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Hello everyone,

As you probably know, there have been a number of changes in the SCN team. To keep you informed of who’s who, I wanted to share this blog.

Laure Cetin recently left SAP to pursue opportunities at another company. We thank her for her many contributions to SCN and wish her much success in her new role!

Audrey Stevenson will take over as the new lead of gamification. She will be juggling this responsibility with her lead role on one of the workstreams supporting the “One Digital Experience Project“.

Fortunately, we have added two new members to our team:

Caroleigh Deneen is joining us as a senior gamification consultant who will help support all aspects of the SCN Reputation Program. Caroleigh joins us from SAP’s Corporate Knowledge Management team, where she worked as a user experience designer and KM consultant in support of SAP’s Employee Network and internal tools. She brings years of interactive agency experience, as well as expertise in user centered behavioral design and information architecture. Caroleigh holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Psychology from Rosemont College. Read more about Caroleigh in her Blog-it-Forward post.

Sofie Graham joins us as a a gamification analyst. She is currently completing a Masters in International Marketing at Hult International Business School in San Francisco. Prior to that she worked as a game designer for companies such as Disney Interactive and Codemasters in the UK. Sofie took charge of all aspects of design including player progression, difficulty curves and user acquisition. She also used her advanced Photoshop and visualization skills to create UI, artwork and presentation for games. You can also find out more about Sofie in her Blog-it-Forward post.

Please join me in welcoming our new team members!

Jeanne

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  1. Audrey Stevenson

    So excited to have both Sofie and Caroleigh on the team. I think that together we can make great things happen on SCN, in the spirit of Laure and all the other giants whose shoulders we stand on.

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  2. Marilyn Pratt

    A warm welcome to my new colleagues.  I’m sure our team will benefit from the insights, experience and perspectives that Caroleigh Deneen and Sofie Graham will bring with them.  Lovely as well to have folks with design skills and background in user behavior.

    As Colleen Hebbert has warned, laughter will ease the hazing that I’m fairly certain most “newbies” suffer at the hands of the community.  But I wish you both an easy transition into SCNness and good treatment at the hands of our participants.

    Marilyn

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    1. Steffi Warnecke

      Marilyn Pratt wrote:

      As Colleen Lee has warned, laughter will ease the hazing that I’m fairly certain most “newbies” suffer at the hands of the community.  But I wish you both an easy transition into SCNness and good treatment at the hands of our participants.

      Marilyn

      Well… we can be nice. 😀

      Welcome to the team, Caroleigh and Sofie!

      Someone designing (good) user experience with a degree in Psychology and the other with a background in game design and creating pretty pictures. Those are nice skills to have here. I’m really looking forward to the impact you two will have on SCN. 🙂

      @Andy: Yeah, run! 😛 I kind of like it, that even though “IT” is still seen by many as a male domain, many women are part of the team. Maybe this will open some (conservative) eyes, too. ^^

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  3. Andy Silvey

    Welcome to Caroleigh and Sofie.

    Audrey, Jeanne, Marilyn, looking at the team I am little worried that SCN isn’t going far enough with diversity and inclusion, it looks like Jason, Moshe, and Brian are really in the minority and outnumbered by the ladies :-)))

    Ok, I’ll run and hide now.

    Andy.

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    1. Kumud Singh

      Moshe Naveh  is already congratulated here. His #BIF initiative is being used as a formal way of introducing people, an achievement in itself.

      Welcome to Caroleigh and Sofie.

      Regards,

      Kumud

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    2. Marilyn Pratt

      Andy,

      You will find our team very inclusive.  I’m sure we looked for additional male applicants but through no fault of ours we didn’t find them 😈 (classic response in male-dominated board environments BTW). Although I am jesting (joking) this isn’t always a laughing matter.

      Read this interesting, sobering article to that point.

      Peter MacKay said dumb things. That doesn’t make him a sexist .

      Probbing question: When a talented, female leader is at the helm are there more likely to be diminished male applicants for jobs in her team?

      Are men who report to women and not threatened by that fact stronger candidates?

