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Knowledge Powers Laura Douglas of VMware to Pay it Forward

What empowers you to get things done? At VMware, our people are inspired to drive what’s next for technology and one another in the community because of the belief that knowledge powers change. Connect with Laura, Americas Field Planning Manager, and see how her learnings create opportunity.

 

Laura_Douglas_1Name: Laura Douglas 

Role: Americas Field Planning Manager, Real Estate & Workplace 

Office Location: Colorado Springs, CO

Years at VMware: 4

 

What does paying it forward mean to you?

The truth is, none of us can get through life alone. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the encouragement of my family and peers. I’ve gotten help along the way and have been given opportunities that not everyone has access to. Paying it forward is the act of recognizing what has been done for you and expressing your gratitude by leaving this world with more than you take.

What does the quote, “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” from the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign mean to you?

As cliché as it sounds, knowledge really is power. The more you learn, the more power you have over anything that has been holding you back, whether that is fear, circumstances, etc.Douglas_Photo

How do you instill this value in your child?

My son is 9-months old, and it amazes me how much he has learned in such a short time! We have been reading to him since the day we brought him home (and he likes to play with books, as you can see), which in my opinion is one of the most important things you can do for a child. As he gets older, we plan to introduce him to the importance of giving back by volunteering as a family.

Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?

We’re so proud that Parker’s picture is featured in the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign. I love working for a company that not only encourages citizen philanthropy, but that gives its employees a chance to be involved on a whole new level such as having family members featured in the promotional materials for the summer Service Learning campaign. It’s so fun knowing that his poster is hanging in VMware offices all over the world.

 

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Hands on Learning Empowers Eric Betts of VMware to Give More

VMware people are tinkerers. They harness their curiosity to explore the impossible while bringing to life what’s next in technology. Hear from VMware Staff Program Manager, Eric Betts on how his passion to learn by doing allows him and his family to give more within the community.

 

Eric_Betts_HeadshotName: Eric Betts

Role: Staff Program Manager, Security Certifications & Compliance

Office Location: Palo Alto, CA

Years at VMware: 9

 

 

What does paying it forward mean to you?

DevynBetts-Soldering copyFor me paying it forward means to give back. Over the course of a lifetime people are gifted with the knowledge and skill of others. By taking a break from your normal routine to discover areas where you can make a difference, you are paying forward the gifts that you have received from others. The effort can be large or small, but the important point is to engage and help make someone’s life better. I am fortunate that VMware supports volunteerism through Service Learning. I have volunteered with my daughter’s school, non-profits, and STEM-based organizations. The work can be tiring at times, but I always feel better knowing that my contributions have helped improve lives and the world around me. I have seen others do the same and the collective effort can make a remarkable difference.

What does the quote, “In doing we learn.” mean to you?

BettsKidsAtMakerFare2013George Herbert’s quote focuses attention on the idea that we learn from experience. Not all learning is achieved in a classroom or from a textbook. Some of my greatest learning experiences resulted from real world challenges where there was no set plan. I learned from being hands on, open-minded, being persistent and exploring all options. Just because something doesn’t exist or hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it is impossible, it just means that the method, technique, or technology to bring the idea to life might not exist yet. I love how the “Maker” culture encourages prototyping ideas to invent everything from simple electronics to robots and 3D printers. Being adventurous and a constant learner are critical keys to success and satisfaction.

How do you instill this value in your children?

My wife and I have always encouraged our children to try, explore, and tinker.  There are no wrong answers through this process, only discovery and outcomes.  We’ve reiterated that you won’t know if you like (or dislike) something unless you try it (within reason of course), visit, taste, watch, or touch to experience things in life for yourself. Through this we have developed little “foodies” that cringe at the sight of a children’s menu in restaurants, and instead prefer a bowl of green-lipped mussels to a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. These days our playroom not only has toys, paper, scissors, crayons, rainbow looms and Avengers action heroes, but items such as hot glue guns, wires, duct tape, soldering irons, Lil’bits electronics kits, motors, LEDs, small computers (Arduino/Rasberry Pi), white boards and musical instruments as well. We encourage our children to not just use technology, but also research and understand how the technology works and consider ways to improve, hack, and adapt it for other uses. Anytime they say, “I wish there was something that does …”, we capture the thought and discuss it.Betts_Photo

Please reflect on having your child featured in the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign. What does it mean to you and your family?

