As a team member for Global Community Affairs, Michele manages Applied’s Central Texas community investments and employee engagement programs. Her goal is to leverage company assets, resources and donations to make a positive impact in our world. Tackling community issues in Education, the Environment, Civic Development and the Arts, Michele helps positions Applied Materials as a community leader in the industry.
While there is a plethora of material about key traits of good leaders, few have chosen to focus on the importance of being a good sub-leader or “second-chair leader.” The 2013 Advancement Academy, funded by the Applied Materials Foundation, brought together more than 40 Austin-based nonprofits for a day filled with training that explored how to strengthen the second-level leaders in their organizations.
I planted trees with more than 60 Applied Materials employees and their family members.
In total, we planted 1,006 loblolly pines. Although the simple act of digging a hole, sliding in the sapling and gently patting the surrounding earth seems straight forward, I knew that we were planting much more.
Originally published in the Boston College Center for Corporate CitizenshipBlog.
In 2001, an alarming number of very low performing schools and students were causing great concern throughout the Silicon Valley region, especially among businesses. In response, Applied Materials set a new philanthropic strategic course through its Education Initiative with the goal of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school inspired and prepared to have success in college and life. Today with consistent emphasis on system transformation, Applied Materials has a success story and a strategy worth sharing.
In today’s pop culture, the term strategic alliances often refers to players working together in a calculated manner to pick-off their opponents and remain the last survivor on the island. In this case, forging a strategic alliance is an effective survival strategy – and this strategy may be just as effective for nonprofit survival as well.
To explore the strengths of strategic alliances/collaborations for the nonprofit sector, Applied Materials brought together 48 nonprofit grantees in Austin, Texas for the Advancement Academy. The Academy is an annual training organized to increase efficiencies and community impact of the Applied Materials Foundation’s grants recipients.
I was talking to a cool science chic with pink hair who rides a hovercraft at The Tech Museum yesterday. She offered to show me her sweet, new game that teaches kids how to be climate change experts and learn about cutting-edge technology that will help save our planet. It was all in a day’s play in the virtual world, where my avatar explored The Tech Museum and played the new Bright Future Trivia Game.
Developed by Applied Materials and hosted by The Tech Museum through the KidsCom.com website, The Bright Future (BF) Trivia Game challenges kids’ environmental knowledge with well-researched, age-appropriate, green trivia. Questions cover such topics as renewable energy, biodiversity, green careers and climate change.
Many companies support local communities through programmatic grants, but fewer funders venture into supporting nonprofit organizational effectiveness. Bucking the trend, the Applied Materials Foundation recently announced a joint venture with the Austin, Texas-based consulting group: Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, creating the Applied Materials Foundation Advancement Academy.
Applied Materials employees used a bit of engineering and sun power to raise money for the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin, Texas. The third annual Solar Car Race, challenges engineering teams to compete for the fastest solar car design.
At Applied Materials we know that our industry’s success is dependent upon relentless innovation. This is the same for many new economy industries. Current job trends show that our next generation, must be able to think differently— to assimilate information, reframe it and create beyond the boundaries.