Last week, I joined Dell and Adrian Grenier as we hosted the Legacy of Good Change Maker Brunch — a new way of bringing together fellow change makers looking to collaborate and innovate to create positive impacts for our communities and planet. Karen Courter along with the Change Maker panelists who spoke about how we give a voice to our next generation of female leaders. From left: Alexis Jones, Saanya Bhargava, Mikaila Ulmer, and Tamara Hudgins.Saanya spoke on March 14 at the SXSW Change Maker event’s all-female panel (above) focused on how we give a voice to our next generation of female leaders—an important aspect of Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan.View a livestream of the panel discussion here, to hear more from Saanya and the other panelists including: 12-year-old Mikaila Ulmer, founder and CEO of BeeSweet Lemonade; Alexis Jones, founder of I AM THAT GIRL and ProtectHer; and Tamara Hudgins, executive director of Girlstart.Sustainable packaging and upcycling is all part of our 2020 Legacy of Good, our commitment is to put our technology and expertise to use where it can do the most good for people and the planet. You can learn more about our ocean plastics packaging approach and program in this white paper and video. We kicked off this meet-up at the Dell Experience at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with a panel led by the Lonely Whale Foundation Executive Director Dune Ives, joined by actor and Dell social good advocate Adrian Grenier, Dell’s packaging engineer Oliver Campbell, and artist/conservationist Ben Von Wong. It turned out to be a really interesting discussion about how these talented people are working to address the challenges facing our oceans.Dell shares with these people a real passion for our planet—and for big ideas that disrupt business as usual and transform our world for the better—even if they seem like crazy ideas at first.Fifteen-year-old Saanya Bhargava knows all about crazy ideas. She helped motivate Dell’s ocean plastics program after a science competition drove her and her dad, Piyush Bhargava, Dell’s Vice President of Global Operations, to dig into the question: Could Dell use ocean plastic waste in its packaging?On February 28, Dell announced our industry’s first ocean bound plastic packaging pilot for our signature consumer laptop, the XPS 13 2-in-1. More on that story here.Our ocean plastics work is a great example of how big ideas can result in big success, even if they take a winding path to get there. That was a shared sentiment amongst Saanya and the other three female panelists she spoke with last Tuesday, as part of our meet-up.As the host of that panel, it was great to hear Saanya talk about how she has felt empowered to get involved in STEM. And we’re glad she did! With her dad’s support, she inspired Dell—and she continues to inspire others to think big and share ideas.Our Q&A below with Saanya shares more about her involvement in Dell’s ocean plastics program and the Change Maker event, and how she thinks her generation can affect positive change.Saanya is a high school student and co-founder of STEM Advocacy Conference of Texas (SACOT), a student-led organization created to help spread STEM through advocacy in local and state governments of Texas. She competes in UIL Robotics and her team won the UIL State Championship and placed 7th in the world championship in 2016.How did you get interested in STEM and do you think STEM skills help put your sustainability passions to use? I have always had a strong interest in STEM subjects since middle school. This interest led me to explore a problem of ocean plastic pollution through a research paper that I wrote for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Inspire competition as well as the Google Science Fair. The analytical skills that allow you to go in-depth on a problem, presented in STEM-related subjects, have provided me a strong foundation for my journey in sustainability.Saanya, we understand you played a role in Dell’s ocean plastics program. Can you tell us how you got inspired by ocean plastics?My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Burnett, was describing a huge plastic island the size of Texas, floating in the Pacific Ocean. This image stuck in my mind when I was looking for research paper topics my freshman year. I decided I wanted to address this issue through people who could do something about it!My dad connected me with Dell’s Packaging Director Oliver Campbell, who was also exploring this topic. Oliver has been a great mentor. In the summer of 2016, I was able to participate in research work on the development of an ocean plastics supply chain, documented in the white paper Dell published. I realized that the impact of my research was beyond winning a science competition—it was about changing the world.What are the challenges of your generation in affecting positive change?My generation has been exposed to the use of technology at a very younger age. This gives us a unique perspective on how technology can enable solutions. However, many in my generation are yet to gain credibility with key decision makers. That is why youth empowerment is a critical enabler for success.And what are some personal challenges you’ve overcome? Being a girl in STEM has brought some challenges. As an example, my freshman robotics team—of mostly boys—did not recognize my full potential and predisposed me to non-technical roles. I had to reach into my strengths to create significant roles using my skills and bring more parity in the team. As I understand, my experience is very similar to what some women face in the workplace today. I have learned that staying the course and advocating for gender equality in teams is key to gaining confidence as a girl in STEM.The idea behind the Change Maker meet-up is: when we work together, we accomplish more for our world. So how are you collaborating and what’s your goal? I see how collaborating with like-minded high-school students can create momentum and build a powerful voice that can influence change. I just launched a new youth initiative called impact.gravitas which strives to solve the ocean plastic problem through collaboration with companies like Dell, NGOs, policy makers, and concerned individuals. I’m pretty active on Twitter @impactgravitas with spreading awareness about the problem and what we’re doing to change it.
