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How Veterans Can Use the GI Bill to Advance Their Careers

July4 Aaron DumbrowAaron Dumbrow is a Senior Systems Engineer in VMware Healthcare. He is an Army veteran who now works from a home office in Oregon.

“Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.”
― Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment,
101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

Our nations’ veterans put their lives on hold, sacrificing what they want to protect the ideals of freedom and justice. For many of us who have served, we look back at this time as some of the greatest times of our lives. When we transition from military to a civilian career, many of us are highly successful because of exceptional leadership, values, and the benefits we earned while we served.

Traditionally, the GI Bill is used for attendance at a four-year college or university. For so many of our veterans, skills obtained prior to or during military service more effectively transition to trade schools or a certification in their field. Unfortunately, for many of our veterans, the benefits they have sacrificed so much for go unused because they do nograduation Aaron Dunbrowt attend a community college or a four-year university, or simply don’t understand how the benefits can be used. The GI Bill covers a number of technical and vocational programs as well as high-tech training, licensing and certifications, including VMware certifications.

Leaving the Army and transitioning to college was an incredibly difficult decision. While I qualified for vocational rehabilitation, the VA counselor would not sign off on my request to go into the IT field. It was 2003, the tech bubble was still a painful memory, and the industry was still recovering. I was adamant that I wanted to be in the high tech field, so I took my GI Bill, and worked my way through college supporting my family while attending school in the evening. As it turns out, that was the best choice I could have made. The GI Bill enabled me to move my career to the next level, and more importantly, instilled a desire to learn constantly through formal and informal methods.

For many of our nation’s veterans, the transition from military life is more challenging than the battlefield. Many have spent much of their adult life following orders, wearing a uniform, and often working in a field, which may not translate to civilian life. Adjusting to a trade or an office setting requires education, and a shift in focus. Even when transitioning from a military to civilian career within the same field, education coupled with experience makes t0045 Aaron Dubrowhe veteran stand out above their peers.

As a veteran and a VMware employee, I am proud to announce that VMware certifications and training are covered by the GI Bill. This will allow those who have sacrificed so much an opportunity to be successful in their civilian career transitions, keeping current with rapidly changing technologies.

The process requires that you apply through the Department of VA Online Application portal, or contact them directly for the application. The details of the application process can be found on the VA website.VMware certifications are broken into several categories covering Datacenter Virtualization, Cloud Management and Automation, Network Virtualization, and Desktop and Mobility. Each category has four levels ranging from Associate to Design Expert. The table above shows the breakdown of certifications. More information can be found on the VMware Certification website.

Holding a number of technical certifications, I have always looked at my VMware certifications as the most valuable, simply because I see this as the future of our industry.

We are grateful for those who are willing to sacrifice for us, to enable us to build our lives, our families, and our livelihood. Without our nation’s veterans, our story would be so much different, and we owe them more than we can repay. Helping our veterans use the benefits they have earned is something we should all do with pride, giving them a hand so they can grow their post-military careers successfully in whatever direction they choose.

–Aaron Dumbrow

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VMware Certification Portal: http://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/certification/?ui=www_edu

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Defining Communities, Redefining Myself: An Intern’s Take on Giving Back through Service Learning

Aadi2Aditya Gorantala, who prefers to be called Aadi, is a full-time MBA student at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He currently works as a Partner Compliance Analyst Intern from the VMware Austin, Texas office.

One of the most important lessons I learned in business school is to work at a place where your personal values resonate. I grew up learninAadi3g to give back to those who haven’t been lucky. Helping others gives an instant dose of contentment and empowerment to your daily life. Beginning at VMware, I presumed that I would have limited opportunities to volunteer due to the length of my summer internship.

Instead, I discovered that through the VMware Foundation full-time employees and interns alike can spend 40 service learning hours in their communities. The choice of charity is completely up to the individual. This excited me, and I began to search for volunteer opportunities. Then, a surprise was in store – one of my fellow interns suggested a day at the Austin Animal Center caring for the dogs and cats.

I was scared of pets back in my home country of India, so it took awhile before I decided to sign up. As the day arrived and the group of 10 VMware employees met at the Center, I challenged myself to overcome my fear of these four-legged wonders. We walked countless dogs that otherwise would be stuck in the kennel during the humid Austin afternoon. In no time, I was comfortable with my newfound, furry friends.

