Sunday, April 30, 2017

Women in Action @ Dell EMC

~~~ Guest Post by Cassaundra V. ~~~
The Women in Action resource group is one of the diversity and inclusion organizations for Dell EMC team members. We welcome all who support our vision, mission, and objectives. This is the third anniversary of our local Utah chapter. There are 9,070 global members in 85 chapters. The Utah chapter has over 200 members. Our objectives are to:

  • Promote positive roles of women in technology and leadership while expanding our members' skill sets
  • Provide a community for employees to offer advice and support and share experiences, best practices, and laughs
  • Advocate career advancement and development opportunities for women
  • Enhancine Dell EMC's brand as a diverse and inclusive organization in the global marketplace

We are comprised of several different committees:

  • Community Outreach
  • Professional Development
  • Educational Outreach
  • Communications & Membership
We regularly interact with and promote events held by the Women Tech Council. We sponsored many events throughout the last year, including service and networking events. We held several internal development courses (Women Power, Career Progression, etc.) and implemented a mentoring program for our Utah site.
Part of the Utah Women in Action team at a recent meeting
Through educational outreach, we sponsored "Junior Achievement in a Day," where several Dell EMC volunteers spent the day teaching elementary school students about business. Our very own Jessica Alvey was featured onKUTV 2 News as one of our Junior Achievement leaders.  We also sponsored SheTech Explorer Days, which are annual events organized by Women Tech Council to encourage more women to explore careers in STEM. Nearly 30 Dell EMC team members volunteered at this year’s SheTech events, logging over 220 Legacy of Good hours.

Our very own Jessica Alvey on TV for  JA in a Day
Team Members at SheTech
The Community Outreach Committee sponsored two days with Habitat for Humanity last fall, which we can’t wait to do again later this year. We also gave back by partnering with the Road Home in downtown Salt Lake City, gathering donations and packing over 90 lunches for the children staying at the shelter. Our volunteers then returned later in the week to host a Friday Fun Day for dozens of children, which included outdoor games, singing and treats. In addition, during the holiday season, our team members collected $1,000 to be donated to Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital via a fun Penny Wars competition.

Part of the donations collected for Primary Children's Hospital
Our goals for the remainder of 2017 include sponsoring JA in a Day, Habitat for Humanity, and Penny Wars again as annual events, along with additional career fairs, community support initiatives, and professional development workshops.

The Women in Action Utah members are proud to say we help 
make Dell EMC a Great Place to Work!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Faith @ Dell EMC

~~~ Guest Post by Kelly M ~~~

One of the unique aspects of the Dell-EMC combination was the priority placed on making sure our culture and values were aligned. A survey of both companies indicated that we were very similar, actually identical, in the top 5 areas that team members viewed as important to them. One of those areas is “Winning Together." We perform better, are smarter, and have more fun working as a team than as individuals. Dell EMC fosters this by supporting Employee Resource Groups (ERG). These are shared focus groups that have similar structure and governance around the world. They serve as an integral part of our Diversity and Inclusion strategy. There are 14 ERG’s today, each sponsored by a member of the Dell EMC Executive Leadership Team. One of those groups is called Faith. Our charter states:
The vision of Faith is to serve as a network and resource group to the faith-honoring employee community at Dell EMC. Our commitment is to be inclusive of all employees, and align to the Dell EMC Core Values while making a positive impact in the workplace and our communities. Faith will promote employee engagement in the areas of professional development and community outreach.
The Faith leadership team strives to provide an environment that allows people of all faiths to participate in meaningful ways without exclusionary practices or divisions. We support everyone’s desire to seek and share their beliefs. There are several programs that the Faith group has created to cultivate our mission. 
  • Life Lessons Over Lunch (LLOL): A bi-weekly video series to share content related to personal growth and relationships in the workplace. The video series is typically broken down into 4 segments with local study groups meeting on the off week to discuss. This past year we viewed “Bad Blood,” a lesson on forgiveness, and we are currently studying “Killin' It,” a lesson on the negative impacts of selfish pride. We invite participants to bring their lunch and join together in a conference room for the videos.
  • Global Prayer: Another very unique and inspirational program is a Global weekly Prayer meeting. We invite team members around the globe to join a conference line and submit requests for prayer. We are blessed to have a strong set of prayer warriors that lift up and touch the hearts of those in need.
As with all ERG’s, the Faith group has a large presence in the community. We provide our time and talents to worthy causes and contribute donations to local food banks and charities.

Baby Shower for Needy Newborns (Pennsylvania Chapter)
Operation Warm Coat (North Carolina Chapter)
Dell EMC Employee Resource Groups are a tremendous opportunity for team members to belong to a like-minded set of individuals and harness this power for creating a Legacy of Good.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Grand Opening at Vista Station!

The Dell EMC Utah building at Draper City's Vista Station has officially opened! We had a wonderful ribbon-cutting ceremony with several attendees, including:
Here are some key points from the remarks made by our executives:
Here are some key points from the remarks made by Governor Herbert:
  • Utah is one of the top states in the nation for IT jobs with a base of more than 65,000 people across approximately 4,000 companies
  • Utah ranks #2 in the nation for tech job growth with an annual growth rate of almost 6%
  • Utah’s “Silicon Slopes” has garnered national attention from USA Today, CNBC, TechCrunch, Fast Company and other major media outlets
  • The partnership with Dell EMC is very strong and productive
Not only did we celebrate the entire building, but we also inaugurated a new Global Command Center for our Virtustream business. Finally, I was very pleased to announce that our new building is LEED Silver certified and powered by 100% renewable energy.

After the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, remarks and tours, we had a fun employee appreciation celebration that included, food, music, magic, and more. It was a great event! Here are a few pictures . . .

13197 South Frontrunner Blvd., Draper UT 84020
Here is the ribbon before we cut it
Here is the ribbon-cutting crew with me, Howard, the Governor & Mayor at center
The ribbon is cut!
Crowds entering the building for formal remarks & tours
Governor Herbert on stage
Audience listening to Gov. Herbert
The original SiliconSloper & Dell EMC Utah leader
Lobby with gifts for customers & VIP's
A personalized tour for the Governor
Part of the organizing team that helped make things run safely & smoothly 
The old EMC flag which everyone signed before being deposited into our time capsule
The team member appreciation party after all of the formalities