Sandberg named Class Day speaker

first_imgSuccessful businesswoman, best-selling author, and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95, has been chosen as the 2014 Class Day speaker. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org, will address seniors in Tercentenary Theatre on May 28, the day before Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.“Sheryl Sandberg has been an inspirational advocate, thinking critically about social issues and striving to make a positive difference in our world. As we go forth from Harvard, we’re hopeful to hear from her on how we can realize what’s important to us not only professionally but also personally, and what we can do to see a more equitable society,” said First Marshal Jen Zhu ’14.Soon after receiving her M.B.A., Sandberg became a senior official in the U.S. Treasury Department. She joined Google in 2001, becoming vice president of global online sales and operations. In 2008, Sandberg became the chief operating officer at Facebook.“Her career has spanned government, business, and tech. She took huge risks professionally, joining both Google and Facebook in their early days, when each company’s business model was not yet certain. She is an inspiring leader, activist, and businesswoman. We are overjoyed that she will be addressing us at Class Day,” said Marshal Virginia Fahs ’14.Sandberg is also the author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” published in 2013. The best-selling book, which discusses barriers women face in reaching their professional goals, inspired, an organization “committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.”“Sheryl Sandberg’s work and advocacy have sparked valuable discussions within our class and around campus, especially as we look forward to entering the professional world. Her ideas and example challenge us to think and act critically as soon-to-be graduates,” said Marshal Roland Yang ’14.Class Day ceremonies, which will begin at 2 p.m., will also feature Harvard orators Adam J. Conner ’14 and Christie L. Disilvestro ’14, Ivy orators Zack W. Guzman ’14 and Jenna D. Martin ’14, the Harvard University Band, and remarks from interim Harvard College Dean Donald Pfister.“The Senior Class Committee is ecstatic to bring Sheryl Sandberg to Class Day,” said Irene Chen ’14, a senior class committee member. “Because she was Harvard College Class of 1991, she can relate to the Harvard undergraduate experience, and we look forward to hearing her thoughts on Class Day.”last_img read more

Get Ready for Gartner Data Center

first_imgIt’s time again for Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference, or Gartner Data Center for short.  For VCE, that means another great opportunity to connect with customers, partners, and others face to face.  But this year we wanted to make sure no one is left out.  For that reason, we will be sharing as much of the conference as we can with you. That includes live tweets from CTO Hyper-Convergence John Lockyer (@Johnloc), Social Manager Paul Young (@youngp2), and myself (@JayCuthrell).  In addition we will be running a live blog here on the Vblog with summaries and big takeaways from key sessions.  So follow along and let us know in the comments if there is anything you would really like to hear about.So what will we be covering? Here are just a few examples.Solution ShowcaseDon’t miss your chance to speak with the VCE team at our booth (#324) in the Solution Showcase.  There will be great learning and hands on opportunities. Talk with the team and get your badge scanned for a chance to win an Apple Watch.  For those at home you can still get a walkthrough of the booth here on the Vblog.Booth staff presenting to packed audience at VMworldLeveraging Convergence and Cloud in the Agile Digital EnterpriseIf you are at the conference, don’t miss the opportunity to see VCE, John Lockyer talk with CenturyLink’s Director of Product Management for Cloud Solutions, Michael Joffe on the benefits of converged infrastructure for hybrid IT solutions.  Sessions like this are particularly interesting because of the opportunity to hear the customer and solution provider perspectives.The Journey to Best-in-Class, Enterprise-Defined Data Center Starts NowThis opening keynote from Gartner VPs will be a great way to set the perspectives for the conference.  It promises to touch on the core competencies required to be successful in the age of the “enterprise-defined data center” no matter what new technologies or services come along.The Integrated Systems Magic QuadrantGartner takes a look at their famous magic quadrant analysis. This session promises to take a look through the challenges and opportunities for vendors in the integrated systems market.  It will be interesting to hear how expectations have changed since the 2015 report first came out.VCE Users Group DinnerSome of the best information you can get a conference is had over a late night dinner. There will be an ‘Ask VCE’ discussion panel with guests including CEO Praveen Akkiraju. We will also let you know what users are excited about and what use cases are interesting.2016 CIO Agenda: Implications to I&OAnother great keynote by Gartner, we will get a view into CIO priorities in 2016.  Will they match your expectations?  Are you prepared for the increase of decrease in spend? This should be a great conversation starter.Your best bet to stay connected is subscribe to this blog and follow along with our Twitter accounts (@VCE, @Johnloc, @youngp2, @JayCuthrell).   Again if there is anything that you would like to see specifically, leave a note in the comments or message us on Twitter.  See you at the show!last_img read more

