At the beginning of 2020, Gartner partnered with the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) to give back to the local community in which our company is headquartered. SPEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering educational programs and resources to students, educators and parents in the Stamford Public School system.
Through SPEF’s Employee Volunteer Engagement program, Gartner associates are able to participate in several programs including mentorship and tutoring for school children, volunteer initiatives in the local area and participation in annual hosted events.
“Our partnership with SPEF has been one of the highlights of the past year for me. I am a longtime advocate of educational and mentorship opportunities in our communities, so I’m truly grateful to our Stamford-based associates for stepping up to support local schools. To see that relationship with SPEF energize and engage our people, even in these unfamiliar times, makes it all the more rewarding,” says Jules Kaufman, EVP General Counsel Corporate Secretary.
Recently, 40+ Gartner associates participated in the MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run. The event, which is hosted by SPEF and the McInerney family, celebrates the life and memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate and aims to improve the academic, social, and mental well being of at-risk youth.
This year’s event looked a little different from year’s past, as COVID-19 safety regulations and guidelines had to be closely followed – but that didn’t stop members of the Gartner team from getting involved.
Participants were able to complete the 5K on their own time during the week of September 17th-24th. Local Gartner associates met up in Stamford and Fairfield, CT for socially distanced group walks, while others opted for a solo session.
“It was fantastic to get outdoors on the first full day of autumn to walk a 5K along the Stamford waterfront in support of SPEF. It was a beautiful, crisp morning where colleagues and friends got to meet together in person for the first time in months – all in a safe and socially distant manner, while supporting a great cause,” says Bill Dorgan, GVP, Commercial Legal & Global IP.
No matter the location, members of the team were able to get out and support the local public education system and champion SPEF’s impactful programs. Thank you to all who participated and to SPEF for hosting the 5K event.
Learn more about our commitment to community engagement in our 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report.