Looking back, did I make a change to the community? The number of people thanking us as we left the Austin Animal Center made it understood that our contribution was substantial. It’s true that a little help goes a long way.

It’s a matter of perspective — the benefit to me was learning something new. In providing service for others, I conquered my fear, networked with new friends, and obtained a greater understanding of the problems in our community and how I could give back. Above all, it was fun.

I can’t believe I am paid to do this, and more. This realization is a big deal because, for once, I have found a place where my personal values align with the business’s values. That place is VMware!

— Aadi Gorantala

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VMware Interns Networking All Over the World

Andrei1Andrei Mario Dinu recently finished his second year at the University Politehnica of Bucharest, where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a Member of Technical Staff Intern working in VMware’s Sofia, Bulgaria office. For more on Andrei’s experience, follow him via twitter handle @dinuand.

The first time I heard of VMware was during my freshman year at the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), in a course called “Operating System Usage.” UPB is one of the top universities, and best in Computer Science and Engineering in my home country of Romania. I remember working on a homework assignment using VMware Workstation and playing with virtual machines. For the first time, I was familiarizing myself with virtualization. I realized that programming and I would be very good friends. In addition to my internal passion, my teachers, family, and friends inspired me to continuously follow my dreams and passion for technology.

It was this support system that sparked the interest in VMware that eventually progressed into my current internship. UPB has a program that exists exclusively to match up students with summer internships. Many of my fellow classmates are happy to share their experiences and refer others to companies they have interned with. In my case, I took advantage of both opportunities. Impressed by a former Romanian VMware intern who told me about his progress and experience, I also wanted to do something meaningful during the summer. So, joining VMware as an intern for 13 weeks was the perfect deal!

I’m so glad to be part of an awesome VMware community in Sofia! I trust my coworkers because when I’m facing an obstacle, they always give help and advice. More than anything else, I enjoyAndrei3 the highest level of transparency in everything my colleagues or I do. They want me to be successful, so the whole team can be successful. It’s also very fun working here. We have beer bashes every Thursday — everybody gets together, cools off with a beer, and shares stories of the week that’s passed. Sometimes, coworkers challenge each other to solve problems as fast as possible (We are geeks, so we enjoy this).

Internships are one of the coolest things you can do in your life, especially as a young professional entering the tech field. The interns are respected at VMware in whichever location they may be working from. The experience might differ between locale, but not that much. At VMware sites all over the world, the interns are simply dabbling with magic in a highly productive environment!

–Andrei Mario Dinu

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VMware Summer Internship Program Recap

Shawn Sigona1Shawn Sigona is the Global Intern Program Manager at VMware. Although based at Palo Alto headquarters, he strives to progress the global internship program and ensures that each intern has the best experience possible.

This year, we had over 450 interns in 35 offices, globally! Though our interns work from far and wide, in locales such as China and Bulgaria, the bulk of our summer interns are from the Americas region. In the US alone, there are 265 interns!

To kick off our summer, each location had its own intern welcome event. Headquarters in PaloShawnSigona6 Alto hosted a scavenger hunt across our 105 acre campus! While participating, our interns learned fun facts about VMware and familiarized themselves with important landmarks they would need to know to get around. These welcome events empower interns to engage with each other and the VMware community.

On the subject of community, the Internship Program empowers interns to engage with their local community as well. Through the VMware Foundation, all VMware employees receive Service Learning paid time off to donate their time to a charitable cause — interns are also encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful benefit. In our Cambridge, Massachusetts office, our ShawnSigona3interns donated their time to the local Boys and Girls Club that sorely needed attention. The Cambridge interns spent half the day organizing the local community center. In Palo Alto, the interns donated half a day to Hidden Villa, a local non-profit farm that donates a portion of the organic, sustainable crops they grow to feed families in need of healthy food. In total, the interns logged over 170 hours of service!

Throughout the summer, our interns were empowered to attend events where Sr. Leadership, C-level executives, and Principal Researchers spoke about various topics, ranging from how they ended up in their current position to highly technical research. This level of executive leadership engagement encouraged our interns to ask questions and be fearless leaders.

