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Dare to Be EPIC2: Chanda Dani

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Chanda Dani

Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Senior Director, Product Marketing

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Passion, because if you have passion, execution, customers and community will follow. It is very important that passion go hand-in-hand with integrity. You should not lose your integrity while trying to do things that you’re extremely passionate about.

Hobbies: I enjoy giving back at my son’s school as a debate club judge, gardening, and spending time with my friends and family. I participated in speech and debate as a student and it helped build my presentation and public speaking skills, which have come in handy throughout my career. I believe such opportunity should be available to all children. Volunteering through my son’s school was easy as they take care of the logistics. I also love to travel, so it’s great that my role at VMware allows me to visit a variety of places within and outside of the United States. I enjoy the food and the history that different parts of the world offer as well.

People might not know: I can bake really well. I enjoy baking as it is easier and faster than regular cooking. My favorite thing to bake is a fruitcake. 

Best quality: I would say that my best qualities are that I can listen and understand. If I’m interacting with someone, I’m generally good at understanding where they’re coming from and what they’re trying to accomplish. This helps me quickly understand a customer’s problem or an internal stakeholder’s challenge as I can come up with solutions that will meet everyone’s needs. Over time, I have realized that things are rarely right or wrong, there are just different perspectives and if you understand them, you can do a really good job.

Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolates.

Inspiration: I’m motivated by my desire to accomplish something and accomplish it well.

#1 passion:  Technology. It lets you be creative and you can design products and be a part initiatives that are helping transform lives.

Career ambition: I would like to take a new product and make it established in the market. I am thankful to VMware, as I am now living this dream already by leading the Product Marketing efforts for VMware’s vSAN product.

Biggest takeaway from receiving the EPIC2 Achievement Award: That the process for awards such as the EPIC2 Achievement Award actually works at VMware. I never expected to receive such an award because I don’t generally receive awards. My greatest insight was that people were truly observing me and understood what I brought to the table. It made me have a greater appreciation for my managers and peers and the VMware culture in general.

Giving Back: I directed my monetary donation* from the VMware Foundation to UNICEF America. I believe that you can impact a life the most during the early stages of an individual’s development. I believe in UNICEF’s charter and global appeal.

 

*Each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners received a monetary donation called a Citizen Philanthropy Investment to direct to the nonprofit of their choice from the VMware Foundation.

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Michelle Mendal

The annual EPIC2 Achievement Award is one way VMware recognizes outstanding members of our workplace community who exemplify our shared EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, and Community – and make VMware a great company to work for. Get to know Michelle Mendal, one of our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners, and discover how her drive to make a positive impact on those around her is fostering a thriving community at VMware.

 

160314_vmware_12570_michelle_mendallMichelle Mendal

Home Office – Massachusetts

Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Community, for sure. Because without community, it’s not a pleasant place to work without that culture, happiness, and sense of camaraderie. It’s not as much fun. So community, for sure. The Field Marketing team that I sit on at VMware, while virtual, makes a concerted effort to celebrate both professional and personal achievements of team members which means a lot to me. The team has so much camaraderie and is always supportive of the millions of questions that I throw their way! 

Hobbies: This one’s easy. I love to spend time with family and friends. I’m sure everyone says that, but I particularly like cooking and hosting family and friends over. I try to cook almost every weekday night. One of my favorite recipes right now are these zucchini turkey burgers. They don’t sound that exciting, but they have a really good dip that goes with them. I also love skiing, exercising and traveling. I grew up skiing and loved it. My husband would say skiing is his number one passion, so needless to say, we go skiing as often as we possibly can. We usually go to Vermont and ski on Stowe or Killington mountain. I’ve also been very fortunate to travel in my life. I actually lived abroad in Madrid for about five months, and spent some time in Greece. One of my best friends is Greek, so we spent time with her family around town. My husband is also Colombian, and we actually just went to Cartagena.

People might not know: I was a national synchronized figure skating champion when I was twelve years old. It’s like synchronized swimming, but on ice. Through ice skating, I learned the meaning of team and what being a good team member means. You can’t achieve anything on your own. Doing it together makes any and all achievements much more special. I’ve definitely taken my learnings about teamwork from ice skating into my work today as a Marketing manager.