It’s been a wonderful experience. With our daughter seated next to her best friend, we’re proud to share the image with their classmates, family, friends and more importantly, share what they were working on when the picture was taken. The Service Learning campaign allowed my daughter to see herself “in action”, it’s a great visual to see what focused concentration looks like and how it has been used to inspire others.

As a parent and an employee, the VMware Service Learning campaign has been a pure blast. Watching the coverage expand from an internal newsletter, to an external campaign has been exciting and fun for our entire family!

 

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Yong Zhao of VMware Welcomes the Impossible to Creatively Power Change

How far will you go to defy the norm and create change? Questions like this are sparked within the VMware community daily. Connect with Yong, Senior Member of Technical Staff at VMware Beijing and learn a little bit more about what inspires him to make the impossible, possible.

 

Yong_Zhao_3Name: Yong Zhao

Role: Senior Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Beijing, China

Years at VMware: 4.5 years

What does paying it forward mean to you?

Paying it forward means that people should do good deeds and help others in daily life as often as he or she can. It is important to spread this principle to others so that we all can work together to make the world a better place.Yong_Zhao_2

What does the quote, “Creativity is an act of defiance.” from the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign mean to you?

Creativity is an act of defiance. It will challenge or break old habitual ways of thinking and behavior patterns. Creativity is also a power to change the world and make the impossible possible.

How do you instill this value in your child?

Yong_Zhao_4I learn and grow with my child and work to be a good friend and trusted advisor for her. I encourage her on her interests and strive to teach her how to be grateful and kind to all those around her because love is spread out on the basis of feeling the love first. With a grateful heart, people will naturally spread love and treat people and things around them with respect and kindness.

Please reflect on having your child featured in the campaign. What does it mean to you and your family? 

My family and I feel very proud and honored to participate in the VMware Foundation’s 2014 summer service learning campaign. It is no doubt that through this activity we have learned a lot and improved greatly. This has been a very meaningful and valuable experience for my family. We always strive to keep the essence of the VMware Foundation: Serve. Learn. Inspire. in our minds.

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VMware’s Dexter Arver Illuminates the Power of Curiosity in Service

What ignites your curiosity to pay it forward and make a difference in the lives of others? Questions like this are sparked at VMware by the wide range of passions that our people bring to life through Service Learning. Connect with Dexter, Supervisor, Web Applications and see how his thirst for learning through service makes a difference in his home and the community.

 

Name: Dexter ArverDexter_family_photo

Role: Supervisor, Web Applications

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 8.85

 

What does “paying it forward” mean to you?

It means taking a step back and realizing how lucky you are to be in the situation you are in. And since the catalyst for your success is luck (i.e. in birth, having great parents, getting your first job, etc.), sharing some of the result of that luck with those less fortunate.

What does the quote, “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” from the VMware Foundation’s Service Learning campaign for employees mean to you? 

How about another question: how can one learn without curiosity?

Being older has made me over-estimate myself to the point that sometimes, I have this attitude that I know everything. I tend to not want to go to some new event or experience because I tell myself that I know what will happen and that its not worth the time and effort. What I’ve found is this intuitive feeling is completely wrong most of the time. This is where my kid really has taught me a lot about being curious and withholding judgment. Because allowing yourself to be curious and to go into things with an open mind will only help you grow and learn as a person.The-Wick-of-Learning

How do you instill this value in your child?

My child is very young, so I don’t really have to do much. She’s always curious about everything. The best I can do is to encourage her to keep asking questions.

