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At SAP’s 2014 Las Vegas Field Kick-Off Meeting (FKOM), an incentive was launched for employees to collect “passport” signatures from colleagues in Marketing and Corporate Affairs. For each passport received, $10 would be donated to a charitable cause. With the funds collected, the Marketing team decided to go one step beyond – to not only make a donation, but also maximize SAP’s most valuable asset – our people. So, from Silicon Valley to Newtown Square and NYC, Vancouver to Mexico and Colombia, the Marketing and CSR have joined forces to organize skills based volunteering events across the region this week through the end of May with local nonprofits and institutions driving education for girls in technology.

Today, four girls from Eastside College Preparatory School ranging from freshmen to seniors are visiting SAP’s Palo Alto Labs campus to discuss career paths in tech as a woman with Joan Sherlock, Pamela Dunn, Swati Sinha, and yours truly. Eastside Prep is committed to opening new doors for students historically underrepresented in higher education. We are excited to discuss the big questions they have on their minds, advise from our varied experiences, and learn from their own inspiring stories both one-on-one and in a group setting.

Stay tuned for more to come; in the meantime, check out our slate for the coming weeks activating more than 50 SAP volunteers!


May 20 – Bay Area: Eastside Prep School Find your Future as a Woman in Tech

Eastside Prep girls will visit the SAP Campus, receive a campus tour, participate in a panel discussion focused on women in technology, and a workshop on building your personal brand.

Leader: Yours truly – very excited!


May 19thNewtown Square: TechGirlz Personal Branding and Social Media Smarts workshop

This on-site workshop is designed to give 8th grade girls from the TechGirlz program a “real world” look at what careers are available in the field of technology. A panel of employees volunteers will speak about their career paths and give tips on starting out in the industry. We will also work with the girls to introduce them to the concept of personal branding and facilitate discussions around how Marketing teams like SAP’s use technology to do their jobs.

Leader: Erin LaBarge

Week of May 19 – Mexico: Educating Girls on managing Social Networks

20-30 Teenage girls from the Educa NGO network will participate in a workshop at SAP to learn about managing social networks, women in leadership and Innovation in a corporation

Leader Nuria Rapalo

May 22 – New York City: KIPP Personal Branding and Social Media Smarts workshop

This on-site workshop is designed to give local “KIPPster” girls a “real world” look at what careers are available in the field of technology. A panel of employees volunteers will speak about their career paths and give tips on starting out in the industry. We will also work with the girls to introduce them to the concept of personal branding and facilitate discussions around how Marketing teams like SAP’s use technology to do their jobs.

Leader: Erin LaBarge (heavy lifter!)

May 23 – Colombia: Build Your Personal Brand

15 young girls between ages 16 – 19 from an Ashoka partner will attend a workshop given by SAP employees on “Building your personal brand” and learn to apply it for both personal and professional career growth. They’ll learn about social media best practices and put it into action via interactive sessions.

Leader: Diana Patricia Osorio

May 31 – Vancouver: Technology Workshops with GIRLsmarts

GIRLsmarts helps bridge the gap between the moment when a girls sparks an interest in technology and then steps away from it due to stereotypes, missing role models, lack of encouragement or lack of exposure to a technology-based career. Featuring workshops on Social Gaming, UX/UI, Music & Technology and Programming, this daylong program is designed to inspire girls to pursue a future in technology. Volunteers will support workshop delivery, logistical support, registration, group leaders, office tour guides, photographers and more.

Sign up: Contact Bettina Sy

Stay tuned for more updates to come, and feel free to send me a tweet at @apolack!

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