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Veterans at Gartner

Get To Know Veterans At Gartner: Meet Mike, Lauren and Sidney

November 06, 2017

Below you will find recent interviews with Gartner associates: Mike Diliberto, Lauren Herbert and Sidney Melvin. They all demonstrate that Gartner is a great place for veterans and their families to work.

Mike DilibertoName: Mike Diliberto

Role: CIO

Location: Stamford, CT

What’s your connection to the military? From 1985 to 1994, I was member of the U.S. Army Reserve. I retired at the rank of Sergeant, E-5. I enlisted while I was still attending university, so I split my basic training and AIT across two summers.

How has your military background helped you excel in your current career? I enlisted when I was 19, which was a very formative time for me. I credit the military with instilling in me a sense of structure and the self-discipline to stay focused when facing the unpredictable. Given the level of uncharted territory my career has encountered, staying focused and trusting my training continues to serve me well.

Beyond serving me personally, I leverage what I learned in the military to lead my team. I have always believed the basics of leadership are the same no matter the mission. I always want to make sure my team understands the objective inside and out, they know what resources they have to accomplish the mission and they know where to go for support.

What’s your Gartner work history? I have been CIO for about 18 months now. Prior to that I was CIO for Priceline.com.

How do you see veterans impacting Gartner? I believe veterans are an incredible source of talent for Gartner. The leadership principles, integrity and values associated with the commitment to serve are completely aligned with Gartner’s culture. Our culture is all about collaboration, support, integrity and community. Everything we do is a team sport. We work together and collaborate. No one in my team writes a line of code before they understand completely who they are serving, why they are doing it and how it will benefit the business.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a veteran applying to or working at Gartner? The same advice I give everyone. Welcome home. Gartner is more than a place to work, it is a community that supports its members.

Lauren HerbertName: Lauren Herbert

Role: HR Specialist

Location: Arlington, VA

What’s your connection to the military? My husband is active duty in the Navy, so I am a supportive military spouse!

What’s your work history? I started with legacy CEB five and a half years ago in the Member Support Center. After 10 months there I moved into the Learning and Development Department and spent most of my career there managing our internal learning management system, employee I-9s and new hire orientation. About a year ago I moved into a more general HR role as an HR Specialist supporting our research and advisory communities.

How do you see veterans impacting Gartner? Veterans and their families bring a positive impact to Gartner. They are dedicated, resilient and resourceful, which are all great skillsets that Gartner can use in its workforce. Most veterans have traveled the world and have worked jobs throughout their military careers that help them gain a diverse set of skills and experiences. When you pair those skills and experiences with the skills they received from their education, it makes them great people to hire.

Lauren and her husband, Michael, at the Corpsman Ball.

Lauren and her husband, Michael, at the
Corpsman Ball.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a veteran applying to or working at Gartner? Reach out to the resources available to you. The Veterans Committee is made up of many different employees who are all passionate about supporting veterans and their families throughout the hiring process, onboarding and long-term careers. Make sure to ask them questions you can’t find answers to, find out how you can participate in activities, or if they just want to get coffee and catch up. Also, don’t forget the resources you have outside of Gartner. There are many different foundations, programs and organizations that support veterans and their family members with resume building, interviewing or general life in the civilian world. Take advantage of those resources so you feel supported all around.

Sidney MelvinName: Sidney Melvin

Role: Relationship Manager, HR Leadership Council for Midsized Companies

Location: Alpharetta, GA

What’s your work history? I’ve been with CEB, now Gartner since July 2015. I started as an AMx on the MMKT HRLC program and have been with the team ever since! I went through the SSPD program and graduated into an AM role in November 2016.

What’s your connection to the military? I come from a large military family, especially in the extended sense. Closer to home, however, my dad served for about a decade in the U.S. Navy. My brother is an Army veteran of the war in Afghanistan. My sister and brother-in-law are both currently enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Sidney’s sister, CPL Khalyma Strong, from 1st Medical Brigade at Ft. Hood.

Sidney’s sister, CPL Khalyma
Strong, from 1st Medical
Brigade at Ft. Hood.

How do you see veterans impacting Gartner? The veterans I’ve met in my time at Gartner, have been among the most selfless and generous contributors to both our organizational mission and the weight of our community impact. Their desires to learn and to teach, to share and participate, and to pursue a high standard of execution has been personally inspiring to me. I can’t imagine I’m the only associate who has noticed and has taken on a personal challenge to match that dedication. In short, the veterans I’ve met have made us a better company.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a veteran applying to or working at Gartner? The one piece of advice I’d share for any veteran within the Gartner network is to continue being yourself, because it has a huge impact on those with whom you interact on a regular basis and is valuable beyond measure!

If you are interested in joining our team, search for an open job here.


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