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Stories of Who We Are – Eduardo Guillen

Every person has a unique story to tell. Stories about what motivates us and what inspires us are reflections of who we are. Stories of Who We Are takes a closer look at the people in the VMware community by featuring portraits and compelling narratives from the perspectives of our diverse employees from all across the globe.

Eduardo Guillen

Senior Manager Internal Audit

Heredia, Costa Rica

“I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009, and later found out that my liver and peritoneal nodes were also affected. After my diagnosis, I made a decision I would not die from cancer. It was a very positive mindset to have, but also a very egocentric and arrogant one. You can’t decide these things on your own, and you can’t fight alone. A year earlier I saw how my mother overcame her own cancer, so she was my role model helping me to overcome mine. Also, my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) decided to support me unconditionally. I immediately started to experience the terrible secondary effects of the treatment, a very strong chemotherapy, and after another 8 months of treatment, I received notice that the tumor in my liver was still there and I had to get surgery. The day I went in, they told me they didn’t need to perform the surgery because the tumor had disappeared. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

I had only one dream in my life and that was to be a dad. Unfortunately, because of the chemo treatment I became sterile however I never lost faith in achieving that dream. I was sure I would be a dad in one way or another, and today I have a son of two years, the second miracle of my life. If there is any message to share it is that winners never give up.

At work, I see myself as a business partner who helps teams to achieve their goals. I couldn’t work for a company that isn’t compatible with my values and principles, and VMware is completely compatible with me. When my son grows up and asks dad, what do you do? I’ll say what I do every day is create better lives for people.”

 

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Great Place to Work and Fortune Name VMware One of the Best Workplaces for Giving Back

At VMware, we  recognize that we are all interconnected; our culture of service guides us in all that we do – from transforming technology, to empowering our customers, to supporting our local communities. VMware people are passionate about building a thriving community that upholds our EPIC2 (Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customer, and Community) values.

It’s because of our people that VMware has been named number 14 on the 2018 Best Workplaces for Giving Back by Great Place to Work and Fortune . These Best Workplaces go above and beyond to develop endeavors in giving back that ensure all team members feel they’re making a difference in the world.

The belief that that everyone has something unique to contribute and can make a difference is at the core of Citizen Philanthropy. As such, employee choice in where and how people give is woven into all of our global programs. Through surveys, such as Great Place to Work, VMware people share direct feedback on VMware’s culture of service; 92%  of VMware people agree that they feel good about the ways we contribute to the community. We continually see this reflected in People Magazine’s 50 Companies that Care 2017, Fortune’s 2017 Best Workplaces for Giving Back and now 2018’s recognition.

It’s important to us that VMware people feel empowered to take action and make a difference. VMware people like, Stephanie, VMware Corporate Counsel in Texas, shared how service is “more than learning, it’s living. You come alive through service. You become worthwhile through service. You earn your air.”

And Zach, VMware Staff Engineer in California reflected on his pro bono Service Learning experience: “Working side-by-side with a group of people helps you see things from their perspective, and understanding another person’s perspective is perhaps the most important step towards really learning and understanding; that context can transform information into knowledge.”

This culture of service is the foundation of VMware’s Citizen Philanthropy approach to giving. We are honored by this recognition from VMware people who are catalysts for change in our global community.

 

Visit the VMware Foundation page to learn more about how we are making a difference in our global community.

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Stories of Who We Are – Mariana Ramirez

Every person has a unique story to tell. Stories about what motivates us and what inspires us are reflections of who we are. Stories of Who We Are takes a closer look at the people in the VMware community by featuring portraits and compelling narratives from the perspectives of our diverse employees from all across the globe.

Mariana Ramirez

Senior Manager Partner Support

Heredia, Costa Rica

“I have always been very passionate about giving back to the community, so when I started at VMware it was like Disneyland to me because they promote giving back so well. I took advantage of how VMware programs offer the opportunity to give back to the community while still growing as a professional. So, I attended Good Gigs, a global program in which I helped implement education technology in a township in South Africa. There I led the team that developed the training programs for the implementation of the technology. The team was a group of people I didn’t know, of all different cultures, but we were able to become connected as humans not as co-workers or people of different cultures. We were united by the common thought: “how can we help technology impact education.

I thought I was going there to make a change, but honestly, I didn’t realize how much that experience would change me forever. That experience made me the leader that I am today at work. It gave me a “growth mindset,” which means I learn from my mistakes rather than simply feeling down about them. If I were to give advice to anyone in the professional world, it would be not to underestimate the opportunities you have to keep developing and challenging yourself; never stop learning.

I think to myself sometimes: what would the Mariana starting at VMware in 2014 say about the Mariana today. I would have never guessed how much development and life experience I would have gained from my few years at VMware.”

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