Since launching .heart last September, we’ve rolled out a number of programs and initiatives that continue to emphasize our goals of giving back and encouraging gender diversity in tech. International Women’s Day was the perfect day for us to celebrate the amazing women who work at Nutanix and to announce our newest partnerships and updates from the program.
At the event, we heard from our new CIO, Wendy Pfeiffer, who introduced Carrie Banker, a system administrator at Nutanix. Carrie recalled her own challenges as a single mother with two sons struggling to make ends meet and how her decision to leave her family’s coffee shop and go back to school to pursue a career in technology at Nutanix affected her life. Carrie brought the room to tears by highlighting how rewarding it was to hear her young sons say how proud they were of her career success.
The Webscale Women team, our internal women’s group, also shared their mission and upcoming professional programs, including a personal brand awareness workshop. We also announced a special offer in honor of International Women’s Day: free .NEXT passes to the first 50 women who complete our latest online training and who pass our Nutanix Platform Professional (NPP) certification by May 4th. This certification is a great way for women to build their skills in the new world of hyperconverged infrastructure and the Enterprise Cloud.
Lastly during the celebration, we kicked off our relationship with Girls in Tech, a global nonprofit focused on eradicating gender disparity in the technology industry. It was an honor to have Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and Founder of Girls in Tech, describe her inspiration for founding Girls in Tech, whose charter is to educate, engage and empower women in STEM via 60 local chapters across the globe. The Nutanix relationship with Girls in Tech marks our continued effort to support underrepresented groups, especially women, to pursue careers in STEM.
Outside of the International Women’s Day celebration, Nutanix is also spending volunteer time with #YESWECODE graduates. Most recently, Melina McLarty, a Nutanix user experience engineer, presented to upcoming Female Engineers at the WiE (Women in Engineering) Conference at San Jose State University on March 25th. Melody Moh, Professor and Coordinator of Cyber Security Certificates at the Department of Computer Science at San Jose State University, commented, “The students loved Melina’s young, energetic, cheerful presentation! Through seeing Melina and other successful women in engineering, our students become inspired, continue to work hard and thrive in their engineering and business endeavors.”
We are continuing our outreach efforts across offices worldwide. Our teams have given their time and donated to dozens of nonprofit organizations across the globe including: Create Purpose, a group that collaborates with children’s homes in Mexico to teach computer programming skills to local children; Make a Wish Foundation Belgium Vlaanderen, and MASARD (Mass-based Association for Social Service and Rural Development). Our sales team also made solar car kits during their mid-year training kickoffs and gave them to local schools and hospitals in Florida and Kuala Lumpur.
I am always humbled by Nutanix employees, customers and partners who continue bringing .heart to life. Their passion and drive continue to make .heart stronger everyday. Thank you for all your efforts.
Nutanix employees at a Make a Wish Foundation event in Belgium
Nutanix sales employees make solar kits at a .heart booth at the sales kickoff
Students at Create Purpose in Mexico
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