How are You Lifting Others?

first_imgSuccess means nothing unless you use that success to lift others up as well. There are many quotes that all equate to this same belief – a belief and mentality I’ve found is especially prevalent in the Black community. This commitment to lifting others has helped me build a career. I grew up in one of Los Angeles’ most impoverished neighborhoods where the outlook was bleak. This commitment to lifting others is also what drives the Dell Technologies family to push for truly equal opportunity each day.I was thinking about this recently with Black History Month approaching. While Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to U.S. history, it’s also a time to take stock and look forward – have we laid the groundwork for the Black community to impact our nation’s next great chapter in history?2020 marks the beginning of what we at Dell Technologies are calling the Next Data Decade – a time when data, and the tech advancements it will drive, will create history. As one of the largest tech companies in the world, we have a role to play to ensure the exciting technological advancements coming are built by the diverse communities they’ll impact and are inclusive by design. We must lead from the front to change the narrative of diversity in tech. Today, just seven percent of the U.S. tech industry is Black/African American.Recruiting young talent and collaborating on solutions will be key to changing this stat. That’s why we became a signatory to the HBCU Partnership Challenge. The Challenge brings together government, industry and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to “ensure that HBCUs and their students are an equal part of their recruitment and hiring efforts.”As a company committed to keeping our “say versus do” ratio in-check, we quickly got to work on efforts to deliver on our commitment. One program that holds a lot of promise is Project Immersion. Started in January 2019 and growing rapidly, this curriculum partnership between Dell Technologies and select HBCUs and MSIs (minority serving institutions) prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the technology industry. Classes and workshops are available on topics including: data science, sales engineering, cloud infrastructure and more. Partner universities to-date include: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University and Howard University.Back to that commitment to bringing others along as the true measure of success, the biggest value and pride point of Project Immersion is its adjunct instructor model. Courses are led by Dell Technologies team members who volunteer their time to teach students the skills they use in their day jobs.These passionate volunteers come from across the Dell Technologies family of businesses – Dell, VMware, Pivotal and Secureworks. Many are members of employee resource groups for the Black community and are HBCU alums themselves who are doing their part to lift others up and build a more diverse talent pipeline. A big thanks to them for making this impactful program possible!To mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month, we launched a new addition to the Project Immersion curriculum – cybersecurity. This rapidly growing field is full of opportunity for career growth and our Secureworks team is eager to train up its future workforce.Just over a year into Project Immersion and in the midst of Black History Month, we’re keeping the momentum going with a roundtable event later this month. Morehouse College will host elected officials, administrators from Atlanta-based HBCUs, Project Immersion students, nonprofit partners and Dell Technologies leaders for a discussion on the types of programs and collaborations that will build a more representative technology industry. Watch out for updates from the event at the university’s historic African American Hall of Fame on social media.In the words of Dr. King, an Atlanta native and Morehouse College alumni, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” I am grateful this month, and every month, for those who use their success to lift others in the Black community.Happy Black History Month everyone.Learn more about some of the initiatives and partnerships Dell Technologies has in place to get more Blacks in tech:2030 goal to have 25% of our workforce and 15% of our people leaders be Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino minorities2019 diversity & inclusion reportReboot Representation Tech CoalitionManagement Leadership for TomorrowNational Action Council for Minorities in EngineeringBlack Enterprise Magazine partnershiplast_img read more