Best quality: The ability to get along well with all types of people. I find that that’s really important, especially in my role here at VMware because I collaborate with so many different organizations. From systems engineers, marketing team members, executives, to sales reps, there are so many different people that I interact with on a daily basis. I think I do a good job at building relationships with all of these individuals even though they are all very, very different.

Guilty pleasure: Whether its ice cream or York Peppermint Patties, anything that has mint chocolate chip in it.

Inspiration: I would say improving the lives of people around me. And it can be something little like making light of a situation or just having some sort of positive impact on the individuals around me. That’s what really inspires me. A little can go a long way. Just being friendly and happy.

#1 passion: I am striving for the mastery of the Marketing craft. I am always looking to learn something new and be challenged every day. I want to get a little bit better and improve each day and look back at my career as one in which I became an expert. And because of this expertise, I was able to make an impact on VMware’s growth.

Occupation if money wasn’t an obstacle: I think that I would want to work for a non-profit organization that helps children in need. 

Biggest takeaway from receiving the EPIC2 Achievement Award: That I’m so lucky to work with such smart, motivated and kind individuals. It was amazing how many people reached out and congratulated me because of the award. It was such a good feeling. And the culture at VMware is unlike anything I’ve experienced before at another organization. I remember when I was interviewing for my job, I kept hearing that. People would say, “Oh, the culture here is great. Everyone’s so nice. It’s so fun to work here. It’s such a team environment.” And I was thinking to myself, “You hear that a lot.” But when I actually joined, I realized that it’s true, and it’s really something special.

Giving Back: I chose to direct the funds* from the VMware Foundation as part of the EPIC2 Award towards the Institute for Learning and Development. They are a small organization in Massachusetts that is devoted to helping kids with learning disabilities succeed and build confidence. This organization is near and dear to my heart and I have been working with them for years on their mission to positively change the lives of children.

 

*Each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners received a monetary donation called a Citizen Philanthropy Investment to direct to the nonprofit of their choice from the VMware Foundation.

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Emad Benjamin

The annual EPIC2 Achievement Award is one way VMware recognizes outstanding members of our workplace community who exemplify our shared EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, and Community – and make VMware a great company to work for. Get to know Emad Benjamin, one of our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners, and discover how his integrity and curiosity shape his daily journey.

 

160314_vmware_10503Emad Benjamin

Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

Principal Architect and CTO Ambassador

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Integrity. I think integrity by far is the basis and the foundation of all of the other values because without it what we would do would hold no real value. No meaning. Everything else would crumble without integrity.

Hobbies: I spend time with my family. My wife and two boys. I also like to cook and travel.

People might not know:

  • I’m an avid analyst. I always take the needed time to analyze information. Especially the kind of information we get from customers. Customers will often pose a problem or a challenge they’re having, I then will go away and think about it, sometime for days to come up with a solution. I get them to try the solution, and then, once they try it and I walk away from it I’m actually still thinking about it. Trying to determine “what if…” What if we did this versus something else? What would happen if…? So I tend to have a habit of locking information in for a very long time.
  • I taught myself three other languages (in addition to my native language English) – Assyrian, Greek and Arabic. Assyrian is rooted in Aramaic. It’s a Biblical language. Whenever I get a chance to speak them I do.
  • I love to travel. I like to go to cities that I’ve never been to before. I’m very intrigued by different cultures and I like to know the languages that they use. How the language has inspired their day-to-day life. What kind of cuisines they have. Why the cuisines are such. I like to spend time tracing the language and the cuisine back to the history of the city. Cultures from around the world and why they have developed inspire me.
  • I love cars. My favorite car is not available in the U.S., but I keep pictures and drawings of it. It’s called the Marussia B2 – it’s a sports super car.

Best Quality: I’m a visionary, I would say, but with a pragmatic approach to bringing the vision to practice. I’m always dreaming about the different ways of technology and how it can be applied. I’m also very practical about what can actually be done that is practical and feasible.

Guilty Pleasure: That’s very easy. Chocolate. I like dark chocolate. So much so that people around me don’t believe that I like the 90% cocoa chocolate. And just to keep everyone around me not thinking that I am too crazy, I’ll buy the 75% cocoa just to kind of make them believe that I can keep the guilty pleasure at bay. But I love chocolate.