At the end of summer, each intern had the opportunity to present their summer’s work to the greater VMware community. For the interns in Cambridge and Palo Alto, we hosted a science fair-type event called the “Intern Poster Session”. We had several hundred people in attendance who voted on their favorite project. This was the first time non-technical interns participated in the Intern Poster Session and the MBA Finance interns rose to the challenge, winning the grand prize – an all-expense paid trip to VMworld!

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The End of Summer Celebration is the ceremonious farewell to our summer intern group. In Cambridge, MA the interns went to a 3-story Boston bowling alley. The Austin, TX interns enjoyed a day of golf at Top Golf. Our Palo Alto, CA interns went on a guided stroll through the botanical gardens in San Francisco followed by an afternoon of exploring the California Academy of Sciences. It’s always bittersweet to celebrate our interns’ accomplishments, and then have to say goodbye until next year.

VMware wishes our interns a productive school year ahead. We’ll see you all on campus this fall!

— Shawn Sigona

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VMware’s Women Connecting Women Program Makes Networking Simple

Prachi3Prachi Goyal is in her second month of interning in Finance. She is currently making the most of her time at VMware’s Palo Alto headquarters, and also looks forward to continuing her MBA at University of Texas at Austin in the Fall.  

My first mentor was, unintentionally, my mother. She leads her own life with independence and empowerment. She’s inspired and motivated me through my childhood to present day — encouraging my big dreams and the persistence to achieve them. My belief in mentorship and female empowerment originates from her. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to be mentor and mentee, following in the footsteps of the woman that inspired me.

Purdue University provided me with my first formal mentor. The Electrical Engineering department, as with most technical departments, has an incredibly skewed male-to-female ratio. As a freshman, I struggled to adjust to a new country and culture. The long journey to finding my voice became suddenly smoother with the help of my mentor in the Women in Engineering Program. As a junior, I returned the favor and guided incoming women engineers personally and professionally.

Joining VMware, my goal was to meet people across functions and better understand the company and its culture through those interactions. This goal was advanced by the Women Connecting Women program, which partners each female new hire with a successful female mentor. These mentors volunteer for the opportunity, so they are surely dedicated to inspire and develop the next generation of female professionals. My WCW mentor, Mimi Hills, identified my goal and was proactive in introducing me to the right people and helping grow my network. In addition, I always felt comfortable reaching out to her with both personal and professional issues. My VMware experience would not be the same without my WCW mentor, Mimi.

Prachi Goyal and her mentorThis blog post would be incomplete without mentioning my other VMware mentor – Behrooz Samin. He helped shape my project, and even invested as much time and effort into the project as me. He made sure he was there to help me whenever I hit a roadblock or needed to brainstorm over a challenge. Big thanks to him for dialing in from Hawaii for my final presentation!

I consider myself fortunate to have such supportive mentors at VMware. The mentors provide me with ability to network from day one, and set me up for success. I definitely learned a lot from their mentorship styles and will be able to support my mentees even better when I return to school. I’m sure my journey with Mimi and Behrooz will not end with this internship, but instead will be a guiding force in the next steps of my career!

–Prachi Goyal

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Growth is a Given: Ways the VMware Internship Program Inspires Professional Development

Xiyuan3Xiyuan Liu is in her fourth month of interning on the Network QE Team at VMware’s Beijing office. She is studying Telecommunications at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, with a special interest in the Internet of Things.   

I started as a VMware intern four months ago full of expectation. As those months passed, my internship at VMware has brought reflection on my future career and professional development. I’ve learned many lessons and have grown in many aspects, including professional skills, communication abilities, and attitude towards work and life.

My manager once gave our team members a lesson about “being brave to ask questions after presentations”. This topic is not that common since it seemingly has nothing to do with our daily work. However, its meaning is quite important to me. I have experienced many times, as a speaker and as an audience member, when there are no questions asked during the Q&A portion of a presentation. My manager shared advice on how to ask questions, even when we are afraid our question may be too simple. He encouraged us to be the first to ask. I have to admit this is a shortcoming in Chinese culture, where people are generally conservative and shy. But the lesson made me think a lot, and I have gradually overcome my fear and made my voice heard after presentations.

Daily interactions and bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with my mentor help me improve my professional skills and take advantage of my short internship. She taught me to have a peaceful attitude towards problems encountered at work, reminding me that every problem has its own solution. This new belief makes me more confident and calm when I am puzzled by a problem.