Please reflect on having your child featured in the Service Learning campaign advertising. What does it mean to you and your family?

I think having the image featured meant the most to my mother-in-law. She was just so happy and proud.

As for me, I just thank VMware for the opportunity to have my daughter and picture featured in this campaign. Because you know, as a biased parent, I feel that she is the cutest kid in the world and I want to share that sentiment with everyone that ever sees this poster. I mean come on, she’s so cute!!!

 

 

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Pi Day – Celebrating Service with our Community

At VMware, Pi Day is a day we geek out over giving back. Together with our extended community, we celebrated 3.14 with a Service Learning fair, where people built connections with local causes and learned more about how they can contribute back. It was an amazing day – hard to capture in words, so we’re sharing some photos that convey the energetic vibe.

YOU INSPIRE ME

Throughout the day, we invited people to share what inspires them to serve. If you need a boost of inspiration, don’t miss our fun video. It’s guaranteed to make you smile (or whistle)!

WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE ANYTHING

Pi Day speaks to the spirit of community at VMware that recognizes our interconnectedness as citizens of the world. As such, we give back by using our time, talent and skills to create a thriving community together. Our deep gratitude to the nonprofits that joined us on Pi Day and shared ideas for how we all can spark change in our communities.

BIG THINGS HAVE SMALL BEGINNINGS

We want to hear from you. What ignites your passion to serve? Post a comment below or join us on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #iServe.

 

Looking forward to hearing what inspires you!

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Joseph Viegas Literally Shines Light on the Power of Service.

At VMware, our giving is rooted in a concept, called “Citizen Philanthropy,” recognizing that we all have something we can contribute to the community. Hear from Joseph Viegas on the light that sparked his passion to give more.

 

Joseph V's headName: Joseph Viegas

Title: Technical Support Manager, Infrastructure Escalation Engineer team

Office Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Years at VMware: 3

 

How would you describe what you do at VMware?

I lead a team of highly skilled and tenured technical support engineers who diagnose and resolve the most complex issues faced by our customers. As corny as it might sound, I am sometimes reminded of the line from Ghostbusters: “If there is something strange in your neighborhood…If there is something weird and it don’t look good….who you going to call….” Beyond supporting our customers on the phone and online, my team is regularly asked to drop everything and fly out to critical customer sites to ensure that fast effective problem resolutions are delivered along with best-practice plans to avoid future situations. With some of the worlds most critical systems and applications running on VMware software, we take our job very seriously.

In 2013, you participated in a Service Learning activity. Can you share how you contributed back to the community and what you learned through that experience?

In the spring of 2013, I took part in a Service Learning opportunity with Solar Energy International in Costa Rica. The project involved learning about and installing rudimentary solar systems for remote homes in the Costa Rican rain forest. The change that these systems brought about in the lives of the individuals we helped was just astounding.Joseph_Viegas_SL_2

With no local electrical source, families in these remote areas are obligated to charge their cell phones at a charging location in town while a second phone is in use around their homes. Each week a member of the family has to swap out the dead cell phone for the other phone that has been charging in town all week. Our service project allowed us to install a cell phone charger along with the electrical system. The smile on the homeowner’s face when he turned on the lights in his home for the first time was a ‘thank you’ in itself. But the look on his wife’s face when she realized that she did not have to complete the weekly trek into town for the cell phone swap was just priceless. This experience opened my eyes and showed me how people can fundamentally change the way people live their lives.

What advice would you give to people who have the intention to volunteer, but just can’t find the time?

Every little bit helps. Start small and know that opportunities exist everywhere, so what ever you contribute will make a difference. Chat with others when looking for ways to give back. Look at volunteering as food for the soul.

Now in 2014, can you share what’s next for you, your team or VMware?