Inspiration: The challenges and the unique use cases that our customers have inspire me to come to VMware every day. And trying to figure out better solutions for them. That inspires me. But overall, what really drives me are the inspirational leaders that can reach across a divide and unite. Leaders that create peace for humanity. I’m big on that. And what else? I would say my children inspire me too. They always seem to have a unique perspective on technology. And my wife’s continuous support and motivation.

#1 passion: Making technology reliable, straightforward, and simple to use. I think elegant technology is really, really simple to use. And if it’s very simple to use, people will love it and adopt it just like the iPhone.

Occupation if money wasn’t an obstacle: I would like to be one of the the VMware CTOs. I’d love to have that job. I believe spending over 10 years at VMware has given me a unique perspective on the way VMware has grown and matured as a company, and how our customers have evolved with us. I have evolved with our customers and our product lines as they’ve changed over the years. I’ve witnessed the many opportunities and challenges that we’ve had as a company in such a highly competitive marketplace. I’ve seen how we’ve survived and thrived. I believe my ability to understand how the industry reacts to technology trends, and my understanding of the practical approaches of certain technology trends would help carry a CTO-level message.

Biggest takeaway from receiving the EPIC2 Achievement Award: I think receiving the award really demonstrates how VMware cares and goes out of its way to look after and recognize its employees. And not only that, they help out the community by giving back to a nonprofit of winner’s choice. And so, the greatest thing about the award has been the ability to direct a monetary donation to a nonprofit. That was huge for me.

Giving Back: I directed my Citizen Philanthropy investment* from the VMware Foundation to the Assyrian Church of the East and the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization (ACERO)

 

 

*Each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners received a monetary donation called a Citizen Philanthropy Investment to direct to the nonprofit of their choice from the VMware Foundation.

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Silvana Torik

The annual EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way VMware recognizes outstanding members of our workplace community who exemplify our shared values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, and Community – and make VMware a great company to work for. Learn more about one of our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners, Silvana Torik, and discover how her drive to lead an authentic and purpose-filled life is empowering her and the wider community to flourish.

 

160314_VMWare_12287 Silvana Torik

Global Services Senior Director

Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Each of the EPIC2 values are important to me. The combination of the 5 attributes brings balance into my career and life. The one that can be a challenge to bring in on a regular basis is Community. VMware makes it easier. Earlier this year I had the honor of being on the Good Gigs Service Learning Trek to India where we had the opportunity to share our technical knowledge with the teachers who care for 100 girls every year at the Udaan School for Accelerated Learning. The teacher’s goal is to empower young girls, ages 11-14, through education. While all attributes of EPIC2 were lived out every day on the Trek, I also discovered that there was one feeling that tied all of them together: Love. The love that was shared among the VMware people, our three Trek leaders, the school teachers and students was palpable and powerful. It was a profound experience and I will never forget it. When I bring it closer to home, my daily life at VMware, I love the culture at VMware and who I work with. This makes my job easy which translates to execution and results. Working and living with Integrity is how I show up for my colleagues, my customers, the community, and at home. VMware and my personal experiences truly embody EPIC2 values.

Hobbies:

  • I love spending time with my grandchildren. My husband has 13 and I have two of my own. When I was growing up I knew I would be surrounded by children, I just didn’t know how blessed I would be. With grandchildren, I get to relive moments I had raising my own or experience brand new ones…and there are many. It’s so much fun to experience life through their eyes, watch their discoveries, internalize their logic, and experience their innocence. There is nothing more beautiful or sacred.
  • I like to train for and participate in endurance sports. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to sports. Growing up I rode my bike, roller skated, and was on the high school drill team, but I didn’t do any organized sports. In my 30’s, I discovered a love for aerobic-based activity which then led to endurance sports. Last year, I completed a Half Ironman triathlon relay with my kids, followed by a Half Ironman on my own. So much fun! Over the years, I’ve completed bike centuries, marathons, triathlons, and other events. One of my favorites was hiking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim in one day. This was an incredible experience of beauty, micro-climates, hydration, nutrition, fatigue, and teaming. With any of these sports, I like knowing I am physically and mentally strong.   