She always tells me that “better” is what we should aspire to. She impresses me with the way she upholds this view and encourages me. This attitude has led me to develop my communication skills. For example, recently I wrote a report about the new features I developed, and she asked me to revise it several times. This editing included improving the format of the email, the pictures inserted, and the titles listed. She notices and cares about every detail. When I compared the final version to the original version of my report, I felt respect and gratitude to my mentor.Xiyuan2

VMware also offers many chances for interns to learn from successful colleagues in our field. The engineers of VMware are willing to share their career stories with interns, which moves me deeply. The common theme between all of them is the passion towards what they have done, what they are doing, and what they are going to do. It is easy to develop this passion when it is demonstrated all around you. Just as the card on my desk says – “PASSION NEVER RESTS”. I hope this three-word sentence will accompany me in my future study and work life.

I have developed a lot as a VMware intern. The reflection on my future career encourages me, and all the lessons learned prepare me to face more challenges.

— Xiyuan Liu

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VMware University Relations Connects With Future Female Innovators

At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive. Today we hear from Alicia on the VMware University Relations team’s outreach initiatives for female interns and future innovators.

 

As another year of UR (University Recruitment) comes to a close, those of us on the VMware University Relations team are now looking forward to welcoming our summer 2013 intern class. We have a ton of great events in store for our interns on-boarding over the next few weeks. We are especially excited for our initiatives around our female interns and future female innovators.

One program that we want to highlight in particular is our WCW (Women Connecting Women) Mentoring Program. The WCW program matches each U.S. – based female intern with another female employee at VMware during her internship. The Mentors may hold roles in similar or vastly different functional areas of VMware in comparison to their Mentees, which helps in offering a unique perspective of life at VMware. Mentors and Mentees usually meet at least once a week in person throughout the summer to connect and catch up on projects, upcoming events and VMware experiences.

In addition, the UR team organizes a few events for WCW members to attend together. This year we’re exited to host a speed networking themed kick-off event in June, which enables members to greatly expand their network. We are also busy planning VMware Foundation Service Learning activities for the WCW group. Last year, our WCW interns had the opportunity to give back to InnVision in Palo Alto, LifeWorks in Austin and Cambridge Women’s Center in Massachusetts. Another event that we are very excited about organizing will be a networking mixer for WCW members and our newly on-boarded female new college graduates who have taken full-time positions with VMware. We’re very exited to introduce these two groups to one another and expect that long-term connections will be developed.

Helping inspire and ignite a passion for technology with future innovators is another initiative that we are proud to support here on the University Relations team. We have just about finalized the details to host a WCW job shadow day in July for Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in IT (BFOIT) at VMware headquarters. During this event, middle school and high school students from BFOIT will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of an intern and full-time employee. They will also be provided with a tour of our expanding Palo Alto campus and will get involved in a panel discussion about careers in tech.

On a related note, VMware is once again looking forward to sponsoring “VMware Day” at the University of Texas, Austin’s First Bytes Summer camp. First Bytes is a one-week residential camp for female high school students in Texas that are interested in studying Computer Science in college and/or pursuing a career in the technology industry. We are currently hard at work on an exercise that we will conduct with the First Bytes students, which will help introduce the concept of a virtual machine.

Lastly, we are also proud sponsors of the MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP) this summer. WTP is a four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students can explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs and team-based projects. Employees from our Cambridge site will be getting involved in activities with WTP participants in July.

Overall, we are extremely excited about being involved in these initiatives, camps and programs. We look forward to sharing these experiences with you further as they unfold. If you will be interning with us this summer, we’re excited to meet you very soon and get you involved in one or more of the highlighted efforts. If you would like to intern with us, we still have a few positions available. Visit our career site here to learn more!

 

Network on!

Alicia Montesa, Sr. University Relations Specialist, VMware

 

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VMware Interns Drive What’s Next Through Meaningful Projects

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to the company every day. Interns make an impact from day one. Matt Wendorf, Technical Recruiter for University Relations shares how interns can bring their innovative ideas to life and professionally develop at VMware through meaningful projects that are driving what’s next in IT.

 

You will not find interns at VMware fetching coffee or answering phones this summer. No, interns from across the globe will find themselves traveling to VMware office sites for the opportunity to work on meaningful projects with tangible business implications. VMware interns are seen as capable extensions of their product engineering teams. These individuals are the future thought leaders in the systems software industry and are highly regarded with such prestige. Many of the 200+ R&D interns that join VMware every summer already come with a proven track record of success, but an internship at VMware will give them the opportunity to take this success to the next level.

