North America Team Helps Kicks Off Lenovo’s Global Week of Service



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Lenovo launched its first ever “Global Week of Service” this week in conjunction with the start of a new fiscal year as well as kickoff events taking place around the world. In more than 25 countries on all 6 inhabited continents 2,000 Lenovo team members participated in 30+ community outreach projects.

In the U.S., Lenovo North America has incorporated community service into kickoffs since 2011. The tradition has been to start kickoff week with a community service project Monday morning, just ahead of kickoff events and sales training that make up much of the rest of the week’s time.

This year, 300 NA team members from across the U.S., Canada and locals to the Triangle region of North Carolina took on projects at three schools in the Raleigh area. At East Millbrook and Carroll Middle Schools, volunteers led a variety of activities geared toward middle students, including campus beautification, technology upgrades and hands-on learning featuring projects designed by the Smithsonian Learning Lab (SLL). Lenovo and the SLL announced a partnership recently to advance STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). The News & Observer, North Carolina’s second-largest daily newspaper, ran a story about the event featuring the Smithsonian activities, including a video with Suzie Koonce of the Lenovo community relations team.

“This is great fun, it’s fantastic for us to get together and do good for the community,” said Anabela Carvalho, a senior account rep for the healthcare team based in Montreal who has participated in the  “We love how we’re continuing to contribute – every school that we can, the more we touch the better.”

At Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, NA president Emilio Ghilardi was one of about 70 volunteers who engaged with students to discuss STEM studies and career paths. The volunteers also held mock interviews with students, who in turn were able to ask questions of Lenovo team members. This event was in conjunction with Lenovo partner NAF. Since 2014, Lenovo and NAF have partnered through the Lenovo Scholar Network to bring STEM education opportunities to underserved students with a robust STEM and app development curriculum.