For Dell Veterans, Veterans Day Lasts All Year Long

first_imgVeterans Day has been celebrated at Dell in a myriad of ways over Army Veteran Alejandro Rivas’ 19-year career. Currently he works on the Global Talent Management team in HR, but he’s also worked in other areas of Dell, including manufacturing. Celebrations have been inclusive of all areas of Dell and span the country. They range from ceremonial in nature to supporting programs like the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.“I’ve been involved with Veterans Day celebrations over the last 19 years at Dell, and this was prior to having our employee resource groups,” Rivas (pictured above) said. “We raise the flag at our main building, Round Rock One in Texas, and have guest speakers join us to celebrate.”Veterans Employee Resource Group Program Manager Tina Schroer fondly recalled the 2015 celebration.“We had a local high school band perform,” she said. “The community group did an awesome job with planning the event. The military side and the civilians we work with all pulled together.”Navy Lieutenant Commander Cherry Lynch (pictured below), who works in Dell’s Resolution Expert Center said, “A lot of us come in our uniforms, if we can still fit in them!”Hiring, Supporting VetsAt Dell, however, support for our veterans extends far beyond Veterans Day celebrations.Five years ago, EMC was a founding member of the Veterans Job Mission, a small coalition of 11 leading companies committed to hiring 100,000 Veterans by 2020. It’s snowballed and has resulted in hiring more than 340,000 veterans to date.“As a first step into the whole recruiting realm, it’s just been breathtaking,” said Lou Candiello (pictured below), a Marine veteran who is responsible for military recruiting at Dell.Moreover, both Dell and EMC were active participants in the White House’s Joining Forces program prior to integrating this past August. The company committed to hiring 2,000 veterans between now and 2020. The national initiative, which just celebrated five years, was created to expand employment and career development for veterans and military spouses.“Dell EMC was selected to participate in the Joining Forces anniversary celebration at The White House,” Candiello said. “One of our military spouses actually received recognition from the First Lady, which was wonderful.”Yvonne Neal, Federal Services Program Manager and a military spouse, knows firsthand the support Dell gives to vets and spouses.“I was working for Dell when my husband came up on orders to leave. My manager at the time connected me with a federal manager who said, ‘Do you have a laptop? Do you have a phone? You can work anywhere,’” Neal said. “I moved to that team and I stayed for almost five years.”Paying it forward; vets recruiting vetsCandiello feels veterans are an untapped talent resource and is proud Dell recognizes the value they bring to the workforce. In addition to the active military recruiting process, once hired, there are also numerous programs and employee affinity groups to support veterans.“I think that a big part of supporting veterans within the company is the mentoring process,” Brad Johnson, a Navy veteran who works in Dell EMC’s Federal Division said. “We have some very structured programs to help both mentoring and advancement.”Johnson himself (pictured above) was hired through a Navy referral.“Someone I served with on submarines—and who was familiar with my skills and the way that I worked—said, ‘You know what? You should really look at this organization,’” Johnson said. “I now help hiring managers understand what value they get when they hire a veteran into the company and why these people will be successful. The culture here fits. The work ethic fits. The mission support fits.”Rivas (pictured below) agrees the culture is an excellent fit for veterans. Even after 19 years, he has no intention to go anywhere else and is excited that Dell is continuing to push for hiring more veterans, while creating even more support for those who are on board already.“There’s a huge movement now in Dell with regard to the veteran population,” Rivas said. “We have a lot of ex-military people out in the workforce; how do we get them into Dell and not just that, but—taking it a step further—how do we transition them into Dell?”Dell supports veterans through a number of programs, including employee affinity groups at both the national and local levels. The company is hosting celebrations across the country during the week of Veterans Day 2016. Find out more at;</p><p>last_img read more

Shumlin names Allen, Slota to administration posts

first_imgGovernor-Elect Peter Shumlin announced today that Susan Allen and Bianca Slota will take positions on his Executive Office staff. Allen, who has worked as a reporter, editorial writer, and columnist, and is currently the Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, will be Special Assistant to the Governor with responsibilities that include policy work and communications strategies. Slota, previously a reporter for WCAX television, will serve as press secretary.Allen has worked as a political reporter, editorial writer and columnist at the Burlington Free Press and the Associated Press since transferring to Vermont from USA TODAY in 1986. She hosted Vermont Public Television’s live-format television program “Call the Governor.’ Most recently she worked as a reporter and editor of the Barre Montpelier Times Argus before becoming Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont, a Montpelier-based non-profit organization, in April. She served as former Gov. Howard Dean’s press secretary from 1997 to 2002, and has extensive experience in Vermont state government. Her salary will be $60,000.Slota joined the WCAX news team as a general assignment reporter in 2007, and she anchored the Channel 3 News at 6 and 11 p.m. on Sundays. She also worked at television stations in Alaska after graduating from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to day-to-day press responsibilities, Slota will focus on new media and web-based communications to enable Vermonters to contribute ideas and communicate with state government in new ways. Her salary will be $45,000.last_img read more