      Now I am running to hide 😛

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      1. Andy Silvey

        Hi Marilyn,

        you never need to run and hide.

        Where to start ?

        The article, I read the article and was a bit confused by the House of Commons and having never heard of the politician but then I saw it was a Canadian article, so, understanding the context, read the article.

        There is a lot going on in that story, what initially struck me the most was the subject of leadership. And even before reading that article, my main response to your post was going to be,

        personally having had a zillion bosses I don’t mind who my boss is, all I want from a boss is strong leadership, somebody who can make decisions and who will stand by their decisions no matter what.

        And there it was in that article, the guy showed weak leadership by blaming his underlings for the confusing greetings cards.

        The next thing I noticed was the question of appointing judges and how that works. In February I read the John Grisham novel, The Appeal, which as part of the story puts to fiction the process for judges to be appointed.

        And back to the article, a very interesting point is made about how to get more women to apply for roles and challenging the issues which are discouraging women from applying.

        I agree to this point, is there any argument against that logic ?

        To your questions,

        Probing question: When a talented, female leader is at the helm are there more likely to be diminished male applicants for jobs in her team?

        I don’t know the answer to this, and wouldn’t like to guess. One of the best bosses I have ever had was a woman, Ms Petra Beuchel, I was a subcontractor to Accenture and reporting to Petra, who at the time was an Associate Partner at Accenture.

        As I have said above, all I want from a boss is that they can make decisions and stand by those decisions. Petra could do this. And you don’t get to be an Associate Partner at Accenture by being stupid.

        Are men who report to women and not threatened by that fact stronger candidates?

        I think not. But can only speak for myself.

        I would challenge that question, that again, if a woman boss is a strong leader, I would say that’s all anybody wants, is strong leadership. There is nothing worse than weak leadership.

        Something very interesting in life is perspectives, and trying to view everything from the different perspectives. For example, the question above, seems to be written by a woman and could represent the thoughts women have towards men and what men may think about women leaders. However, there are many many more perspectives, and women should try to look at the situation through men’s eyes. An example, at a previous company there was a very strong woman boss and one male colleague who was also a manager was really attracted to her by her power !

        I have two daughters and if I can give them one of the zillions of pieces of advice I am giving them and going to give them, the advice will be:

        . be the best at what you do, or as good as you can be at what you do

        . always do your best

        . don’t worry what other people think  – sticks and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you

        . try to see things through other people’s eyes, if you want to understand people then try to get into their heads and look at things through their eyes and see what they are thinking and why

        . don’t play games and politics

        . don’t be scared of failure, if you’ve done your best and it didn’t work, learn from it and move on

        And with these rules and others, I have no fear that they will be held back or hold themselves back

        Something else I take from the article, is the point of doing the best to be inclusive, but not being inclusive just for the sake of being inclusive, ie just to make up the numbers. It was interesting to read of the candidates who didn’t make the grade their applications were re-assessed and the same conclusions drawn.

        The point stands, the job market needs to be made more accessible to encourage wider applications.

        Looking forward to your feedback,

        Andy.

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  4. Jitendra Kansal

    A warm welcome to Caroleigh and Sofie.

    Just curious to know who will be announcing Member of the Month (#MoM) and it is pending for July Month.

    Regards,

    JK

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  5. Jason Cao

    Welcome Caroleigh and Sofie! 🙂 Also, glad to see Audrey taking the lead for gamification activities on SCN – this has really been a fun addition to our traditional ways of supporting the community.

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  6. ' MoazzaM '

    Hi

    Congrats Audrey Stevenson for this new responsibility and good luck for your future endeavors. I am sure you’ll continue the journey which Laure started with this new SCN gamification and you’ll add value in this community with your ideas, knowlede, expertise and experience.

    Thank$

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    1. Audrey Stevenson

      Thank you, MoazzaM. They are big shoes to fill, but I come with a big heart and a lot of passion for this community, and I will endeavor always to do right by them.

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    1. Jason Cao

      Hi Jwala,

      Please post your request in the SCN Support space, and as soon as we can merge your accounts, our support team would be happy to do this for you. 🙂

      Regards,
      Jason

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