I am always on the lookout for amazing stories of people doing small things that make a big difference in the lives of others. I recently watched a documentary series entitled, Why Poverty?, that is aimed at getting people to talk about the topic of poverty itself. One film struck a cord with me called Solar Mamas. The work being done by the Barefoot College in Tilonia, a village in the Ajmer district in Rajasthan, India, showed me how much could be achieved with so little.Joseph_Viegas_SL_3

The Solar Mamas project empowers illiterate women from all over the developing world to learn a skill (solar energy in this case) that allows them to go back to their homes and in-turn make a difference in their corner of the world. I was so moved by this documentary that I was inspired to visit the Barefoot College during a recent trip to India. No words can describe the work being done there. Illiterate men and women from all over the world are being taught to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors so that they can make a difference in their villages.

Because of these experiences, my next project is to find a way to get involved with the Barefoot College. Thanks to the support of VMware and the generosity of the VMware Foundation, which empowers employees with 40 paid hours each year to give back, I know that I can. That’s what so awesome about working at VMware – there’s Food (resources and people) for all parts of your professional and personal (soul) development.

 

 

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10 VMware People Embark on a Journey of Service and Return Changed by a Community Inspired to Grow

At VMware, our giving is rooted in a concept, called “Citizen Philanthropy,” recognizing that we all have something we can contribute to the community. Connect with members of the VMware ASEAN Citizen Council, as they share their service learning contribution with GK1World.

 

Group: ASEAN Citizen Council

Purpose: VMware Foundation liaison in South East Asia

Office Location: Singapore, but we enjoy connecting with our offices in the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Years at VMware: Our team has been bringing energy to the business for 3 years!

Favorite quote or motto: “We define development not in terms of money. We define development in terms of restoration of human dignity and quality of life”. – Tony Meloto – Gawad Kalinga Founder

 

How would you describe what the ASEAN Citizen Council does at VMware?

Through the ASEAN Citizen Council, we look to increase engagement and people-led giving initiatives around our region in collaboration with the VMware Foundation. The Academy of Management Journal (2008) discovered that the ‘Opportunity to give increases commitment to a company.’ We want to give that opportunity to our employees and make VMware a great place to learn and grow. Our team brings happiness to the community and to our coworkers through the empowerment of individuals who lead beautiful initiatives that change the world.

What is meaningful about your group’s work?

As a Citizen Council, we get to work on projects that are close to our hearts. We have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with organizations that change the lives of people in our communities – it’s rewarding to be part of that change. The excitement and interest around the VMware Foundation and the work of the Citizen Council from new and tenured employees makes our roles all the more special. The most rewarding aspect about our work is the direct engagement with the communities in which we work and live and being able to bring positive changes to these communities’ lives.

In 2013, you all participated in a Service Learning activity. Can you share how your group contributed back to the community and what everyone learned through that experience?

In July of 2013, 10 VMware employees from our Singapore and Philippines sites embarked on a journey to the Philippines that changed our lives forever. Planning for the trip started about a month in advance. We wanted to leverage the five days that VMware employees are granted each year to contribute something back to a local community in our region. From the beginning, our goal was to live with the community so that we could understand it better and build sustainable things together. After a couple of weeks spent on research, we engaged with GK1World, which is widely known in the Philippines for its philanthropic work. Even though the rainy season was in full swing and with no other dates to choose from, we decided to go for it!

The GK site was 40km south of Manila, had 47 families living there and plans for 160 new houses, a school and communal area. In order for each family to obtain the right to move into one of the homes, they need to spend 1,000 hours working on the overall construction and a total of 2,500 hours of contribution to own it. After reaching 1,000 hours, a family can draw a key from one of the ready built houses to find out which one will belong to them. The model of not knowing which home will be yours helps to make sure everybody is motivated to do quality work while building each of the houses.

