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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.


Learn more about VMinclusion on the RADIUS blog