People might not know: While I am tender-hearted, I also care about doing what is right. If something is not principle-based, I am decisive and will do what needs to be done. Even if it is tough. I learned from watching my father at his job and in his dealings with people. He was fair, principle-based, and he cared deeply.

Inspiration:  It is very important to me who I work with, work for, and what I do. Inspiration comes from the people I work with. At VMware, I get to experience my colleagues being leaders, while being real, funny, and authentic. Individually or as a team, we laugh, work hard, and make things happen. Because of VMware’s culture, I feel that we have a platform to be who we are as individuals. That has inspired me to be more of who I am. When we are who we are, it’s amazing what we can do.    

Best Quality:  I would say self-motivation. I set personal goals, they may be explicit or not. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments was completing my college degree as a single mom while working full-time. It took 16 years and with the support of family and friends, I accomplished this very important and personal goal. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. My family flew in for the graduation, and with my family, friends and kids at my side, we celebrated. It was a big day. Throughout those 16 years, I was also blessed with wonderful leaders and great mentors. 

Guilty pleasure: I like to read novels. I’m currently reading the Outlander series. Yep, I am. I also just love to relax outdoors with my shoes off.

Career ambition:  So this is a hard one for me to share. First, I had to work through it with my husband, followed by lunch with a colleague, and then personally commit to being vulnerable in sharing it here. Throughout my career, I have purposely chosen different career paths and deliberately moved up, moved down, and moved laterally. I’ve gone back and forth between management and individual contributor roles. I moved between companies. Ultimately, what drives my career choices are cultures that connect with who I am. Of course, the job content has to be there too. I came to VMware five years ago. It was the combination of the hiring manager and the energy I experienced on campus while interviewing that brought me here. It’s been a wonderful 5 years at VMware. Frankly, how cool is it to have a career in high tech and be at an innovative company! At this point in my career, I’m ready to say that my next career ambition is to get to the next level, VP. And just as my career as evolved in the past, it will happen when it’s meant to.

Occupation if money wasn’t an obstacle:  It would definitely be working closely with people, coaching and guiding them. Over the years, I feel like I have gained insights and perspectives that could be helpful and useful for others. Trust me, the insights were not always easily learned. I’ve had many leaders, mentors, and friends along the way and I would like to help others. I have a particular interest in empowering women in business. The good news is that I have been involved with VMwomen and am currently involved with the VMinclusion and the Women@VMware POD in Palo Alto. So I am on a path! 

#1 passion: My grandchildren.  

Biggest takeaway from receiving the EPIC2 Achievement Award: It goes back to the love and support across VMware. The day I received the award I was completely caught off guard. My manager flew in to be at the company All Hands when the 2016 winners were announced. Several of my colleagues sat together to celebrate the moment with me. After the announcement, I received heartfelt emails that spoke volumes on the type of people who work at VMware. They are kind and generous. VMware walks and talks EPIC2.    

Giving Back: I directed my Citizen Philanthropy investment* to the Udaan School, located in Hardoi, India. This is where we did our Good Gigs Service Learning Trek. After experiencing first-hand, the school’s mission of empowering girls through education, observing the teacher’s 24×7 commitment, seeing the young girl’s excitement and hope shining in their eyes, I understood how VMware does make a difference. I want that difference to continue.

 

*Each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners received a monetary donation called a Citizen Philanthropy Investment to direct to the nonprofit of their choice from the VMware Foundation.

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Kumar Gaurav

The annual EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way VMware recognizes outstanding members of our company who exemplify our shared values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, and Community – and make VMware a great company to work for. Read on to learn more about one of our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award Winners, Kumar Gaurav, and discover what inspires him to give more each day.

 

160314_VMWare_11733 (1)Kumar Gaurav

Director, R&D

Bangalore, India

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Passion. It is what drives me. Passion and perseverance is what counts, and I think it’s also the reason why VMware has recognized me as a 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winner. My passion helped drive me to lead the first New College Grad Bootcamp at VMware India, while still managing my regular job responsibilities. It was intense, but I saw a need for it, and it made me feel happy and proud to contribute back to our new hires.  

Hobbies: I’m into consumer grade electronics. I make and break . Recently I made Amazon dash buttons. 

