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Acquia Culture in Action, October 2019

At Acquia, our sense of community and passion stretches across continents and unites us all to do meaningful work. We believe that together we have the power to make an impact, expand our creativity and help support our communities. Our people-first culture is so important to us that we wanted a way to share it with both our internal team and the greater community. 

That’s why we created  The Acquia Experience Guide. This guide shares what makes Acquia an incredible place to work from our history to our core DNA to our spectacular teams. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of Acquia, check out this exclusive look at the magic that happens beyond our office walls, and keep reading to see how Acquians help each other move forward and have fun along the way. 

#GiveBackMore

Openness is a part of everything we do at Acquia. That principle of open flexibility extends beyond just our work in the open source community and creates a welcoming space where people believe in helping others thrive and pursue new possibilities. 

Acquians in our Pune, India office displayed their commitment to welfare and education with their fundraiser for Seva Sahayog, a nonprofit organization that supports women and children. Following the recent floods in the nearby Kolhapur district, many children lost all their school belongings during the flooding. Acquians aimed to raise enough money to provide one tiffin (lunch box) and one water bottle to as many children as possible. In total, they raised INR 55,000 and helped 1,000 children get back to school.

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As part of our new employee Immersion program last month, nearly 50 Acquians participated in a unique competition to build their skills while also giving back to a good cause. Our Learning and Development team created a hands-on contest in which new employees were challenged to build a multi-touch marketing campaign using Acquia’s Mautic platform. Their campaigns promoted nonprofits from all around the world, including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics. Through their hard work and creativity, teams earned donations for these organizations and proved that doing good is a powerful way to bring people closer together. 

#InspiringCrazy: Employee Spotlight 

Acquia employees believe in inspiring others to learn, develop their skills and gain the confidence to create spectacular things. This month, we’re spotlighting Robin Guidry, Acquia’s Talent Manager for R&D, for her recent presentation at Women Who Code Boston. Robin’s presentation gave resume writing tips to help job seekers in the SaaS space explain their skills to recruiters and communicate their own value. Her goal was to empower more women with the right resources to become leaders in a competitive field.

Robin spoke alongside other developers, engineers and businesswomen who all believe in the inclusive mission of Women Who Code. Women Who Code is an international nonprofit organization that provides services, networking opportunities and career development support for women seeking to excel in technology careers. We’re proud of Robin’s work in supporting the effort to close the tech gender gap and foster the digital talent of the future. 

#StrongerTogether Alongside Acquia Alumni

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Once an Acquian, always an Acquian. We recently launched the Acquia Alumni community on LinkedIn, a space made up of former Acquians to stay connected and share accomplishments as they enter new parts of their lives. Every person who joins Acquia contributes something special to our company. We want to celebrate their journey and make sure that Acquians new and old feel welcome and stay connected to us going forward. In just a few weeks, we’ve already had over 150 members join the group, proving that the time you spend at Acquia stays with you for life.

#SuccessByDesign: Philosophy Lessons on Career Growth

Becoming a great leader starts with a willingness to listen, learn from mistakes and keep trying. On October 3, 2019, the India team welcomed Mr. Arun Nathani, CEO and MD of Cybage Software for a Philosophy Breakout Session at our Pune Office. Mr. Arun shared his amazing journey from his early days of trying to build a career, the ways he overcame struggles and what inspired him to succeed. All of his experiences contributed to how he was able to build Cybage from scratch to become a  leader in the high tech and outsourced product engineering space.

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The session inspired attendees to persevere in their own goals. Acquians participated with full zeal, and their questions were never-ending. The most important takeaway from this session: It is important to have failures in life because these failures teach you how to bounce back and move on. They also give you the best stories to tell! 

#CommitedToAwesome Bonding and Breaking a Sweat 

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Acquians in Pune held their second annual Wellness Session: an in-office Zumba class. Zumba is not only a great workout, but it’s a ton of fun! Everyone had a blast shaking off stress and showing off their moves together. They even added in some extra cultural flair by meshing the Zumba routine with some traditional Bollywood songs.

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The Remote Administration team recently participated in an onsite at the Boston Office. Members came together from Oregon, Washington and Reading, UK to work face-to-face for the first time. They met with other Acquians, created plans for closer collaboration and bonded over bowling and baseball games. We always want our remote teammates to feel as included and connected as the groups in our offices and hope to keep offering more opportunities to make memories online and off. 

Acquia continues to grow and challenge our team members to exceed their own potential. As we help people be their best, we encourage them to always put their best selves out into the world by improving the global community. 

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.