Exit of Indonesia’s tech whiz kid is a warning to startups

first_imgYet some of his backers had doubts Zaky was the right person to lead Bukalapak given its current complexity, people familiar with the matter said. That may surprise industry observers for whom Zaky’s name had become synonymous with Indonesian e-commerce. He acquired something akin to folk hero status because, unlike many fellow founders, the self-effacing executive from a Java village made it big without Ivy League degrees or billions from the likes of SoftBank Group Corp.Read also: Bukalapak co-founder Achmad Zaky steps down as CEOHis departure in January sent a signal to Southeast Asia’s largest startups, which unlike Silicon Valley remains largely founder-driven. From Grab’s Anthony Tan and Tan Hooi Ling to Tokopedia’s William Tanuwijaya, they rode a funding boom fueled by a mobile explosion to create some of the world’s largest tech startups. But they also burned enormous amounts of cash in pursuit of growth. Now that economic uncertainty is squeezing funding and WeWork’s epitomized the perils of placing expansion above profitability, the time has come for corporate mavens to take the reins, some argue.“It’s the coming-of-age” of Southeast Asia’s tech scene, said Paul Santos, managing partner at Singapore’s Wavemaker Partners. “It’s the end of an era of unbridled ambition and hopefully the beginning of a period of sustainable growth.” Unlike Uber’s Travis Kalanick, Adam Neumann of WeWork or CBS’s Leslie Moonves (who denied allegations of impropriety), Zaky leaves Bukalapak with his reputation largely intact. He will remain an adviser to Bukalapak while chairing his own foundation to support startups.Born in central Java in 1986 to school teachers, Zaky got his first PC (an Intel 486) from his uncle at the age of 10 — the only one in his village. By the time he got to high school, he was competing in national competitions, and eventually enrolled in the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology. There, he met Nugroho Herucahyono, with whom he started Bukalapak in his dorm room. College friend Fajrin Rasyid left Boston Consulting Group to join them in 2011.By the end of the first year, they’d run out of money and considered throwing in the towel. Then a chance meeting with Japanese venture capitalist Takeshi Ebihara revived the startup (Zaky tagged along with a friend to a meeting.) To his surprise, Ebihara offered to invest in Bukalapak. He also provided early guidance to the founding team.One of the lessons was the importance of control. Zaky was cautious about raising too much money to avoid dilution. While Tokopedia and Grab raised billions, Bukalapak raised less than $500 million from investors including PT Elang Mahkota Teknologi, better known as Emtek, Singaporean sovereign fund GIC Pte and Jack Ma’s Ant Financial.“I want to make sure I have a large stake, like Mark Zuckerberg,” Zaky said in an interview in 2016 at Bukalapak’s offices in Jakarta, decorated with replicas of bird cages to convey the Asian bazaar aesthetic and slogans like “Get Sh*t Done.”Zaky’s and Nadiem’s exits now presage a trend. “‘It’s not about you’,” Nadiem wrote in his farewell email.Read also: Farewell, Gojek: Nadiem’s letter to staff shows high hopes for future of Indonesia, Gojek Achmad Zaky spoke with unusual candor after taking the stage in Jakarta that October afternoon. People stopped chattering and lowered their phones when he began recounting the decade he spent building one of Indonesia’s most successful startups. What none of the hundreds in the cavernous hall knew then: it was his last big public act as chief executive of to the crowd, the 33-year-old self-taught computer whiz was on his way out. After a series of failed experiments and missteps — including an abortive attempt to go toe-to-toe with Alibaba-backed rivals — Zaky had lost his board’s confidence that he could lead a vastly expanded company into its next phase of growth. Just months away from ceding the reins of the $2.5 billion e-commerce outfit he built from the ground up, he spent much of the speech reflecting on his decade-long stewardship.“I’m not smarter than you. My success rate is maybe 10 percent,” he told the now-silent audience. “Back then, I was an engineer focusing on the product,” he added. As the company grew, “I was thinking I have to be a leader.” Zaky is only the second founder-CEO to leave a Southeast Asian unicorn, following Gojek’s Nadiem Makarim, who became Indonesia’s education minister. While the former’s departure seemed sudden, it was the culmination of a gradual separation, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing internal matters.Some of Zaky’s decisions rankled investors. Bukalapak — which means “open a stall” — succeeded by becoming the go-to bazaar for shoppers seeking bargains. But a few years ago, in his zeal to bring more mom-and-pop stores into the network, Zaky pushed too hard for ever-lower prices, disrupting market pricing and upsetting some consumer brands, they said.Later, as Bukalapak expanded, Zaky grew ambitious and tried to take on rivals like SoftBank-backed Tokopedia and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Lazada by flogging pricier goods. Bukalapak backtracked when it realized it was getting too far away from its roots. Then in 2019, he incensed followers of popular Indonesian President Joko Widodo after tweeting that the government was spending too little on R&D and suggested a new leader might beef up the budget: #UninstallBukalapak becoming a trending topic on Twitter.Discussions about a changing of the guard began long before that. Zaky had talked with his board about wanting to pursue his passion of helping young entrepreneurs. But that coincided with increasing pressure for the startup to turn a profit, one reason why it announced 10 percent job cuts. Directors felt that, while Zaky had been instrumental in Bukalapak’s early days, the company had outgrown him and proposed bringing on an experienced executive. In December, the board appointed a successor in Rachmat Kaimuddin, a former director of finance and planning at PT Bank Bukopin that Zaky himself and a co-founder recommended.“As startup capital raising and profitability come under pressure, we should expect to see more CEO exits. Not just for under-performance, but for other reasons that were ignored under hyper-growth,” said Suresh Shankar, founder and CEO of Singapore-based Crayon Data. “Travis-like (behavioral), Adam-like (financial engineering) or Moonves (CBS, alleged sexual misbehavior) exits will become more common. Sometimes one of these causes or the other will be used as the excuse, to make company under-performance seem more palatable.”Read also: No more ‘burning money’: Calls grow for more rational tech valuation as VCs eye Indonesian start-ups In his own parting memo, Zaky counted professionalizing his company among his achievements. He recounted an incident in its early days when the website went down for days and no one was bothered. By mid-2019, when the company had 2 million mom-and-pop store partners and agents and more than 70 million active users, Bukalapak had executives to run finance, strategy and operations.“I remember our early years when our management style was still ‘dormitory’ style,” he wrote. “Over time, our management has become more modern.”Topics :last_img read more

