On a recent gray Saturday, the halls inside Austin High School couldn’t have been brighter and more vibrant. Girls in 3rd-8th grade, alongside their parents, educators, and mentors, gathered on November 5th for the 9th annual We Are Girls Conference, hosted by Girls Empowerment Network (GEN). GEN has been a long-time partner in Dell’s Youth Learning program. It’s a wonderful organization that creates afterschool programs and workshops for young girls and teens. Today, Ami Kane, Development Director for GEN, recaps for us a recent session Dell volunteers sponsored at their annual conference, on a very relevant and important topic – cyberbullying.************More than 2,200 registrants turned out for this special event designed especially for girls. This year’s theme was “Find Your Power.” Featuring skill-building workshops and dynamic presentations, the We Are Girls Conference connects girls to relatable role models and encourages healthy relationships, educational discovery, and creative self-expression.One such skill-building workshop was run by dedicated volunteers from Dell, through a special partnership with PACERS National Bullying Prevention Center. The workshop was called, You’re Not Alone®: Unite Together Against CYBERBULLYING.When the workshop began, the facilitator, Wade Magnum, US Small Business Finance Controller for Dell, asked the group of middle school girls, “How many of you have seen or experienced cyberbullying happen?” Every hand in the room went up.Throughout the rest of the curriculum, the girls and volunteers dug into this serious topic and brainstormed together what to do the next time they see cyberbullying. The girls learned solutions, like:Be victim’s friendEncourage victimTell trusted adultReport post on social mediaBlock bully on social mediaThey also worked to practice empathy for the bully, a skill which would help them identify and prevent potential bullying behaviors in themselves when they are going through a tough time. They reflected on what might cause someone to bully others, like: a tough home life, personal insecurities and trying to fit in, and an unhealthy way of expressing anger.When asked themselves what they could do, the girls proposed three top solutions to deal with bullying together:Don’t give the bully an audienceStart anti-bullying group at schoolTell a trusted adultBy the end of the workshop time, the girls all got to make a pledge of a few things that they personally vow to practice to help with bullying prevention. Everyone in the group wrote it on a paper leaf and took turns placing it on the “Unity Tree.” Each girl walked out of the workshop more connected to others, united, and motivated to find their own personal power against bullying—a wish for all girls and shared by GEN, PACERS, and Dell!************Ami Kane is the Development Director at the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) in Austin, TX, where she first came on staff in 2010. She is originally from the Indianapolis area which is where her passion for girl services began. Prior to GEN, she worked for Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis for many years during which time she completed her bachelor’s degree and later received her master’s in Nonprofit Management.Since 2011, Ami has had the joy of working alongside Dell and its employee volunteers in the creation and growth of GEN’s tech focused program, GirlConnect. She a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Impact Austin, and the Leadership Austin Emerge class of 2014. She is passionate about helping young women give back and her largest volunteer commitment each year is leading the girls’ giving circle, Girls Giving Grants.
The tech media loves lists, and rarely a day goes by when a new one isn’t published. Frankly, it’s hard to keep up with them, but one recent list caught my attention: The Forbes “Cloud 100.” The story accompanying the list invites readers to “meet the hottest private tech companies in cloud computing for 2017.”While it’s great to see many Dell customers and partners on the list, this year it’s especially exciting to see four Dell Technologies Capital portfolio companies in the Forbes “Cloud 100” (all four actually land in the top 40!).Dell Technologies Capital is an active early-stage investor, funding more than 70 startups since its inception five years ago, with the mission of helping founders and their teams develop innovative technology solutions and bring them to market. The investment team is comprised of experienced industry veterans with a strong mix of both operational and investment expertise, giving them not only the insight to identify promising technologies and teams early-on but also the knowledge and skill to help the portfolio companies achieve scale. They do this astonishingly well, investing approximately $100 million dollars annually, and leveraging the power of the Dell brand and Dell Technologies family of companies to deliver innovative, cutting-edge solutions to our customers.Kudos to all our portfolio companies that made the Forbes “Cloud 100” list! It’s quite a distinction—especially given all the startups and mature companies vying for attention in an increasingly crowded space. These companies all have strong teams, clear vision and amazing technology that is helping customers in a real way—whether that be providing protection against cyber-attacks, enabling storage and analytics platforms for big data, or managing the litany of electronic transactions we all deal with on a daily basis.Below are the four cloud startups in Dell Technologies Capital’s portfolio that made the Forbes “Cloud 100” list. #4 DocusignDocuSign provides electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services. According to DocuSign, more than 200 million people currently use DocuSign to send and sign agreements online.#13 ZscalerZscaler is a leading cloud security company, whose solutions, including the industry’s first Security as a Service platform, are used by more than 5,000 leading organizations, protecting more than 15 million users worldwide against cyber-attacks and data breaches.#17 CylanceCylance’s technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict and prevent execution of advanced threats and malware at the endpoint. #40 MongoDBMongoDB, Inc. is a software company developing and providing the leading, modern database platform. Built to run applications at scale across a broad range of use cases in the cloud, on-premise or in a hybrid environment, MongoDB works with companies in every industry, from startups to large enterprise organizations.More information about Dell Technologies Capital, including its current portfolio and previous investments, is available at delltechnologies.com/capital.Follow us:Twitter: @DellTechCapitalLinkedIn: Dell Technologies Capital
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Statistics for 2020 show deaths spiked in Poland to a level unseen since World War II and births sharply declined, trends that are being attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported Tuesday that Poland registered 357,400 births last year, the lowest number since 2005, and some 486,200 deaths. The overall data showed a population loss of some 129,000 people, compared with a decline of some 36,400 in 2019. The newspaper says the low birth rate surprised observers because some experts predicted the lockdown measures the Polish government has imposed on and off since mid-March would lead to a baby boom. Poland has a population of more than 38 million.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Open tournament director expects the year’s first tennis major to start as scheduled next week despite 160 players being among the 507 people forced back into isolation after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for COVID-19. Craig Tiley says “We will be starting on Monday and we have no intention of changing times.” Melbourne Park was almost empty as Tiley spoke to media. All matches in all six warmup events were postponed Thursday after the state government announced the new coronavirus case overnight. Tiley says all 160 players would undergo testing and the tuneup tournaments will resume Friday.