It is not surprising to see an intern’s work during a 12-16 week internship show up in a product’s source code. We have products shipping today that still rely upon code created by an intern many, many moons ago. If an intern is looking for the necessary product development experience to compete in the hyper-competitive systems software industry, those skills are often honed during a VMware internship. From design to technical specs to prototype to product, our interns will have the opportunity to master this domain while contributing to the bottom line.

An Intern at VMware might also find themselves in the thick of the software patent application process. These interns will learn what it takes to work alongside their product team and IP lawyers to prepare and submit a patent application. The valuable experience with the challenging and complicated patent application process is also great experience to add to their CVs. There are numerous occasions where an intern knowingly and surprisingly found their name on a VMware patent. This gives the intern’s work incredible visibility both internally and externally.

While some VMware interns are attracted to product engineering projects, other interns are more concerned with research-based internships. VMware has plenty of research-based internship opportunities that go through a rigorous approval process with graduate students in mind. These intern projects tend to be more exploratory and have a larger scope. Our research interns forgo opportunities with prestigious research labs and often come back each summer to intern at VMware. Their intern projects often serve as the foundation for their degree research and thesis. They can also gain special access to invaluable systems and resources not available to all researchers.

Sometimes these interns find themselves rubbing elbows with the top engineers in R&D and working on the most advanced research projects happening within the company. These projects are often forward looking and strategic, but can serve as a foundation for future product roadmaps. Our Horizon Mobile product was essentially created out of a summer internship project. The VMware Horizon Mobile team now boasts more than 20 engineers and a successful position in the mobile virtualization space. A summer internship at VMware can get you in on the ground floor with such product teams.

Research interns also have opportunities to publish papers and submit them to the best technical journals and conferences. Our mentors and managers empower the interns to go above and beyond the original project scope. Not only might an intern’s paper be published in our internal publication, the VMware Technical Journal, but papers could and have been accepted by outside journals, systems software conferences and technical workshops alike.

We on the University Relations team are trying to create an intern program that is conducive to both personal and professional growth. Giving our interns a sense of value through product engineering, publishing, patent applications and advanced research makes VMware one of the most attractive internship opportunities in today’s software industry.

 

Do you want to envision what’s next in IT and for yourself? Learn how you can bring your innovative ideas to life and watch them grow here.

 

Matt Wendorf, Technical Recruiter for University Relations at VMware

 

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An Inside Look at Life as a VMware Business Development Intern

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to VMware every day. Do you want to know what it would be like to walk in their shoes? Let’s find out with the help of Frimley-based Business Development intern Doug Neuhofer as he shares his unique VMware experience!

 

An Inside look according to Doug

Currently I am in my third year at Coventry University studying Marketing. In the United Kingdom (UK), it is common practice for university students to take their third year off to obtain an internship, however this can be difficult to secure due to the current economic climate. During my first semester at university I began researching companies and internship opportunities that I could pursue during my third year internship. I’ve always been interested in the IT industry, so I looked into VMware and other companies in this space. A company that offered growth and professional development while allowing me to work on what I’m most passionate about is important to me. I researched VMware to obtain a better understanding of what they do and where they stand in the market place. To see the innovations that VMware has and continues to bring to the IT industry, even while many companies are cutting back because of the tough economy is truly inspiring.

Being a Business Development Intern at VMware

As a Business Development intern, a majority of my time is spent focusing on strategic products within End-User Computing and Enterprise Management. While my work tasks are always developing, from revenue spread sheets, pipelining and accreditations along with enablement classes, I am given a chance to collaborate cross-functionally within the company and apply my findings from school which is very rewarding.

More recently, I have become the administrator of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Management Claims. This role has allowed me to be involved in the development of a new tool that works with partners across EMEA. This feature is now automated within End User Computing and Enterprise Management. Receiving positive feedback from partners about this feature update and knowing that I have made a positive impact on the business with a feature that is now used within the field gives me great job satisfaction.

While interning at VMware I have been able to connect with other interns at the company. This has been rewarding for me as many of us are in  similar positions. We are new to the business and the IT industry in general. Because of this, when one of us encounters a problem, we are able to help each other out since we all bring different skillsets to the table. This has helped us individually develop within our roles and collectively grow as a team.

