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HPE inspiring International Womens Day Celebration

HPE’s Global Women’s Network International Women’s Day event was held in Houston and webcast globally on March 7th. The theme of this year’s event was #BalanceforBetter. Our senior leaders shared inspiring messages about HPE’s commitment to provide a best in class workplace for our employees to #BalanceforBetter.

Archana Deskus; Katie Goodman; Alan May; Melanie Merton;  Pam Carter; Alessandra GinanteArchana Deskus; Katie Goodman; Alan May; Melanie Merton; Pam Carter; Alessandra Ginante

HPE employees were inspired by senior leaders including Alan May, Executive Vice President of Human Resources; Alessandra Ginante,  Chief Talent Officer; Archie (Archana) Deskus, SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Pam Carter, who serves on our Board of Directors.

Alan May, shared that his personal commitment to #BalanceforBetter was ignited through his Mom and her career and how the legacy continues as he supports the careers of his wife and daughters.  His family motivates him to ensure that HPE is a “best in class” employer.

Our Chief Talent Officer, Alessandra Ginante, helped kick off the event.  She shared her commitment to #balanceforbetter and driving programs to make an impact.

HPE's global women’s employee resource network leader, Melanie Merton, shared the role the Global Women’s Group is taking in inspiring our employees to make an impact across the globe and a strategy for continuing to drive results.

HPE SVP and CIO, Archie Deskus announced the winners of the annual HPE Women’s Excellence Award.  She shared the difficulty the selection committee had selecting 10 global award winners from the over 300 nominees.   We were inspired by the accomplishments of each Women's Excellence Award winner and the difference they make at HPE and in the community. 

This years award winners are:

Ity Kanoria, Data ScientistIty Kanoria, Data ScientistIty Kanoria is a Data Scientist at HPE

She loves being a Data Scientist and creating new models for customer targeting, engagement and collaboration.





Michelle Weiss, VP Global MarketingMichelle Weiss, VP Global Marketing

Michelle Weiss is the HPE Vice President of , Global Marketing. 

Michelle is interested in all things marketing because it is a constantly evolving profession.






Anca Maria Sandu, EMEA Credit Regional ManagerAnca Maria Sandu, EMEA Credit Regional Manager

Anca Maria Sandu is the HPE EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa) Regional Credit Manager. 

Anca has expertise in credit and collections, financial analysis, risk management, and accounts receivable management.





Kalyani K. Sr Manager - Global OperationsKalyani K. Sr Manager - Global OperationsKalyani K is an HPE Sub Region Manager of Global Operations. 

Kalyani believes in “grow and let grow,” inspiring your team to grow along with you.






Sripriya Jayaraman, Senior Manager, Pointnext Escalations ManagementSripriya Jayaraman, Senior Manager, Pointnext Escalations ManagementSripriya Jayaraman is a Senior Manager of HPE Pointnext Escalations Management. 

She enjoys building and leading strong teams, and thrives on challenges where she can provide solutions.






Maria Cino, VP Corporate Affairs, AmericasMaria Cino, VP Corporate Affairs, Americas

Maria Cino is the HPE VP of Corporate Affairs for the Americas.

Maria is passionate about mentoring and promoting women to leadership positions in the public and private sector.





Jill Sweeney, Section Leader, Computer HPC/AI and Solutions Knowledge ManagementJill Sweeney, Section Leader, Computer HPC/AI and Solutions Knowledge Management

Jill Sweeney is the HPE Section Leader for Compute, High Performance Computing (HPC)/Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Solutions Knowledge Management.

She is passionate about promoting STEM careers, employee engagement, and all things emerging tech.





Muna Munir Issa, CEEMA SBP Sales ManagerMuna Munir Issa, CEEMA SBP Sales Manager

Muna Munir Issa is the HPE CEEMA SBP Sales Manager.

She aspires to positively impact the channel and distribution community business in a leadership capacity.





Kameliya Moncheva, Operations Manager, Shared Delivery Services, HPE Pointnext Operations & EnablementKameliya Moncheva, Operations Manager, Shared Delivery Services, HPE Pointnext Operations & EnablementKameliya Moncheva is the Operations Manager for Shared Delivery Services with HPE Pointnext Operations & Enablement. 

She selected the people management career path because of her interest in working with people to drive great results professionally as well as personally.






Donna Rucker, Data ScientistDonna Rucker, Data ScientistDonna Rucker is a Data Scientist at HPE.

She is interested in big data analytics, process automation, machine learning, business consulting, project management, and system design and development.





Our employees were inspired by phenomenal speakers, including Pam Carter of the HPE Board of Directors and Katie Goodman, an award-winning comedian, author, and motivational speaker.

Pam Carter was the first African American Attorney General in the United States.  She shared her amazing career journey and how she was inspired to make a difference by her grandfather.  Pam attained multiple degrees including a Juris Doctorate (JD),  led a large global manufacturing company, successfully balanced a career and motherhood and successfully battling breast cancer. She inspired us by sharing how like a lioness she has found a way to make a difference and along the way has made history.

Katie Goodman engaged our audience through sharing how we can innovate and create through working together. She utilized her background in improvisational comedy to provide exercises each of us can use to brainstorm and create solutions leveraging each other’s unique ideas.

Employees in Houston had the opportunity to take professional headshots, network with leaders from our local employee resource groups, make a difference by donating suits to Dress for Success, as well as share why they #sitwithme by sitting in the NCWIT red chair and sharing on social media why they advocate for women in technology as well as meet with our various wellness program partners.

Watch parties were held at HPE locations throughout the globe including Alpharetta, Georgia; Costa Rica and the Philippines.

From the Philippines, to Alpharetta to Costa Rica!From the Philippines, to Alpharetta to Costa Rica!

In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Better the balance, better the world,” we encourage you each to share how we #BalanceforBetter.

Katelyn Molnar, Human Resources Strategy & Operations at Hewlett Packard EnterpriseKatelyn Molnar, Human Resources Strategy & Operations at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
About the writer: 
Katelyn Molnar is an HR Operations Advisor for the Hybrid IT HR Strategy and Operations organization and is the FY19 Global Women’s Network Communications Co-Chair. In addition to supporting both the HR and HIT organizations, she partners with pan-HR teams to lead and support programs at the local and global level.

Katelyn holds a B.A. in Communications and minor in Business Administration from Salisbury University and an M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Capella University.

Connect with Katelyn on LinkedIn and reach out to Global Women’s Network to learn more about how you can get involved in HPE’s Women’s Network!

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