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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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VMware’s Felicia Jadczak Makes an Impact While Letting Her True Self Shine

At VMware, we celebrate the diversity of our people. Our unique characteristics and perspectives make the impossible, possible. Connect with Felicia Jadczak, Staff Program Manager, and learn a little bit more about how she thrives with the support of the VMware community. 

 

Felicia_Photo_LastName: Felicia Jadczak

Role: Staff Program Manager

Office Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Years at VMware: 4

 

How does VMware’s culture help you to succeed while making an impact?

I’ve been partially deaf all my life. I started wearing a hearing aid (in one ear) at age seven, and recently switched to wearing hearing aids in both ears last year. All my life I’ve had to struggle with misunderstandings, curious gazes, and impolite questions (‘what’s in your ear?’). I avoided speaking on the phone for many years, because it was that much harder to understand what the person on the other end of the line was saying, without being able to see their lips moving. In school I sat at the front of the room, always. I’ve gotten used to needing to take extra hearing aid batteries with me everywhere I go.

I don’t see myself as disabled. My hearing loss is just part of what makes up who I am. However, sometimes I need to admit that there are things that I need help with or things that I do differently, especially in a professional work environment.

VMware’s values and culture support people who get things done, with passion and integrity. This has made me feel supported from the standpoint that I may not always be physically able to understand what is going on in a videoconference or conference call, but I know that my colleagues respect me for my work and as a member of the team—even if I have to keep asking them to repeat what they just said! There is a super supportive community here and I feel very included and valued.

VMware has allowed me to make an impact by letting me be myself, and encouraging me to celebrate who I am as part of what makes me a great employee. I have been known to overuse the smiley face emoticon, I dress up to go to the office, I geek out over cute redheads, I use internal tools such as Socialcast to effectively communicate with co-workers across different time zones and geographies, I dye my hair with crazy colors and I don’t bother with trying to hide my hearing aids because I know they won’t change anyone’s opinion of who I am—a (stellar) VMware employee.

 

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VMware’s Flexible Work Environment Empowers Victoria Reddington to Get Things Done

At VMware, we foster an open culture that supports the well-being and success of our people. Hear from Victoria Reddington, Desktop Partner Director, EMEA on how the flexible work environment at VMware inspires her to forge change.

 

Victoria_Reddington_PhotoName: Victoria Reddington

Role: Desktop Partner Director, EMEA

Office Location: Frimley, United Kingdom

 Years at VMware: 4

 

How does VMware’s culture help you to succeed?

VMware empowers me to succeed because of the flexibility that I’m given to get my job done while also looking after my family. I am currently working two and half days a week after having recently returned from maternity leave, and will return full time (with flexibility) later this year. 

How has VMware assisted you in making an impact?

I am responsible for helping guide VMware’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Partner organization in the right direction while bringing new solutions into the organization. VMware’s culture supports growth and development, and it’s because of this that I’m able to support the Partner team’s career development through programs such as Partner Manager Boot Camp. My team is highly motivated to ensure that the right partners are empowered with the resources to take our new solutions to market, which is no easy feat, I can tell you. VMware’s open and honest culture has given me and my team tremendous confidence to speak up where we need to make improvements and seeing them realized is extremely satisfying.

 

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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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