For 20 years, Daren Brabham, Senior Director Analyst, has been volunteering for the Texas Boys State program, a youth leadership camp sponsored by the American Legion, a veterans organization. At the organization’s annual camps, high school students from all parts of the state participate in a hands-on simulation of the Texas political and elective process, eventually electing their governor, a full legislature, and city leaders. Not only did Daren attend Boys State as a high schooler, but he’s also returned as a volunteer counselor and now serves on the executive committee as the Assistant Director of Media Relations. The nonprofit was recently featured in a documentary that was picked up by Apple. View the trailer here.
Associates from our High Tech Operations team in Brazil recently organized two initiatives to support their local communities. The first project, led by Roberto Coelho, Sales Manager, was an opportunity for the team to load a truck with 300 meals and distribute them to the homeless.
Ricardo Tardi, Account Executive, organized a second project in which the team delivered 100+ food kits filled with necessities to help feed families in need for about a month.
A 27-Day Challenge for Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Recently, Melanie O’Brien, VP, and Team Manager dedicated her time and energy to support a cause she has a personal connection to – the FightMND 27 Challenge. The event aims to bring people together, physically or virtually, to be active and healthy while raising greater awareness and funds for the fight against Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
“My brother-in-law was diagnosed with MND at the age of 29. At the time, very few in our family were familiar with the disease or the fact that the average life expectancy was a mere 27 months from diagnosis. As many who have experienced a family member or friend with illnesses like this would know, you feel rather helpless. We knew it was too late to help Edward, but focused our efforts on raising awareness and donations in hopes of someday finding a cure to help other families. We lost Edward in Nov 2020, weeks after I completed this fundraiser, but found comfort in knowing we were doing all we could to help those impacted by the disease. I am extremely grateful for my Gartner colleagues who donated to the fundraiser, and for the Gartner Charity Match program that doubled our contribution. Together we have raised over $9000.”
Mark Kenneth, Executive Partner, put his outdoor skills to the test when he organized and helped lead a 2-day canoe camping trip for 24 dad and daughter teams. With support from High Adventure Trek for Dads & Daughters, the group covered outdoor skills, how to canoe and camp, and leadership and communication training.
Ashley Preston, a Research Specialist in Arlington, VA, has been volunteering for the past 3 years with A21, a global, non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to eradicate human trafficking. She recently took the initiative to educate her colleagues on the topic and invite them to engage with the organization.
Alongside A21, Gartner Talent Lab associates participated in the first-annual Global Freedom Summit, a one-hour, virtual opportunity to learn and get involved in efforts to end human trafficking. Participants learned how to identify potential scenarios of human trafficking, take action in their local communities, and support the ongoing efforts of A21.
“It’s important to give back to the local community because generosity is a critical component of a flourishing life. Whether it be with time, money, or skills, we become better people, friends, and workers when we give,” commented Ashley.
Denisse Godinez, Senior Coordinator, was looking for ways to help others in need during the pandemic when she came across Heartland Hospice, an organization seeking handicrafts to help patients live comfortably and as dignified as possible. Denisse recruited colleagues from Gartner’s Research & Advisory team and the Veterans at Gartner San Francisco chapter to make blankets and quilts for the organization. The group was delighted to be able to volunteer their time to provide comfort for those in need while remaining safe at home.
We are proud of our associates and the work they’re doing to positively impact the world, both personally and professionally. Learn more about our Community Engagement Program here.