Joint event drives engagement and collaboration between heritage CEB and Gartner associates
On July 4, nearly 90 associates from Gartner’s Egham and London offices participated in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge – the first integrated event held between Gartner and heritage CEB associates and offices in the UK.
As a worldwide series of running events and a celebration of teamwork, camaraderie and community, the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge was sponsored by the Gartner Talent Management Team and the Women at Gartner Employee Resource Group to provide associates with an opportunity to meet new colleagues and encourage collaboration between both UK offices. More than 30,000 runners and walkers participated in the 32nd edition of the London Corporate Challenge.
Alexia Cambon, who is on the Women at Gartner Steering Committee, has been involved with organizing the event for heritage CEB associates for the past two years and this year took on the role of Company Captain for the combined running team.
“Historically, these events have been an excellent way to bring people together and have always been a great engagement driver. Being able to run with our Gartner colleagues this year was a very special thing,” said Alexia.
To help associates prepare for the challenge, the organizing committee hosted two training runs leading up to the event. These training sessions brought associates from both offices together to create a sense of community before the big day. The training certainly paid off for the two fastest runners from the combined team in the 5K race. Cian O’Morain, Research Consultant, was the first male finisher with a time of 22:09 and Megan Hurley, Account Management Specialist, was the first female finisher with a time of 29:10.
The beneficiary of the London Corporate Challenge was Cancer Research UK, a national charity that funds over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses who work to save more lives by preventing cancer, diagnosing it earlier and developing new and kinder treatments.
Alexia and Gayle Lingard, Talent Development Manager, organized the joint event and were supported by Run Captains William Cooper, Senior Talent Sourcer, Alistair Johnson, Client Director and Ally Coulson, Senior Channel Marketing Analyst.
Runners share their experiences from the event:
“The best thing about participating in the J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge this year was getting the opportunity to meet with colleagues from all of our different UK offices and get to know each other better. It was a great laugh!” -Cian O’Morain
“The Challenge was a great opportunity to meet colleagues from Egham that I’d not met before plus meet up with the CEB colleagues from the London office. There was a real sense of belonging meeting up prior to the race outside Queenstown Road train station. Everyone was really friendly and keen to share what they do and learn how we can work together better in the future.” -Alistair Johnson
“The run was a great and well-organized event that enabled us to connect with and meet associates from all of the different business groups. I would encourage everyone to get involved next year regardless of their fitness level!” -Emma Harris
Events like these embody Gartner’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and engagement by bringing associates from various backgrounds, locations and experiences together to collaborate and to help our communities.
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