We’ve come a long way since Dell EMC and Cisco jointly pioneered the converged infrastructure (CI) industry back in 2009. Now, nearly a decade later, there’s a new generation. The new Dell EMC VxBlock 1000 breaks the boundaries of traditional CI as an all-in-one converged system designed for all workloads.What does that mean for Dell EMC channel partners? Here’s the top seven reasons this matters for you.This is a BIG market opportunity. The rumors of CI’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite a perception that this category is fading in relevance, the outlook for the CI market is looking strong. The latest IDC report values it at $2.99B in FY18, Q3.We are #1 in converged1, and now it’s all in one system. VxBlock 1000 gives customers the industry’s top CI platform as an all-in-one system that addresses all workloads. It’s a powerful message to take to your customers.CI, now with a simpler and shorter sales cycle. The all-in-one flexibility of VxBlock 1000 eliminates the past complexities of custom CI builds and special approvals. That means faster time to purchase, deployment and, most importantly, margins.Win more and go deeper into accounts by addressing customer needs. There’s a sizable customer demand for simple, comprehensive CI platforms as a fast track to data center modernization. Positioning VxBlock 1000 gives you deeper account relationships and strategic partner status.Boost sales with great attach potential. VxBlock is the converged delivery vehicle for all Dell EMC storage and data protection products, including the latest that serve as the foundation for data center modernization. This means great opportunities to sell comprehensive solutions with strong margins for you.Dell EMC and Cisco will have your back. Dell EMC and Cisco are making big investments this year in joint channel enablement programs for CI, giving you the wind at your back needed to generate demand and accelerate pre- and post-sales cycles.You’ll have all the marketing and sales assets you need to succeed. Partners have access to a comprehensive library of case making content assets to create and win opportunities. Visit the Dell EMC VxBlock homepage and Enablement Center to start your VxBlock push in 2018._______________________________________________________________________IDC WW Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, Q3 2017, December 2017, Vendor Revenue
NEW YORK (AP) — A head-scratching David and Goliath story is playing out on Wall Street over the stock price of a money-losing video game retailer. An army of smaller-pocketed, optimistic investors is throwing dollars and buy orders at the stock of GameStop _ in direct opposition to a group of wealthy investors who are counting on the stock price to plunge. The resulting action is wild, with GameStop’s stock soaring nearly 145% in less than two hours Monday morning, only for the gains to disappear quickly afterward. And so far, the smaller investors appear to be winning.
NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Republican National Committee is declining to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the party would stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary. She also described the pro-Trump conspiracy theory group known as QAnon as “dangerous.” The national GOP, under McDaniel’s leadership, spent the last four years almost singularly focused on Trump’s reelection. But should he run again in 2024 — as he has suggested he wants to — she said the national party infrastructure would not support his ambitions over those of other prospective candidates.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has denied a request by two American Indian tribes to shut down construction of a contentious crude oil pipeline project in northern Minnesota. Opponents of the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, led by the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, said in their petition that construction would destroy land that is protected by treaty and violate cultural and religious rights. Enbridge said the petition had no merit and did not “recognize the exhaustive and meticulous review” of the project. Other cases seeking to halt Line 3 remain in the appeals court.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Deutsche Bank has turned in a profit of 624 million euros for the pandemic year 2020. Germany’s largest bank said that cost cutting over the past several years was paying off. The cost cuts are part of a long-term transformation aimed at reducing riskier or less profitable lines of business and refocusing on its European and German client base. On top of that, the turbulent year saw more revenues from trading bonds and currencies. CEO Christian Sewing said Thursday that the bank has moved through a transitional period of restructuring and was now looking ahead to sustainable profits.