Thursday Mar 27, 2008

Boston Area Women Celebrate w/ a Mayor and 1000+ Toiletry Items!

Sun's Boston area women wrapped up Women's History Month today in our Nashua, NH office.

We concluded a month long Toiletry Drive across our Burlington, MA and Nashua, NH locations.  The collection resulted in well over 1000+ items (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, etc, etc, etc!) for Bridges-NH, an agency that supports victims of domestic and sexual violence.

The majority of the donated items were travel sized bottles - the kind you pick up in your hotel while on vacation or business travel.  Hotels and casinos from around the world were represented, indicating where our employees and our friends travel for business and pleasure  (it was actually fun to sort thru this stuff and think of warm places, esp. since there's still some snow on the ground here in NH!)

It also struck me that many of our employees made the extra effort to actually check their luggage to bring back stashes of collected hotel toiletries from their trips to support this effort. (Thanks everyone! The extra effort to do that is going to make a lot of struggling women happy!)

Dawn Reams, the Executive Director of Bridges-NH came to Sun's office this morning to pick up our HUGE donation and tell our employees more about Bridges-NH. 

We also had a special guest visit us! (Who also brought a bag full of toiletries to our drive!).  Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua, NH's 55th Mayor who was elected this fall, visited Sun's Nashua office for a roundtable discussion with employees.   Mayor Lozeau is part of Women's History, which is impressive for someone so young. :-)   She is the first woman Mayor in Nashua's 155+ year history and began her political career when she was in her early 20s at the NH Statehouse.  

(L-R: Dawn Reams, Bridges-NH; Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, City of Nashua; Sandy Belknap, Sun Microsystems stand in front of over 1000 boxed toiletry items destined for Bridges-NH in Sun's Nashua office.)

We had a great  discussion this morning where the Mayor shared some of her experiences and observations of the differences and similarities between the public and private sector.  I think that she even motivated some people to get more engaged in their local community activities and city/town government.   That in itself says a lot about Mayor Lozeau's inclusive and transparent leadership style.

It was quite an inspirational way to start our day!

Tuesday Mar 18, 2008

Women's History Month Event - Colorado

Girls Inc. Girls Night Out -

Beads, Bracelets and Bonding! Women@Sun-Colorado hosted our second annual GNO (Girls Night Out) as the Denver chapter of Girls Incorporated ( on Friday, March 14th. We had 15 girls attend the event along with 2 Girls Inc. staff members. The theme of this year's Women's History Month is "Women in the Arts," so to coordinate with that theme, we made beaded bracelets with the girls while we shared a pasta dinner. We had a discussion about women in the arts (theater, music, artists, fashion, etc.). The girls told stories of who inspires them and who does not. We talked about reasons to tap into your creative side and why the arts is so important in schools and life.

Thank you to Jenn Larkin, Jamie Hughes and Staci McKee for planning and attending this event. The Girls Inc. staff has asked that we continue to keep up this tradition and asked for our involvement in their job readiness program which teaches the girls skill such as interviewing, resume writing, etc. Staci McKee will be following up on this request to coordinate some volunteers for this Girls Inc. program.

Girls Incorporated is a national, nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.

Monday Jan 14, 2008

Women@Sun and SL

I'm on the Women@Sun leadership team. 

We're working up an idea that would involve doing a private screening of a special multimedia event in Second Life for our Sun employees.

Details are still being worked out, but I'm hopeful.

If you haven't yet checked out Sun's presence in Second Life it's worth a look.

(log in; search on Sun Microsystems)

I'll keep you posted...



Thursday Jan 03, 2008

Rise Up. Reach Down.

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Sun Women in the Boston area attending the annual Mass. Conference for Women

Today, I'm tidying up my workspace, and found the program from this event with some of my notes (I resolve that next year, I'll bring a real notebook to write in because there was so much good content to jot down!)  

A quote that I'd jotted down from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Anna Quindlen's keynote caught my eye. 


 "Rise Up. Reach Down."

She talked about her family and how women's roles have changed over time and during her lifetime.  Her story was of three women who happened to be her mother, herself and her daughter.  But, the one thing that she said that really made an impact on me was something very  simple but profound: "Rise Up. Reach Down."

With the start of the New Year, we look for inspiration as we look ahead to the next 365 days (actually 366 days in 2008!)  

These 4 words are my inspiration.


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