The VMware Women Connecting Women program (VWCW) is designed to provide our female interns and co-ops with the opportunity to gain mentorship, leadership, and networking skills and expand their personal and professional network. Our hope is that the program will provide an additional resource and support for our interns during the course of their time with VMware. We are excited to have the program, now in its third year, expand to other global VMware sites such as China and India.
To kick off VWCW’s summer 2015 events in the United States (U.S.), our mentors and mentees gather for a fantastic breakfast at our Palo Alto, Austin, and Cambridge sites to learn more about VMware’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and what the mentor-mentee relationship entails. Betsy Sutter, Chief People Officer, welcomed our new class of mentors and mentees in Palo Alto, and Amber Boyle, Global Lead for VMwomen, conducted a Q&A on VMware’s VMwomen efforts. The breakfast concluded with Mimi Hills, Product Globalization Director, sharing her principles on mentorship.
In China, our VWCW program kickoff was a joint effort with the VMware China WIT (Women in Technology) program. Yanbing Li, Vice President and General Manager for Storage and Availability, and Helen Yang, Director of Human Resources, shared their experiences and tips for successful mentorship.
We also conducted a career development workshop, entitled Dream Big, Set Goals, and Take Action. At the workshop, our mentees learned practical ideas and strategies around personal branding, networking, setting career path, and the importance of building one’s communication skills.
Additional highlights of the U.S. program included our paint night event at VMware Headquarters. Paint night was a fun way for our VWCW members to hang out and discuss backgrounds and interests with other interns and mentors.
As many of our interns in the U.S. headed back to school at the end of August, our VWCW Program in the U.S. was concluded with a teatime luncheon in Palo Alto.
Many of our China and India interns are still on campus as the duration of their internship extends beyond a three-month period like most internships in the United States. VMware India will be participating in the upcoming Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India and will conclude the 2015 Women Connecting Women Program with a high tea in December.
It has been inspiring to see the camaraderie among the VWCW mentors and mentees across our global sites. We know that many have built relationships that will last beyond their internships at VMware.
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