Takeaways for Future Interns

Although I am still interning at VMware, I have obtained 5 takeaways to date that I believe can assist future interns. Check them out below:

  1. No matter your field and background, a VMware internship offers growth and learning opportunities that will help you prepare for your first job.
  2. Make a note of everything that you don’t understand. There is a lot of new information coming at you all at once, so write key points and note to refer back to as needed.
  3. You will not understand everything right way and this is ok. It is all a part of growing and developing yourself.
  4. Everyone understands that you are here to learn and contribute. If you have a general question or something specific to a project you’re working on, don’t hesitate to ask. Remember your coworkers are happy to help you.
  5. Create a LinkedIn account, as this is a great social media tool to develop your professional brand and a way to network. You can use LinkedIn to connect with all of your coworkers at VMware too!

-Doug Neuhofer

 

About Doug:

Doug studies marketing at Coventry University and is currently on a 12-month placement in VMware’s Frimley office in the UK, working as a Business Development Intern. Outside of work he enjoys sports both watching and playing football (U.S. Soccer) with friends on the weekends. When he is not playing, he referees as well as trying to keep fit after work in the evenings. He also enjoys going to festivals in the summer such as Reading Festival, and he hopes to attend a few more around the world following his internship.

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Foster. Connect. Support. – Diverse and Dynamic People at VMware

At VMware, we actively attract, engage and celebrate our people from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. By doing so, we foster a culture and environment where great people want to work and thrive long term. In the past year, the VMware University Relations Program has connected with many intelligent people. Learn how this has added to the employee experience and what the team has in store for 2013.

 

It’s hard to believe that the fall university recruitment season will close in just a few short weeks and that the spring season is right around the corner after the new year. Many of the VMware University Relations Team members have just returned back to our offices after traveling from campus to campus and are now hard at work planning unique and creative events and activities on campuses for the spring.

In 2013, we will continue to increase our efforts and bring VMware brand awareness to higher levels at targeted universities. We’ll connect with students through career fairs, Tech Talk sessions and sponsorship opportunities on the university campuses of the top Computer Science programs.

If you’ve been following us the past few months, you’ve noticed that we’ve been dedicated to partnering with numerous female and diversity-related student organizations through our outreach efforts. And now, the progress continues. Recently, on November 28, VMware proudly sponsored our first Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner at our Palo Alto, California headquarters. The unique event brought together 80 “girl geeks” for networking, an incredible dinner and short technical talks giving by a few of our innovative and inspiring women employees.

We also had an amazing experience participating in the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in Baltimore as a corporate sponsor in October and have since, made the decision to also become a sponsor of the GHC in Bangalore, India. Our Bangalore team is very excited to be a part of this inspiring event, joining the momentum already set in the states. And we’re taking our efforts across the pond by sponsoring the BCS Lovelace Colloquium this coming April in the United Kingdom.

Last week I had the opportunity to facilitate a panel discussion entitled, “Building Bridges to Women.” at the MPACE Conference in Salt Lake City. The goal of this session was to share best practices regarding effective ways to establish and maintain relations with women and female-focused student organizations on campus. We’re dedicated to taking an active stand on the topic of equal opportunity and making genuine efforts to increase women representation in the Tech world.

Now on to a few updates related to our upcoming spring events calendar and I’ll warn you…it’s jam-packed with unique events. Throughout January and February, we’ll be organizing events with student organizations such as Women in CS (WiCS), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Association of Computing Machinery –Women (ACM–W) and Women in Software & Hardware (WISH) to host dynamic activities while we’re visiting campuses. These may include networking discussions with female change-makers at VMware during “tea times” or “dessert breaks”, offering resume review sessions, participating in “Evening with Industry” events or sponsoring group monthly meetings and contests/hackathons.

Our team is also psyched to once again sponsor the Out for Undergrad Tech Conference (OUTC) in Silicon Valley in February. We’ll follow this event up with a new conference, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference in Washington D.C. As you can see, once again, if we’re not headed to your individual campus this spring, there are a number of other events you may be able to catch us at. And if not, you can always connect with our team via our social media channels!

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Alicia Montesa, Senior University Relations Specialist

 

 

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