Windies targeting England upset to climax campaign

first_imgBRISTOL, England (CMC) – West Indies Women are focused on signing off their disappointing ICC Women’s World Cup with an upset of hosts England Women, when the two teams meet at Gloucestershire County Ground here today.A campaign which started with so much promise went badly awry when the Caribbean side lost their first four games to see their hopes of reaching the semi-finals dashed.They subsequently won their next two games – against Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women respectively – and believe a straight victory would be the ideal way to cap off the tournament.“It’s going to be really important seeing that we won the last two. There’s only one more game to go and we would love to go off on a high,” captain Stafanie Taylor said.“It’s going to be some hard cricket. All of their (England) players are pretty much in form. They would know this pitch seeing they’ve been playing here for a couple games, so I think it will be a tough game tomorrow but also a good one.”Expectations were high when the side left the Caribbean. They had dominated to win the Twenty20 World Cup in India last year and had played well enough to reach the final of the last 50-over World Cup four years ago.But the challenge of the tournament proved too much for the side comprising four debutants and the warning signs were there when they lost all five of their warm-up matches.But Taylor, just one of six current players who featured in the 2013 World Cup final, said her side would use the experience as a learning curve.“We’re a young team and it’s been a learning experience for everyone, especially being a captain at my first 50-over World Cup,” she noted.“Sometimes you don’t get things the way you want them but we just have to take the positives that we can and go back home and work really hard.”She added: I enjoy working with these girls; they’re a really good bunch. Some of them are still learning their game and I do believe we’ll get better.”West Indies will be boosted by their performance in the last game against Pakistan when they piled up 285 for four off their 50 overs with Deandra Dottin stroking her maiden One-Day International hundred.While England sit on top of the standings on 10 points, the Windies are sixth on four points and can end no higher with fifth placed New Zealand already on seven points.last_img read more

Employers look for ‘likeability factor’

