. We truly believe in and value our people. We know we perform better, are smarter, and have more fun working as a team than as individuals. And the definition of our team is broad and inclusive.

Our Women's Leadership Forum which actively promotes networking & career development

Graduating class from one of our internal leadership development programs

Me with Paul in Virturstream's Ireland office

Me with my global HR business partner

Monday, November 14, 2016

STEM Mentor Exchange

The STEM Mentor Exchange is a mobile application designed to connect Utah educators with industry mentors & volunteers. It will be an important tool for developing a vibrant workforce to match Utah’s growing economy.

This is a volunteer effort by multiple industry partners to assist educators in preparing our kids for the future. I'm proud that much of the software development is being done by a team of engineers from Dell EMC, with support from the STEM Partners Foundation. We expect the mobile app to be released early 2017.

In addition to providing support to our children and their teachers, this tool will also provide data about the quantity & quality of efforts from companies like ours. There are so many good things going on already, but there hasn't been a consistent, transparent way to capture and share that information. I know the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) is anxiously watching this effort. I envision opportunities in the future where state & local incentives for companies could be tied to performance measured through the STEM MX platform.

And, there's nothing to prevent this from being a platform for other states and even countries! Please join me and sign up today at!