People might not know:

  • I run marathons. I still vividly remember the 2013 Corporate 20k run, where each of our team members that participated had a personal best. It was such an inspiring moment for me.
  • When I take off from the office I enjoy going totally offline. I go where there is no phone and internet. Every year I go on an 8-10K trek with a trekking group in the Himalayas. No phone, no internet, and no family. It’s a detox of sorts for me. I enjoy the cold, the snow, the natural beauty, and the simplicity of life with a backpack. What I enjoy most of all is being able to fully focus on living and being in the moment like thinking about where I’m going to place my foot next on the ridge.
  • Before joining VMware, I created two startups, one in hardware electronics in 2004 and the other in the education domain in . These experiences allowed me to fully understand why it is that the team matters more, not the idea that you start with when creating a company.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by the successes of ordinary people. There are many stories from our people here at VMware too, which inspire me. A co-worker of mine named Vaibhav inspires me when it comes to ‘do-what-it-takes’. He is a recent university graduate from the class of 2014. I started out as his coach and mentor, and really admire his focus and dedication. He has really made his mark both within and outside of the company.

Guilty pleasure: Taking work home and spending late nights working against my wife’s wishes.

Career ambition: I would like to do something that benefits the larger community. I think that I am past the age to be a Nobel-aspiring theoretical physicist, and hence now have a more practical ambition of creating a successful tech startup by the time that I finish my career.

Occupation if money wasn’t an obstacle: I would continue to pursue my passion for electronics.

#1 passion: Electronics and math. Both are addictive and I can easily spend countless hours on them without getting bored.  

Biggest takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award: I feel both happy and proud to know that I work for a company that recognizes the contributions of its people from all aspects of the business. The fact that my organization is recognizing me for the work that I’ve done outside of my core project duties tells me a great deal about our workplace culture. It is simply inspiring!

Giving Back: I spoke with multiple colleagues who partner with the VMware Foundation to determine which nonprofit to direct my Citizen Philanthropy investment* towards and decided conclusively on CARE India. Interestingly, this organization was also the partner for VMware’s recent Good Gigs Service Learning Trek in India. My colleague, Arun, gained first-hand experience on this trek and knew the impact they were making in the community. CARE India believes in using monetary gifts to seed long term benefits, which i something I truly feel passionate about.

 

 

*Each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners received a monetary donation called a Citizen Philanthropy Investment to direct to the nonprofit of their choice from the VMware Foundation.

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Anne Daly

At VMware, our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – represent what we stand for as individuals and as a community. They dare us to reach our goals and drive us to create transformative innovations that are shaping the way businesses work. The annual EPIC2Achievement Awards is one way we recognize members of our workforce who bring each of our values to life in ways that inspire our global community to flourish. Learn how 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award Winner, Anne Daly, is making a global impact through her work.

 

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Anne Daly

Indirect Tax Manager

Cork, Ireland

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Passion. I think you need passion to excel at what you do – question why we do things the way we do and see if there is a better solution for our customers. To thrive at your job, I think you need to have passion – you need to like what you do. And to work with other people, you need to show your enthusiasm.

Hobbies: I love cycling, hiking and running. Going to the cinema with friends and family is fun too!

People might not know: 

There is not probably not much people don’t know about me as I am a bit of an open book. 

  • I love to travel – I’ve been all over Europe, traveled to Australia, Japan, Thailand and many parts of the United States. 
  • I’m no chef but I like eating out and trying new cuisines.
  • I grew up on a dairy farm in Ireland and know how to drive a tractor!
  • I grew up in a large family. I have 8 siblings – 2 brothers and 6 sisters.

Inspiration:I love the office environment at VMware and the people that I work with – they’re the friendliest. It is rewarding going into the office every day and working with them. I’m constantly being challenged, and for a young person, it’s great to have a job like that. There is always something new and innovative going on and there are great opportunities, initiatives, etc. to be had at VMware.  

Guilty Pleasure: Shopping. I could shop until I drop.

Career Ambition: My ambition is to progress and diversify through new experiences at VMware. I work in Indirect taxes, but I would love to broaden my knowledge to different aspects of finance.

Occupation If Money Wasn’t an Obstacle: Own my own clothes boutique  

#1 Passion: I’d say cycling. I’ve done a lot of races including the famous Ring of Kerry cycle, so yes, cycling would probably be one of my top passions.

