Every day Symantec employees across countries and business units collaborate to deliver on our mission of protecting our customers, our communities and our planet.
We are happy to feature a quarterly series – Inspired, United, Ignited: Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility Champions - that profiles stand out examples of our how our employees directly contribute to social and environmental causes. Some participate on our local community relations committees, are members of our Green Teams or champions for our employee resource groups; others are innovating to address needs in their function or region. All are inspiring others, uniting communities and igniting change to make Symantec a leading corporate citizen and to make our world a safer place.
Today we feature our Q3 CR Champion Rebecca Teece, Principal Recruiter ANZ & ASEAN, Symantec Talent Acquisition.
Since Rebecca Teece was a teenager, volunteering and giving back has been important to her. While she spends her days helping Symantec recruit top talent in the Pacific and ASEAN markets, she has found the time to support and drive Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) program both through her role and her personal passions.
“I am lucky in that my role is a natural fit with CR. I speak to nearly every person in our organization, in our region. I am responsible for showing people how and why Symantec’s culture is unique and the broad array of benefits a career here can bring. Today so many people I speak with, and myself, want a career that allows them to give back, to make an impact on our world. I lead with CR because it is what employees care about and I can assure them this is a core piece of having a career with Symantec.”
About three years ago, Rebecca was actively volunteering in her community, however, she wished she could bring her career and giving together. After speaking with a lead of her local community relations committee she became aware of the opportunities to support CR and give back through the business.
“It really is about awareness. Understanding the opportunities from Dollars for Doers to Green Teams to employee resource groups, to how you can shape your own initiative through your specific role with the company. Everyone has the time and capacity to be a part of CR at Symantec. The more of us that do, the more opportunities and positive impact we’ll create.”
Today Rebecca is part of Symantec’s Australia community relations committee. As part of the committee, Rebecca has participated in numerous initiatives across four community engagement pillars (STEM, online safety, diversity and environmental responsibility), including:
- Organizing Symantec’s first event for the company’s “Going Green in 2018” campaign
- Symantec’s partnership to create opportunities for workers with Autism
- A cyber security innovation challenge with Sydney University
- Organization of local events such as glass recycling in Sydney and the Cure Brain Cancer Walk as part of Global Service Week
- Visiting the Salvation Army during the holidays
- Helping Youth off the Street keep displaced youth engaged in school
She agrees that finding the time can be difficult, but it is worth every minute.
“It may just be a one-off or a small amount of time you give, however, the benefits are significant. Professionals at any level – from manager to C-level – will practice their leadership and collaboration skills in a new way. You’ll meet and network with an extended network, grow your relationships across the company and expose yourself to a diversity of colleagues.
During Global Service Week we were brought together in a new way, working with people we never would have otherwise. It brings a new face to your company, and also a fresh perspective on your own life, your privileges and the importance of not taking what you have for granted.
This ripple effect resonates with yourself, your team, but most importantly together impacts our entire organization.”
What’s a Birthday Celebration without the Cake? Celebrating our Volunteer of the Quarter
Symantec’s Volunteer of the Quarter initiative highlights and rewards those employees who dedicate their time and talents to those in need. We have a long and proud history of encouraging our employees to volunteer. While the driving force of our efforts is largely altruistic, there is even more to volunteering than giving back to our communities. Volunteering makes our company a better place to work, so employees are helping both Symantec and the organizations they volunteer for.
Today we highlight our Volunteer of the Quarter Charlene Brown, Sr. Business Operations Analyst, Consumer Business & Sales Operations, Mountain View.
We’re committed to building a culture that enables employees to apply their time and talents to the issues they care most deeply about, and from our Matching Gifts to Dollars for Doers to our Take 5! Initiative, we have designed a competitive benefits program to encourage and maximize volunteer and philanthropic efforts.
For Volunteer of the Quarter Charlene Brown, this was ensuring every child has the chance to feel special at least one day a year, on perhaps the most important day – their birthday. After searching on Symantec’s volunteer platform Giving Station, Charlene identified Cake4Kids, a nonprofit that bakes and delivers birthday cakes for foster children and at risk youth.
Cake4Kids mission statement is “Every child should feel special at least one day a year” and the organization relies mostly on volunteers, or home bakers, who bake and deliver custom birthday/celebration cakes to assist under-privileged children and youth in group homes, at a domestic violence or human trafficking agency/shelter, in low income housing with or without a parent, or even homeless.
Charlene began baking for Cake4Kids in October 2017. There are no minimum commitments, volunteers choose cakes from their online calendar as their schedule allows. Volunteers purchase all supplies, bake the cakes and deliver to the recipient organizations. Cake4Kids provides an extra touch, requiring that cakes be personalized with the child’s name directly on the cake and in a cake box.
You’re thinking – I could never do this, she must be a natural baker. For Charlene, she is self-taught, honing her baking and decorating skills as part of being a volunteer for the organization.
But of course that is just a side benefit.
“What’s a birthday or celebration without cake? Being an under-privileged child has to be tough. To know that I am a part of ensuring children and youth get something every child should have – a cake for their special day – is why I volunteer. To help these children know they are loved and not forgotten on their special day is extremely rewarding.”
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