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Acquia Culture in Action, November 2019

Culture and leadership are the core pillars that bring Acquians together around the globe. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of product innovations, events and team collaboration. Last week, we held our multi-day customer conference, Engage right in the heart of New Orleans. Customers, partners and Acquians came from far and wide to connect and share their goals for the future of digital transformation. Let’s dive into some of the other ways Acquia’s been making waves this month. 

#GiveBackMore

While Acquia strives to give back all year round, November is often recognized as a special time of giving and our team members volunteered, fundraised and supported so many incredible causes this month. 

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At both DrupalCon Amsterdam and Engage New Orleans, Acquia raised money for Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization focused on providing girls the resources, educational training and opportunities to excel in STEM careers. Having the right resources and support to succeed at school is foundational to building a better future, and Boston Acquians continued advocating for education for all as part of the BUILD Entrepreneur Games, a team-building style fundraiser that brings together business professionals to participate in competitions to raise funds for Boston Public Schools programs. 

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Nothing is better for the body and soul than breaking a sweat and supporting a good cause! We’re huge animal lovers at Acquia (we even have Slack channels dedicated to cute pet pictures!). So, of course, we were thrilled to see our UX team competed in a fitness challenge for PAWS Chicago, an animal sheltering, committed to bringing an end to the killing of homeless cats and dogs. 

Our Customer Support Team Lead, Marran Linsky also performed an incredible feat of strength by participating in a tire flipping competition to raise money for Family Reach, an organization to offer assistance to families suffering the financial difficulties of cancer. Acquians came together to donate and cheer Marran on as she gave it her all at the Family Reach Fall Flip. 

#InspireALittleCrazy: Employee Spotlight 

In this Acquia Employee spotlight, we’re recognizing our Talent Co-Op Alice Nichols for her inspiring activism effort to support the LGBTQ+ community. This month, local Boston television station Goodnight TV! Had Alice on their show to raise awareness around transgender issues and raise money for The Trans Youth Equality Foundation, a nonprofit that provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. 

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Alice is a powerful voice and force for change when it comes to helping people understand the struggles trans people face in terms of acceptance. She launched her own fashion business, Avant-Garde Expression (AGX), which aims to provide clothing that doesn’t focus on adhering to stereotypical gender presentation.

#SuccessByDesign Mentorship and Continued Learning 

This month saw the relaunch of our Mentor Program. This program is an opportunity for Acquians to connect, share perspectives, build relationships and learn from one another. Long-term Acquians and senior leaders volunteered to be matched with another employee to offer peer-to-peer learning, career growth advice and skill development.

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We also continued our Cognition Kitchen events, hosting learning sessions on how to grow your personal brand and offering much-requested information about what’s involved in performing Salesforce integrations. 

#CommittedToAwesome Parties and Anniversaries

halloween

The Boston and Portland offices got in the spooky spirit with office Halloween parties. We held team and individual costume contests, served lots of treats and showed off our creativity. 

india fall celebration

Fall also marked a season of holidays and festivities in our Pune, India office. The India team celebrated by hosting a lunch buffet of cultural delicacies and participating in games that brought out the competitive spirit in everyone. These games included a workstation decoration activity where Acquians constructed Diyas (painted lamps used during times of celebration). 

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The team in our Reading, UK office celebrated their one-year anniversary in their current location on King’s Road with lots of cupcakes and cheer. This year has been a momentous one for UK Acquians and they looked back on some of their favorite memories including a recent launch party with the Reading Mayor, which was held on the office rooftop. 

All around the world, members of the Acquia community are working together to keep learning, giving and dreaming big. November saw some of our largest steps yet, and we’re heading into the end of 2019 with the momentum and energy to do even more.

heather hartford

Heather Hartford

Chief People Officer Acquia, Inc.

Heather leads Acquia’s talent organization, composed of talent acquisition, human resources/retention and development. Providing key insight and expertise in building and sustaining Acquia’s fast-growing global team and culture. Ensuring that Acquia maintains a culture that enables every associate the opportunity to grow and enhance their skills.

Heather was previously chief people officer at Rue La La, where she led the online fashion innovator’s expansion from 100 to 700-plus employees over a five-year period and facilitated growth and diversity through hiring practices and retention/development programs. Heather’s mission at Rue La La was to create a culture that fostered a motivating, supportive, and diverse work environment.

Prior to Rue La La, she held several senior leadership positions at DigitasLBi during a 12-plus-year period. She was responsible for global recruiting, staffing and learning and development, as well as the implementation of processes, systems and tools to support the growth and development of an expanding international company.

Passionate about giving back to the community, Heather has served on both the Big Sister and Ad Club Boards in Boston.