Biggest Takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2Achievement Award:  The biggest insight was seeing what a great team there is at VMware and in particular in Cork. The day Betsy Sutter, VMware’s SVP and Chief People Officer, announced the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners was such a memorable day in my life – I was in awe by the thoughtful messages I received from well-wishers. I feel privileged to be working for such a great organization. 

 

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Dare to Be EPIC2: Dexter Arver

How do values guide your journey? At VMware, our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – guide us in the work we do each day – both as individuals and as a community. The annual EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way we recognize members of our workforce who bring each of our values to life in ways that inspire our global community to flourish. Continue reading to learn a little bit more about how family roots, inspiration to continuously innovate, and the community at VMware, are shaping 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winner, Dexter Arver’s journey to growth.

 

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Name: Dexter Arver

Role: Office of the CTO Manager

Location: Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

VMware Tenure: 10 years

 

 

 

VMware value that means the most to you: Integrity. I feel like if you don’t have integrity, what do you have?

Hobbies: Woodworking, photography, cooking, baking and hiking

People might not know:

  • I grew up on a farm in Korea where we didn’t have any running water. My family moved to the United States when I was 9-years-old.
  • My last name is Arver, but that is not because I have a parent who had Greek roots or anything like that. My last name used to be Kim, just like tons of Korean people. When we were living in Fresno, California we felt like we were being discriminated against, so when we got our U.S. citizenship. My father asked my brother and me to come up with an English version of our name. Kim means gold. We found the Greek prefix, aurum, which means gold, and then determined that we needed a Greek suffix to end it, so we chose vera, which means truth. So that is how my family got the last name Arver. We came up with it from a bunch of Greek words.

Inspiration: I feel very fortunate to have the life that I have. I feel very lucky to have found the people I’ve found, to have found VMware when I found it, and all the opportunities to grow. Because of this I am always trying my best because I would be doing a disservice to everybody who has every helped me out.

Guilty Pleasure: Drinking Coca-Cola made with real Mexican sugar cane

VMware Goal: I’m trying to think of innovation programs to help our engineers come up with the next crazy idea that’s going to make VMware successful.

Career Ambition: I’d like to officially be the Head of Innovation at VMware.

If Money Wasn’t an Obstacle: If money wasn’t an issue, like supporting my parent’s and my wife’s parents, I don’t think I’d be working-working. I think I’d make my wife quit, and then we would take our girls and live in various places around the world.

#1 Passion: I really want to be the best husband ever, and closely following that is being the best father ever.

Biggest Takeaway from receiving the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award: After I received the award, I just realized, because I don’t think about it that often, how many friends I have here and how embedded I am inside VMware, and just how fortunate I am to be surrounded by awesome people.

 

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Celebrating EPIC2 People at VMware

Each year, VMware honors extraordinary employees who contribute to our collective success by living our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – with the EPIC2 Achievement Award. This prestigious global award is a way for our community to recognize a select group of individuals that bring all of our values to life in a way that inspires our global employee community to thrive.

What makes the EPIC2 Achievement Award truly unique is that the winners are nominated by their colleagues and are then selected by the executive leadership team at VMware. In 2015, 343 employee nominations were submitted for the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award. 46 individuals made it to the final round and in January 2016, Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO and Betsy Sutter, Corporate SVP and Chief People Officer, announced the seven individual and team recipients of this highly coveted community award during an internal company-wide meeting._C2C3134_ED

Please join us in congratulating our 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners:

  • Dexter – CTO Programs Manager (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • Anne – Indirect Tax Manager (Cork, Ireland)
  • Kumar – Senior Manager R&D (Bangalore, India)
  • Slivana – Global Services Senior Director (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • Emad – Principal Architect (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • Michelle – Senior Healthcare Marketing Manager (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
  • Chanda – Product Marketing Director (Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.)
  • The Grace Hopper India Team: Pushpalatha, Kavya, Shwetha, Divya, Meera, Lakshmi (Bangalore, India)

To thank the 2016 EPICAchievement Award winners for their contributions to our community, each of them received a custom Vasa cube, a charitable contribution to direct to the nonprofit of their choice, and an executive luncheon to commemorate this meaningful milestone. Over the following weeks we will be shining the light on each of the 2016 EPIC2 Achievement Award winners here on the VMware Careers blog to share more about who they are and how they are daring to be EPIC2.