Immediately after arrival to the site, we received a warm welcome and got to know our host families over the next five days. Our daily life started with the sunrise when most of the village was waking up. From there we went and retrieved water from the well to take bucket showers, had a quick morning chat with the families through broken English-Tagalog conversations and played with the most adorable kids. After short breakfasts we were ready to work. We aided the construction by mixing cement, plastering, and digging holes for the foundation of the houses. Occupied by hours of sweat and a couple of blisters, we were able to achieve a visible impact through the completion of several floors, walls and the foundation. This could not have been possible without the guidance of several patient local builders.

The first part of each day was concluded with a delicious lunch served in huge amounts. Chicken adobo was one of our favorite meals. During the second part of the day we spent time with the local kids and participated in a variety of activities including crafts, blowing bubbles, balloon fights, kites and playing with balls. One of the biggest attractions was a Polaroid camera that we took with us in a last minute decision. Since there are no mirrors in the village, you could tell from kids’ expressions that for some of them this was the first time to see what they look like. It was simply priceless to witness this moment. Our days were finished with supper and a sharing session during which we could reflect on the daily activities and share our thoughts and emotions experienced during the day.

Throughout our short stay, most of us did not realize how fast we got used to the basic conditions of living and appreciating simple things in life like sharing a meal. We were able to share our happiness and help improve the living conditions, bring hope and smiles to people’s faces. At the same time we realized again how important it is to give back and spend quality time with people around us by working and having fun together. The last day came sooner then most of us expected and by mid Friday we had to say an emotional goodbye or rather ‘see you soon’ since most of us felt like we were at home there and wanted to visit again.

This experience will stay in our hearts and minds for a long time. We would like to thank VMware and Gawad Kalinga for giving us the opportunity to make it happen as well as special thanks to Olga Specjalska for organizing this activity.

What advice would you give to people who have the intention to volunteer, but just can’t find the time?

If you have the intention – just make it happen. There are many different ways in which you can contribute. Our first suggestion would be to plan early. We are all busy and our calendars fill up pretty quickly, but if you plan ahead and commit some time in advance for volunteering you will most likely make it happen. Secondly, if you really can’t find time, you can choose projects that would allow you to contribute in a different form – researching, preparing communications, getting supporters for an idea or donating items. Another option is to enable organizations that are already doing a great job on the ground through donations. If you really don’t have any time to volunteer, making a monetary donation is a great way to enable other’s to spend time on hands-on activities.

Now in 2014, can you share what’s next for you, your team or VMware?

We want to bring communities together and showcase the value that virtualization can give to the world.

 

 

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Betsy Sutter, SVP of People, VMware, takes a look back to prepare for the year ahead. Learn about her dynamic journey and how people are core to her cause.

I recently connected with Betsy Sutter, SVP of People at VMware, and learned about her dynamic journey since the early days of VMware to present.

My conversation with Betsy left me looking forward to what’s next for the company, technology and our people. Read on to learn more.

How would you describe what you do at VMware? 


I believe that people flourish and do their best work in an environment where there is choice and flexibility. As we continue this journey, the work landscape is becoming more mobile, hybrid, and complex. My role is to lead, advocate and support meaningful, seamless and integrated employee experiences that make sense in this new world. VMware is about creating a culture where talented people thrive in being part of what’s next, together – and have fun while making an impact.

I am also on the Board of the VMware Foundation – something I am very proud of because the work of the Foundation reflects how we are all connected and that building a thriving community together depends on the collective contributions of our incredible people through citizen philanthropy. Celebrating ‘giving back together’ is now a global tradition at VMware and speaks even more to what makes us unique. During our Gratitude campaign in December, VMware people were encouraged to express themselves on gratitude walls, learn about the science of gratitude with leading researcher in the field with Dr. Emmons and recognize each other during the holidays and beyond. It was a great time for us to come together and expand the spirit of community.

I’m seeing some fun posts by employees in the theme of being “Architects of What’s Next”. How did you complete your fill-in-the-blank mug — What’s next?

I love the Architects of What’s Next campaign. It speaks to me of how I think of VMware, in our desire to live on the bleeding edge of innovation and our ability to be the most creative and imaginative game in town. My mug says, “CARING about WHAT’S NEXT!” If you want to better understand how deeply I care, come and talk to me.

