Early on an icy cold Thanksgiving morning, nearly 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown San Jose, California to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. They raised more than $425,000 for three local charities addressing critical community needs.
Applied Materials has been conducting one of the largest corporate food drives for 27 years. This year marked the 15th anniversary of one of the Food Drive’s signature events – Helping Hands Day. Over the 15 years, more than 50,000 boxes of food have been delivered to local families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The outcome of this past weekends activity is significant: 5,200 boxes containing 325,000 pounds of food that will provide 254,000 meals.
Far too many people in our local communities are facing a dismal holiday season. In Silicon Valley, the Food Bank is serving 250,000 people per month, more than 6000 community members snaked around the block of Sacred Heart Community Services agency last weekend to register for holiday food and gifts, and CBS’s 60 Minutes recently broadcasted a sobering segment on the Valley’s unemployed. But there are ways you can help.
In the U.S., Veterans Day is observed annually to honor military veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country. In other parts of the world, it is celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Today’s date marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, when major hostilities of the war were formally called to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
2010 Tech Awards Laureates with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, the recipient of this year’s Global Humanitarian Award.
The Tech Awards represent the single longest-standing forum for recognition of organizations that are actively creating a sustainable future building process. The quality of Laureates has consistently recognized role models who out shine the rigid, prescriptive formulas of conventional aid. Winners have in common a process that draws from an ever-expanding reference collection of preferred and likely ingredients which are blended together to meet local needs with locally empowered people. These results can be emulated and evolve on a global scale.
During Saturday night’s presentation of the Tech Awards in Santa Clara, California, I experienced a range of emotions as innovators who are using technology to benefit humanity were honored for their accomplishments.
Last week I had the pleasure of accepting on behalf of Applied Materials the 2010 Corporate DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council. The recognition was for Applied Materials’ commitment to diversity awareness and inclusion.
The idea of using technology to benefit humanity brings to mind awe-inspiring, life-changing innovations of significant scale and impact, such as medical breakthroughs, advances in communications and high speed transportation.
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.
NEWSWEEK has published its second “Green Ranking” of the largest publicly traded companies in the U.S. and Applied Materials is in the #8 spot. Last year we were thrilled to find ourselves at #9 in the inaugural list.
To close out Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought I’d blog about the recent Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival held in San Jose, California. Honoring Latino culture and commemorating the centennial of Mexico's Revolution – the festival featured an impressive list of social and artistic revolutionaries with a long history of working to improve the way people live.