Working in the Mergers & Acquisitions IT communications team in the Cloud Delivery & Services organization, communicating across organizations is imperative.  Part of my job is to translate “IT” into English and make it understandable and actionable for the employees of our acquisitions.  A tall task when you are working across cultures, geographies, and companies.

I recently attended the Social Thinking session with Michelle Winner in the Dublin, CA office.  What you might not know about me is that I have a sister who is autistic and not very high functioning, so this topic hit close to home for me. Michelle explained that everyone processes information differently.  Some people are visual learners, some are verbal learners, and others need hands on experience.  The challenge is to try to create communications that meet a multitude of needs.  Personally, the discussion with Michelle gave me a lot to think about.  How do I adjust my communications with my sister since we communicate by phone (I’m in CA, she is in Chicago) since I can’t see her verbal cues? I think we have an interesting challenge in business as well to apply the principles discussed in the virtual world we work in at SAP.

I also had the opportunity to listen to Jenny Dearborn talk about Fashioning Your Personal Brand.  While I’ve heard discussions like this in the past, the handbook presented was very useful.  I shared it with a colleague who is looking to “up her game.”

Being a baby boomer, and later into my career, I am always looking for ways to communicate effectively across generations. For this reason, I am really looking forward to Adam Smiley Poswolsky’s discussion today on “Millennials and Meaning in the Workplace.”

Having worked in the Inclusion and Diversity team at Cisco for several years, I understand how programs around diversity, and more importantly, inclusion can help evolve the fabric of a company.  If we understand and leverage the diversity across teams, we can all help drive positive business results.

I am so appreciative of all the great sessions the Silicon Valley team is driving. I look forward to discovering what else Month of Inclusion has to offer for my continued personal development.

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