You’ve seen a lot and navigated the people aspect of VMware for more than a decade. If possible, can you choose one memorable moment to share with us?

I can remember being on a business trip to Cork, Ireland in September 2011 when the extension of the campus and the opening of “Behan House” was taking place. There were distinguished guests such as the Minister for Jobs, the Cork County Mayor, and our own Maurizio Carli in attendance while John Dolan and team hosted the day – which included a ton of press and media analysts! It was all very exciting. And being able to watch and participate in our Ireland employee’s celebration of VMware’s fantastic story of success and growth in Cork was wonderful. But it was the graciousness, passion, and pride each and every employee had about both the milestone and the day that made a huge and memorable imprint on me.

I also have a wonderful memory of being able to attend the VMware Shanghai R&D Center’s first Charity Day in October 2012. The employees and the Foundation team were establishing an annual event to encourage all the employees to learn from and interact with external NGOs and charities. The employees were encouraged to bring families, kids and friends to the Charity Fair. I was inspired by the amount of energy, the incredible interest, participation and passion that exuded that day. It further validated the importance of the VMware Foundation’s unique approach and that it is appreciated by our people around the world.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I love long-distance running. And I passionately enjoy marathons. What I like most is the preparation and strategy required – both in mind and body. I usually over-prepare by pacing myself at the beginning and finishing strong at the end. Marathon running has taught me the importance of preparation, endurance and having strong follow-through. I take this approach throughout my personal and professional life too. Recently, I completed a run with my daughter. It was such a great feeling to do it with my family!

Do you have a thought leader or person you admire in your field or industry? Who and why?

I continue to admire Diane Greene who was one of the founders and first CEO of VMware. She was fierce about building great technology and a strong culture – and she did it. VMware’s culture continues today because of the strong and connected underpinnings Diane put in place. She grew the business to $0 to $1b and I am not aware of any other founder female CEO who has done that. She was courageous and independent in her thinking and her choices. And while she had a strong exterior, she was thoughtful and generous with things she cared deeply about. She showed me what it meant to stay true to one’s own guiding principles, the importance of being self-aware, not to be afraid to tackle really thorny problems (like entrenched mindsets and fierce competitors) and to think broadly, systemically, comprehensive and differently about the things one does.

You’ve been here almost from the beginning of VMware! How has VMware changed and grown? What remains the same?

I have been here a long time – since there were 150 employees! As I look back, and look forward, it’s clear to me that our values provide the foundation for our success. What remains the same about VMware is that HOW we do our work is as important as WHAT we do. This shows up in our values, which we recently refreshed. We wanted to ensure that they would help us shape the next decade of leadership so we engaged our employees and leaders in dialogue. It was great to get everyone involved and hear especially from our most passionate advocates.

As I think about our values – execution, passion, integrity, customers and community – the one that has grown and evolved is community. When I think of community, I’m also considering how our ever-changing world evolves. Our new world delivers the opportunity to readily harness the energy and input of our talented employees through global, mobile and social ways. For example, we use our own internal social network on Socialcast frequently to gather comments, have conversation and share news. Whether it is Socialcast or some other means, we seek dialog that is interactive, real time and holistic – one that embraces community.

“Architects of What’s Next” is about our talented community of people – what fuels them and why they are driven to make an impact. It’s about valuing our people today and attracting the talent of the future. As we kick off the New Year, can you share what’s next for you at VMware?

I am more excited about this lap of VMware’s journey than I have ever been before. It is a more complex, more challenging and honestly, a more interesting time in the industry. We have world-class talent at every level in the company and we are more focused on executing at a higher level. I really love having to raise my game. And developing people strategies and creating programs and platforms for our employees that also help differentiate us as a company, is a passion of mine. I know that together we are going to accomplish more greatness and continue to lead the industry in 2014.

