As Month of Inclusion approached SAP Silicon Valley, I was encouraged by Raquel Fanucchi to take advantage of the opportunity and attend some of the great events. As the Sr. Planner within GFM Facilities in Palo
Alto, I was excited about the opportunity.
I jumped on board and signed up for 4 sessions: Millennials and
Meaning in the Workplace with Adam Smiley, How
Kids are Wired: Understanding the Inner Life of Kids with George Papageorge,
Early Childhood Education, and the Elevator Pitch workshop.
Even though my days are often filled with impromptu meetings,
planning discussions & revamping of existing plans due to organizational
changes, I am fortunate that I was able to follow through with the commitment I made when registering to attend these great events.
My first session: Millennials and Meaning in the Workplace. I entered the room with my perception on Millennials and was all set to hear about their me, me, me, attitude and why we are tearing down cube walls and creating
all of these open floor plans to accommodate them.
My hope on attending the session was that I would better
understand their needs and asks as we continue to make space changes here in Palo Alto.
Shortly after Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky began to speak, it was not
what I was expecting to hear. I was there to figure out how to deal with the
me, me , me attitude and changes in the workplace.
Instead I was being moved and inspired by Smiley’s life story as
he reached out to us to speak on finding purpose and meaning in your job and
life discussing with us all: What drives you, what inspires you, Discover your WHY.
Smiley continued to explain the importance on finding Believers:
people who support you, your ideas and your dreams. He explained how we need to seek purpose and mastery within our jobs, own what we do and enjoy your craft.
Adam described how we need to be our own HR Department and articulate
our story. He encouraged us to make the ask and to put ourselves out
there and put what we want out there; essentially, do not be afraid to speak up.
It was so much more than I expected and I realized how my
original perception of Millennials was wrong. They aren’t a me, me, me
generation but actually a caring generation seeking purpose in what they do and how they do it.
I personally would recommend this session to everyone so that
they can hear Smiley’s story and begin to determine if they are making an
impact in what they do and determine if it gives them the quality of life they want.
I hope to use this new understanding in my role when engaged
with employees on discussing space and requirements to try and better
understand what drives and inspires them as they seek purpose on discovering their WHY!
I am excited to attend the subsequent Month of Inclusion
sessions I have signed up for and am looking forward to the new things I will
be surprised with and learn during these sessions.