 

 

 

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How the VMware Community is Harnessing the Power of Human Difference

Daring to take a look at who you are is a powerful journey to go on. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on where you’ve come from, what makes you unique, your strengths, and what you could improve upon. For VMware, 2014 marked a pivotal moment for our workplace community when we committed to being a company that is diverse and inclusive. We are taking our company to the next level by driving systemic culture change for our company and across the tech industry.

The Next Step for VMware: VMinclusion 


Leveraging the learnings and measurable progress of VMwomen, we have embarked on the next step of our journey: creating a broader diversity initiative called VMinclusion. We know that VMinclusion is central to achieving our business goals. As a multinational company we need talent that can compete in and win in every market and seamlessly team across the globe. The VMinclusion goals are in three major areas—culture, accountability and reputation:

1. Culture: Foster and promote a culture that is inclusive of all forms of diversity 

  • Educating managers to disrupt unconscious bias in people processes (like hiring decisions and performance conversations) continues to be a top priority.  With 91% of managers who attend the course reporting taking action to disrupt bias, this focus is making a difference.
  • Encouraging all employees to be their authentic selves is a focus through storytelling and enabling inclusion-focused business resource groups called Power of Difference communities (PODs).
  • Offering a research-based curriculum, DIALOGUE peer mentoring circles, to navigate gender bias in the workplace, advance women’s leadership and advocate for change.

2. Accountability: Relentlessly and continuously improve women’s and underrepresented minorities’ representation 

  • Business leaders have goals to improve representation within their organization and we review metrics in our Op Reviews.
  • Measurement of representation as well as hiring, promotion and retention rates enables us to know what practices work and where we need to improve further.

3. Reputation: Be an employer of choice by driving real business and social outcomes 

  • Inspiring and supporting the community of female and diverse talent in technology in an investment focus for us through efforts such as Women Who Code and the inaugural WT2 (Women Transforming Technology) event, which convened over 3,000 professionals from across Silicon Valley  to discuss how to tackle the lack of gender diversity in the technology industry, participate in growth & development sessions, and create visibility for the next generation of female technology leaders.

Dare to Be Yourself 

As we continue on our journey, we work to continuously affirm our commitment and celebrate our people and all their glorious differences. Storytelling is a powerful engine of culture, and our Dare to Be Yourself series taps this power to connect our people as unique and extraordinary individuals across a diverse global organization.

Over the next few months, we will be sharing authentic leadership stories from the voices of our people across the VMware Careers Site and our other digital channels to show how celebrating our people can inspire the leader within all of us to thrive. Today, we are excited to share our first leadership video in the series featuring Rich Lang, SVP of Human Resources at VMware.

Together, we can harness the power of human difference! Share how you #daretobeyourself and help inspire others to be their authentic selves each day.

 

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Daring to Drive Change for Networking & Security

What inspires you to do what you’ve always dreamed of? For Senior Engineering Manager, Mary Firenze, it is the understanding that her work will help redefine an entire industry. Connect with Mary, and see how the community at VMware empowers her to make a unique mark on Networking & Security.

 

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Name:  Mary Firenze

Role: Senior Engineering Manager, Networking & Security Business Unit

VMware Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Fill in the blank: Dare to Transform Networking.

 

 

The Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU) is a very dynamic, fast changing environment. It combines the ambitiousness of a startup with the market impact of a big player. VMware’s customer sites are growing tremendously, and we’re right there growing with them.

I like solving problems with code because it’s fun to translate a technical problem into a product that people use. As part of the NSX Controller team, I help configure the virtual network. We have a strong team, and I look forward to the new things I learn every day from my coworkers. I work with people who pioneered software defined networking am excited about the new products we have coming. The team is very smart and very nice, so it’s a great place to learn. Our customers love VMware, so the halo effect is great for NSX. They have seen what virtualization can do for them in compute and are eager to do the same for networking.

This is a good time to join the NSBU team because we are changing the way networking works, and you have a chance to help shape what it looks like. My teammates and I are doing for networking what VMware did for physical hardware, and our customers are eager to work with us. It’s a time of great change and it’s a great opportunity to make a difference.

 

 

 

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