 

Hats off to a new year! Let’s all work together to architect what’s next.

Price Smith

 

 

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VMware Employees Close Out 2013 with Gratitude and Reflection

At VMware, our giving is rooted in a concept, we call “Citizen Philanthropy,” recognizing that we all have something that we can contribute to the Community.

Now an annual tradition, the VMware Foundation celebrates the holidays through Giving Back Together. This year, in the spirit of EPIC2, VMware’s core values, we are focusing on the Community dimension by sharing opportunities with our people to give more by recognizing what we have and appreciating each other.

Over the past six weeks, the VMware Foundation has been sharing fun ways for VMware people to give more; including:

  • Virtual Gratitude Wall on VMware Link, VMware’s internal social network powered by Socialcast
  • Physical Gratitude Walls in VMware office sites around the world
  • Airplane Thank You Notes

Trisha Amescua, Staffing Coordinator and member of the Austin Citizen Council shared, “Being a part of such a giving community of colleagues is a complete blessing in itself. I have enjoyed being involved in the Gratitude Campaign and watching so many VMware people share their thoughts, thanks and appreciation. Joining together in this has shown how much VMware as a whole is truly involved with not only each employee, but in the community locally, as well as globally. I look forward to many more opportunities to share and get everyone involved.”

We also hosted, leading researcher, Dr. Robert Emmons to share ways that we can cultivate gratitude in our lives. You can join us by keeping a gratitude journal, or just giving a simple handwritten note to someone you appreciate.

As we continue the holiday season, we leave you with this reflection:

“Feeling gratitude but not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

 

-Jessamine Chin

About Jesssa: Jessa is the Sr. Corporate Citizenship Manager for the VMware Foundation. She works out of VMware headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

 

 

 

 

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Paying It Forward: A VMware Employee’s Journey to Growth Through Giving Back

At VMware, our giving is rooted in a concept, called “Citizen Philanthropy,” recognizing that we all have something we can contribute to the community. Connect with Mark Schmidt, Manager for the Global Support Services Team, as he shares his service learning contribution with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and hear the inspiring lessons he gained through service.

  

Name: Mark Schmidt

Title: Manager, Global Support Services

Office Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Years at VMware: 1.75

Favorite quote or motto: “Work smarter, not harder” 

 

How would you describe what you do at VMware?

As a support manager at VMware, I am responsible for a team of engineers who provide world-class business-to-business support to some of the most recognized companies in the world. As a team, we support customers who have moved into the virtualization and cloud realms as an extension and partner to their business.

What about your work is meaningful to you?

Being able to successfully deliver results through others, motivating a team of people to deliver unparalleled industry leading support in business critical situations, and having the ability to make a difference to businesses across multiple industries globally.

At VMware, we celebrate the holidays through Giving Back Together. What does that phrase mean to you?

Being as fortunate as we are, working for such a great company that gives us time to give back to our communities, it’s important to share our stories and inspire others to do the same. Working as a team for worthy causes is a great way to spend time, especially over the holidays.

This year, you participated in a Service Learning activity. Can you share how you contributed back to the community and what you learned through that experience?

It was with great pleasure that I spent a week at a camp for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. That week I facilitated activities such as skiing, tubing and sailing for people with visual impairments. After spending a week with the campers I realized that they faced daily challenges; some that seemed impossible to me. However, each and every one of them persevered and adapted in ways that allowed them to accomplish their goals. They never gave up and in many ways, saw the world in a way many of us ever get to. I went to camp that week thinking I was going to help someone see the word; instead, they helped me change the way I see mine.

What advice would you give to people who have the intention to volunteer, but just can’t find the time?

Take stock of what you’ve done over the last month. Then ask yourself, was any of it as important as helping someone in need? Pay forward before you pay yourself.

As the year is coming to an end, can you share what’s next for you, your team or VMware?

I look forward to another exciting year of working with great people on complex issues; learning from those around me and sharing what I know with them.

 

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