Eagles Football Club remains flawless

first_imgEAGLES Football Club of Stewartville continued to put away their opposing counterparts as rivalry in the GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power U-17 Intra Association League, West Demerara Football Association leg continued on the weekend.Led by the joint leading goal scorers in this second round of the two-round league, Eagles sailed to a comfortable 6-1 triumph over Hurry-ATE FC at the Uitvlugt Community Centre Ground, bettering their first round result which was 3-1.Telbert Baptiste, now with five goals, blasted a hat-trick in Saturday’s win; he was on target in the 25th, 36th and 55th minute. Troy Skeete, whose tally in this round is also five goals to date, scored in the 45th minute. The other goals were scored by Kareem Harris (20th) and Francis Persaud (42nd).Hurry-ATE, which had taken the lead in the 12th minute when Joshua Jack found the back of the nets, couldn’t find the target again for the remainder of the match.Uitvlugt Warriors were gifted their first win of the round, thanks to the no-show of Wales United.The lone match on Sunday at the Goed Fortuin Ground produced a stalemate between Pouderoyen and Den Amstel which battled to a 2-2 draw. The result brought Den Amstel’s first point of the round. Pouderoyen had jumped into the lead in the 7th minute when Ezekiel Guppy scored but Jamal Robinson netted the first of his double for Den Amstel in the 26th minute to level things up.Robinson found the back of the nets once again in the 52nd minute to hand Den Amstel the lead but that advantage was cancelled out in the 75th minute when Jarrel Phoenix converted for Pouderoyen to ensure an equal share of the spoils.The Uitvlugt Community Centre Ground will host a triple header on Saturday from 10:00hrs when the home team, Uitvlugt Warriors, match skills with Pouderoyen, followed two hours later by a clash between Eagles and Wales United. The final match brings together Den Amstel and Hurry-ATE from 14:00hrs.last_img read more

Rose Hall Town defeat Tucber Park CC in 50-over first-division final

first_imgLED by a half-century from Jason Sinclair, Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour were able to best Tucber Park Cricket Club in the final of the 2019 Berbice Cricket Board/ Stag Beer 50-over first-division competition on Saturday at the Port Mourant ground in Berbice.For the win, Rose Hall Town won the championship trophy and $100,000 while Tucber Park collected $50,000.Rose Hall Town batted first in the low-scoring clash and posted 192-8 off their allotted overs.Sinclair led the attack with 67, while Khemraj Mahadeo added 27, Delbert Hicks 22 and Keith Simpson 18.Although many of the Rose Hall Town batsmen had starts, most of the middle and lower order fell victim to the spin of Devon Clements, who ended with impressive figures of 6-36.Tucber Park, in reply, were struggling at 3-3 in the second over, before it became 32-6, but Damion Vantull and Kwesi Mickle brought them back, which resulted in an exciting finish.Vantull ended with 36 (3x4s, 1×6), while Mickle batted his way to an unbeaten 50, but wickets continued to fall, which resulted in Tucber Park succumbing for 134 all out in 35 overs.Sylus Tyndall, Eon Hooper and Jonathan Rampersaud took three wickets each to lead the winners’ bowling attack.last_img read more