I have interned at SAP for two summers and am currently working full-time in Dublin, California for almost two years. I first heard about Month of Inclusion and, more specifically, the Valentine’s Day Beer Bash and the Chinese New Year Celebration Bash, when I was reading the weekly newsletter from SAP Silicon Valley. Being that I love working for this company and that I am of Chinese descent, I could not pass up the opportunity to participate in the Valentine’s Day Beer Bash and the Chinese New Year Celebration event! By registering for these events, I hoped that I would be able to network with other employees in a fun, casual environment through beer and delicious food, have a greater understanding of the Chinese culture through celebration, and have a deeper appreciation for this company.

On Thursday February 12th, 2015, love and excitement was in the air when I attended the Valentine’s Day Beer Bash. The first highlights from the event were free SAP beer mugs! I also enjoyed the plethora of delicious food and desserts, and the beer and wine were excellent. In addition, the beer was being served to us by upper-level managers of the company. How awesome is that! It was a fun and relaxing atmosphere, as determined by the enjoyment and laughter seen from the employees’ faces. This event showed that SAP does a superior job of caring for their employees and their well-being.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Chinese New Year Celebration Bash on Wednesday February 18th, 2015. This event featured a lot of Chinese decorations and sweets. In addition, trivia questions were shown on the flat-screen TV’s to test our current knowledge of China. After failing to answer most of the questions correctly, I knew that I have a lot left to learn about China. This inspired me to travel back to China in the future and to explore its history, geography, and culture in person. I appreciate SAP for hosting an event that allowed me to return back to my roots!

These Month of Inclusion events are a great way to engage the employees socially and to expose them to different cultures. I look forward to more events like this in the future!

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