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Remembering TechEd Leading Lady and Aviator, Diane Davis

The race is run, but we’re not done! Help put the “fun-ding”
into the Diane Davis Fundraiser

Before the crack of dawn on Wednesday with a record breaking 707 runners registered, a throng of techies showed up in support of the Diane Davis Memorial Run at 2016 TechEd Las Vegas.  Diane was a 23 year long SAP veteran, early TechEd event designer, and beloved friend and colleague. As a fan of aviation, Diane would have been pleased by the irony of the number 707,  since the Boeing 707 was an important historical aircraft which helped usher in the Jet Age as the first commercially viable jetliner rolled out in Diane’s home state of Washington in 1958. Coincidence or fate?

Based on her love of aviation, the charity selected as the beneficiary of the Diane Davis Memorial Fundraiser, was nonprofit, Women in Aviation International, And SAP will be matching donations but we need everyone’s help to reach our fundraising goal for this great organization that supports STEM programs (women and men, girls and boys all welcomed!) to help people reach their aviation goals.

We need your help!

Help remember Diane Davis in the Diane Davis Memorial Fundraiser benefitting non-profit Women in Aviation International (WAI). In Diane’s memory, SAP will match all donations up to $5,000,to WAI, a non-profit dedicated to a cause Diane was passionate about,  but we’re only 25% of the way towards our goal. Your contribution via the SAP special donation site on the WAI web site will support aviation focused STEM programs for girls and young women, helping them reach their aviation goals. And, if you’re attending TechEd this year, consider participating in the Diane Davis Memorial Fun Run/Walk. 

  • Please support our Diane Davis Memorial Fundraiser and DONATE HERE
In the Diane Davis Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk in Las Vegas, first women’s finisher, Jen Luckowski, from the SAP Events team joins first men’s finisher, Bjoern Nielsen, from Vestas Wind System A/S, at the finish line.
Over  707 runners registered for the run!

Diane Davis was a member of Women in Aviation International, a non-profit charity helping girls and women realize a wide variety of aviation dreams.

Get to know Diane Davis:

Diane was TechEd’s Air Traffic control, Flight Planner and Dispatcher, working very hard in the background, ensuring every attendee’s experience was as smooth (or smoother) than your arrival at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. She worked with passion orchestrating arrivals, departures, juggling both ground control and the tower for thousands of SAP customers, partners, SAP employees and her beloved team members in the process.

As the SAP Events team prepare for yet again another SAP TechEd event, this year we cannot avoid the empty hole which lurks during every briefing call, every email and every SAP TechEd discussion..  This is a hole that never can be filled as it represents the emptiness we have experienced by the passing of our SAP TechEd “mama”, our dear friend and colleague Diane Davis.

Diane worked with SAP for 22 years and held numerous positions on the Global Events team.  Her influence on many aspects of each event had contributed and resulted in elements which are now noted as integral to the success of our events today. Diane was a strong team player, always willing to help in any way, shape or form. She would do anything for her friends, her team and SAP. Always a pleasure to work with, Diane was the perfect example of a lady who represented the power and influence of women across the SAP Events Team – everyone stopped to listen when Diane had something to say.

We hope all SAP TechEd Las Vegas attendees take the opportunity to participate in this 5k and exercise their bodies and minds, while also remembering a well-respected and important member of the event.

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