More sports in brief

first_img Australia qualify for Olympic basketball WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP): Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut and his Australia teammates have qualified for next year’s Olympic basketball tournament. Bogut scored 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had two blocks as Australia beat New Zealand 89-79 yesterday in an Oceania qualifying game to earn its place in Rio de Janiero. Bogut was in doubt because of a back injury, but his play helped the Aussies win the two-game aggregate series by 22 points following a 71-59 victory in the first leg. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova added 14 points, Chicago Bulls forward Cameron Bairstow had 10 and San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills scored nine for Australia. New Zealand still have a chance to make it to Rio through another qualifying series next year. Rogers to retire from Test cricket LONDON, England (AP): Chris Rogers will retire from Test cricket after the final Ashes match against England, becoming the third Australia player to end his international career on the tour. The 37-year-old opening batsman said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play cricket as a living for nearly 20 years and it’s been amazing and a privilege, but everything good comes to an end.” Rogers, who will play his 25th Test when the fifth and final Ashes Test starts at The Oval tomorrow, made his debut in 2008, but didn’t win his second cap until the 2013 Ashes. Ryan Harris quit because of injury before the Ashes series began and Australia captain Michael Clarke announced after the fourth Test, which England won to regain the urn, he will retire after the Ashes. Former FIFA, UEFA official dies at 82 FRANKFURT, Germany (AP): Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder, a former FIFA and UEFA official who also served as president of the German soccer federation, has died. He was 82. The German federation said Mayer-Vorfelder died in a Stuttgart hospital on Monday. The DFB gave no cause of death. Mayer-Vorfelder headed the DFB from 2001-06 and oversaw the organisation of the 2006 World Cup in Germany before leaving the organisation. He also served two terms on the FIFA executive committee and was UEFA vice-president from 2007-09. Mayer-Vorfelder was also president of Bundesliga club Stuttgart from 1975-2000. Stuttgart won two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup during that time. Mayer-Vorfelder is survived by his wife Margit and their four children.last_img read more

Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane’s new Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Valencia v Real Madrid – Mestalla, Valencia, Spain – April 3, 2019 Valencia’s Dani Parejo and Ezequiel Garay celebrate after the match as Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos looks onMADRID, Spain, Apr 4 – Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale and endured his first defeat since returning to Real Madrid as his side were deservedly beaten 2-1 by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday. The last time Zidane left Bale on the bench, the Welshman proved a spectacular substitute against Liverpool in the Champions League final 10 months ago but there was to be no rescue act at Mestalla. Instead, Valencia surged to a convincing victory, Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scoring in each half to leave Marcelino’s team within a point of La Liga’s top four. Karim Benzema headed in a late consolation in injury-time.“We lacked a bit of spark up front,” Zidane said. “I am not going to criticise my players. They have tried and we played a good team. But losing always hurts.”After a miserable start to the season, Valencia could yet enjoy a barnstorming finish.Champions League qualification is now within touching distance while a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and Europa League last 16 tie against Villarreal still await.“The game played out how we hoped,” said Marcelino. “It was a complete performance.”For Zidane, after two opening victories, this was perhaps something of a reality check, even if Madrid’s reappointed coach has insisted he is under no illusions regarding the task ahead.They now trail leaders Barcelona by 13 points, the exact same margin they were behind the Catalans under Zidane at this stage last season.This was reminiscent too of the limp displays that have undone Madrid in recent months, blunt in the final third, overly-generous in defence and bereft of either snap or spark in midfield.Bale had started each of Zidane’s first two games, offering hope there might yet be a future for him in the new era, but his relegation to the bench suggests the Frenchman’s old doubts may linger.Zidane’s press conference on Tuesday had been littered with questions about players’ futures but Raphael Varane and Marcelo both started in defence, as did Keylor Navas, restored in goal ahead of Zidane’s son Luca and the injured Thibaut Courtois.Valencia were far superior in the first half and the only surprise was that it took 35 minutes for them to score.Navas punched a corner to the edge of the box where Guedes bounced the ball off Carlos Soler, stopped it and curled between the goalkeeper’s right hand and the near post.Valencia unleashed a series of efforts in search of a second. Kevin Gameiro headed wide, Geoffrey Kondogbia half-volleyed over and Rodrigo’s bending shot whistled inches past the post.Madrid had barely featured as Bale came on for Marco Asensio in the 64th minute, along with Isco, who replaced the quiet Toni Kroos.Bale might have had an equaliser shortly after had it not been for Dani Parejo’s sliding block and then the he sent a sumptous pass to the far post, but it was cleared away from the waiting Benzema.Valencia should have wrapped it up with 15 minutes left as five sprawled forward on the break but Rodrigo miscontrolled while his cutback was flicked by Soler, harmlessly into the hands of Navas.If Madrid were more threatening they might have capitalised but there was no counter and instead victory was secured when Garay headed in Parejo’s cross with seven minutes left.Sergio Ramos had a late penalty taken off him, ruled out by VAR, before Benzema nodded in a consolation in added time. It was too little too late.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more