We're celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with member stories from across the U.S. In this post, technical source Santosh Balajapalli shares his story. “AAPI heritage month brings up the vastness of Asian culture; we span across so many different countries and languages,” says Santosh, whose family immigrated to the U.S. from India when he was six years old. “You couldn’t cover it all in one week, and I’m thrilled to see these voices be heard.”
Honor. Sacrifice. Loyalty. These values don’t simply fade away at the end of a military career or when a veteran leaves the battlefield—they stay with them and are handed down to their families. At CGI, we celebrate Military Appreciation Month and work year-round to enable veterans to launch rewarding careers in business and IT consulting. The video linked in this post shares a few stories of CGI members who describe how their work is personal due to their military connections.
CGI's Dr. James Peake, a former Army Surgeon General and Secretary of Veteran Affairs, recently joined Veterans Radio to discuss how veterans can leverage their leadership, initiative and work ethic for a fulfilling and rewarding career in technology and how CGI offers additional support to its internal veteran community. People who have served possess valuable skills and leadership qualities that make them suitable for a career in IT, according to Dr. Peake. Dr. Peake also shared about the VA’s unwavering support of the 19 million U.S. veterans across the U.S. and highlights the impact of critical programs such as telemedicine, research and benefit access. Tune in now to the podcast on Veterans Radio.
In April and early May, more than 120 CGI members across five states are taking part in events for Earth Day and Arbor Day 2023. From removing invasive species and planting trees in Virginia to beautifying public spaces through litter cleanup in Louisiana, their efforts not only reflect our members’ dedication to making a difference in the communities they call home but also CGI’s larger commitment to sustainability. In 2021, CGI pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions globally by 2030. Today, we are on the road to net zero and have reduced emissions by 65% since 2014. In addition to corporate initiatives, CGI members continue to self-organize around efforts to create a more sustainable world.
CGI's Abbie Merker wasn’t planning for a career in tech when she started as a film student at the University of Alabama. Now in her second year as an automated testing developer, she recently sat down with Fairygodboss to share how she navigated the challenge of switching to a technical major and her advice for young women looking to follow in her footsteps.
Did you know CGI offers SAFe® training courses that are open to the public? We deliver the entire SAFe certification curriculum, with more than 170+ SAFe program consultants. As the first Scaled Agile Global Transformation Partner, we have extensive experience providing transformational consulting, coaching and learning programs to help organizations implement the SAFe and lean agile DevOps methods. Registration open now!
CGI has been named Emerging Partner of the Year for North America by MuleSoft, for the second year. We are recognized for creating market impact in 2023 through our MuleSoft Center of Excellence. Learn more about our Salesforce partnership: https://www.cgi.com/us/en-us/partner-ecosystem/salesforce-partner
What does it mean to be fearless as a woman in tech? We've collected some great advice from four women leaders who are creating change by unabashedly pursuing their own goals and encouraging other women to do the same. "Seize opportunities. Say yes when you can. Say no when you need to. Share your ideas. Try something new. And always bring your best."
At CGI, we are celebrating International Women's Day with some tangible advice from Susan Wartel for leaders, men, women and companies for creating equity in the workplace. Susan considers herself lucky. When her oldest son was born eight weeks early, her boss and work team stepped up to support her while she watched over her son at the hospital’s neonatal ICU. “It was true teamwork, allowing me to be where I needed to be and ensuring that work didn’t get dropped, given his unexpected early arrival. Not only did this support help me reengage with work when I returned from maternity leave, but it also made me feel appreciated and valued and increased my loyalty for years to come,” she says. But as Susan, a founding member of CGI’s Women’s Forum, reflects on International Women’s Day, she stresses that equity for women in the workplace can’t be left to the good fortune of having a supportive boss. Rather, it must be embedded into an inclusive and equitable work culture for everyone. Read the blog for the rest of Susan's story and actional steps toward equity.
Are you a woman with at least two years’ experience in tech? We want to meet you. Join us next Thursday at this virtual event to network directly with CGI recruiters and learn about open roles. It’s free to register.