first_imgNEW YORK – A resume and a brief job interview can’t answer the question that matters most to a new hire’s co-workers: Is this person an absolute pain? Despite a labor shortage in many sectors, some employers are pickier than ever about whom they hire. Businesses in fields where jobs are highly coveted – or just sound like fun – are stepping up efforts to weed out people who might have the right credentials but the wrong personality. Call it the “plays well with others” factor. Job candidates at investment banks have long endured dozens of interviews designed, in part, to see if new hires will get along with everyone they’ll work with. Whole Foods Market Inc. holds group interviews, in which people who will work under a manager are part of the team that grills candidates and collectively picks hires. “They’re here for nine or 10 hours,” Napier said. “We’re very cordial about it. We’re not aggressive, but we haven’t met a human being yet who has the stamina to BS us all day.” There’s a possible downside, however. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “Fool vs. Jerk: Whom Would You Hire?” Tiziana Casciaro of Harvard and Miguel Sousa Lobo of Duke University point out that people generally like people who are similar to them, so hiring for congeniality can limit diversity of opinions. One venture capitalist told the authors that a capable manager he worked with built a team that “had a great time going out for a beer, but the quality of their work was seriously compromised.” That’s not the worry at Lindblad Expeditions, a 500-employee adventure cruise company. Kris Thompson, vice president of human resources at Lindblad, said, “You can teach people any technical skill, but you can’t teach them how to be a kindhearted, generous-minded person with an open spirit.” In the mating dance of job interviews, employers traditionally put their best feet forward, too, trumpeting their wonderful benefits packages while leaving out the bit about working late, eating cold pizza. Not Lindblad. It sends job applicants a DVD showing not one, but two shots of a crew member cleaning toilets. A dishwasher talks about washing 5,000 dishes in one day. “Be prepared to work your butt off,” another says. “It’s meant to scare you off,” company founder Sven Lindblad said. It does. After watching the DVD and hearing an unvarnished description of life onboard a Lindblad ship, the majority of applicants drop out, Thompson said. She asks applicants to tell her about a job that wasn’t what they expected and how they dealt with it. One of the best answers came from Kendra Nelsen, who said that while she was working construction, her male co-workers would help themselves to her tools. Her solution: She painted all her tools hot pink. Nelsen, who started as a deck hand, went on to earn a U.S. Coast Guard license and was just named assistant expedition leader in Antarctica. At KaBoom, a nonprofit that builds playgrounds, the board was hammering co-founder and CEO Darell Hammond four years ago over the organization’s high employee turnover. “I rationalized that they were on the road too much, when in reality, it was the wrong fit in the wrong role,” he said. He started thinking about who left and why, then focused on the characteristics of workers who stayed. The list of traits: Can do, will do, team fit, damn quick and damn smart. His team kept a closer eye on job applicants in the reception area, which is set up as a playground, to see how they acted around playground equipment. “If you’re early, you may have to sit on a swing or the bottom of a slide,” Hammond said. People who stand with a tight grip on their briefcases instead of sitting on the playground equipment aren’t asked back. KaBoom sends prospective project managers to one of its four-day playground building trips, with the actual build on the last day involving 200 to 300 volunteers, many of whom have questions for KaBoom staff. “If they’re not easily approached, or they’re easily stressed – this is the way we find out and they find out if it’s not going to work,” he said. Hammond wouldn’t say what percentage of applicants drop out, but he did say project managers’ tenure has increased since they started sending them on the trips four years ago, from one year’s tenure to between 2 1/2 and three years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Now other companies are setting up higher hurdles. “In this bloggable, cell-phone camera world, your brand on the inside is going to be your brand on the outside. If you have a bunch of jerks, your brand is going to be a jerk,” said Tim Sanders, former leadership coach at Yahoo Inc. and author of “The Likeability Factor.” With the national unemployment rate low, at 4.7 percent, and the baby boom generation heading into retirement, employers from Microsoft Corp. to rural hospitals are worrying about finding enough workers. But companies like Rackspace Managed Hosting are bucking that trend, working hard to find reasons to turn people away. Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier said, “We’d rather miss a good one than hire a bad one.” The 1,900-person company is divided into 18- to 20-person teams. One team is so close, the whole group shows up to help when one member moves house, Napier said. Job interviews at the San Antonio-based company last all day, as interviewers try to rub away fake pleasantness. last_img read more


first_imgBirdwatch Ireland has assured people that thousands of young swallow chicks will not be left behind when the birds migrate out of the country in the coming weeks.A brood of swallowsAn unusually mild September has seen many late broods of chicks being born in barns and outhouses across Co Donegal.Now Birdwatch Ireland says it has been inundated with calls from worried people concerned about the young chicks. However the group says that while the majority of swallows will leave in September, others will leave throughout October.A spokesman said “The fact is, although the bulk of our Swallows leave us during September, it’s actually perfectly normal for good numbers to remain here well into October, and it happens every year.“All going well, these late-brood chicks will leave their nests soon and begin the long and arduous flight to southern Africa, where they will spend our winter.”Once strong enough the birds will gather and will make the 9,000km journey to South Africa but many will perish along the way. The birds born in Ireland will return to the same location next year where they too will begin the breeding cycle. LATE SWALLOW CHICKS WON’T PERISH IN DONEGAL, SAYS BIRDWATCH IRELAND was last modified: September 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Birdwatch Irelanddonegalswallowslast_img read more