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Cadence and our employees were proud to show appreciation for our Veteran employees, their families, and all who have served the United States this Veterans Day. Honoring our military's personnel, Cadence observed Veterans Day as a holiday in the U.S. and our Veterans Inclusion Group planned a number of activities and donations.
We kicked off Veterans Day weekend with a hybrid Military Model Building Workshop across four Cadence sites in the U.S. Employees came together in support of their Veteran colleagues and assembled a model of their choice representing the different branches of our Armed Forces, shared photos and stories, and heard from Veterans Inclusion Group Lead Johnathan Edmonds. Thank you to everyone who made this celebration so special.
We were also thrilled to host Guillermo Diaz, Jr., Chairman of the Hispanic Technology Executive Council and CEO of Conectado, Inc., for an inspiring virtual fireside chat moderated by Mark Murphy, VP of Sales Operations. During this talk, Guillermo shared his experiences from the United States Navy to how he rose through the ranks of Silicon Valley to become Chief Information Officer at Cisco, where he served as the executive sponsor for their Veteran and Latinx Employee Resource Groups. We also learned about the power of mentorships and his 4 Cs of success: courage, confidence, connections, and credibility.
In addition, the inclusion group made donations to Veterans of Foreign Wars and Wounded Warrior Project, two organizations that are dedicated to fighting for the rights, entitlements, and empowerment of service members and their families.
We interviewed several of our incredible Veteran employees to hear what this commemorative day means to them.
"As a Veteran, I am privileged to be the Veterans Inclusion Group executive sponsor. Through shared experiences and common purpose, we have seen this group form meaningful connections between both Veteran employees and allies across the company. It is my honor to work with such strong and resourceful individuals who have shown their dedication to our country, its guiding principles, and our overall success as a business. I thank them for all they have done. Without their diverse perspective and thought, we would not be the industry leaders we are today." - Mark Murphy, VP of Sales Operations and Executive Sponsor of our Veterans Inclusion Group
"Veterans Day means saying thanks to the ones who have served the ideals framed in our constitution. Furthermore, I believe it is the American people's way to show appreciation for the sacrifices made to protect our values. It's a very powerful thing to think so many are celebrating our Veterans across the country." - Johnathan Edmonds, Design Engineering Architect and Veterans Inclusion Group Lead
"The Veterans Inclusion Group is a life-changing connection. Without it, I would not have had the chance to join Cadence and begin my dream career. From the Army's 'One Team, One Fight,' to 'One Cadence - One Team,' I have the opportunity to continue to support our Veterans!" - Stevie Dong, IPG HPP Intern
"Our Veterans Inclusion Group gives me the extra perspective needed to act on our diversity goals and provides a foundation to continue building our culture as we scale Veteran hiring objectives." - Joey Casarez, Principal Recruiter