At CA, Inc. professional development is based on character development and they recognized that charitable giving builds character. They also knew that Magnovo’s Wagon Builders Charitable Teambuilding Workshop was the key to their success.
CA, Inc. is one of the world’s largest software companies. Or as they put it, “We create software that helps companies shape the future.”
Among other things, they design and build business-to-business mainframe IT systems. Most Fortune 500 companies rely on them. So do schools, healthcare systems, government agencies, scientific institutions, and other businesses around the world.
Professional development with a mission
CA, Inc. describes itself as a global company with a local commitment. To fulfill that commitment they support STEM programs that strive for inclusion. Girls and low-income students are often under-represented in science, technology, engineering, and math-related industries. CA, Inc. is changing that.
To quote the CEO, “…. our motivation comes from the opportunity to help shape the future. We concentrate not only on what is essential to our business success, but also on what works for our people, our communities, and our shared natural environment.”
Professional development through giving
We met 50 staffers at their Plano Texas office to hit the reset button on some of their leadership skills. Our Wagon Builders workshop was an exercise in collaborating, problem-solving, and communicating.
Each team assembled a brightly colored wagon and then crammed it full of goodies. And the CA, Inc. crew was particularly generous. They donated a ton of sports equipment, stacks of healthy kid snacks, and a slew of notebooks, pens, art supplies and other back-to-school basics.
At the end of the workshop, they’d constructed 10 wagons bulging with gifts. And the happy recipients were members of the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County also known as BGCCC.
Professional development in the making at BGCCC
This year they’re celebrating their 50th anniversary. For 5 decades BGCCC has been driven by one goal: to make sure their members “… reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” And efforts are tireless and their rate of success is stellar.
Every year the Plano Boys and Girls Club serves nearly 10,000 kids and provide more than 160,000 meals. They run a leadership training program, offer financial literacy training, teach healthy eating and fitness classes. They advocate against bullying and substance abuse and steer their members toward smarter choices.
Their staff and volunteers rack up 141,150 “homework hours” annually tutoring their students. And it shows: BGCCC has a 100 percent high school graduation rate–that’s right: 100 percent! [FYI: the national rate is 84.1 percent.]
CA, Inc. was out for a good time, but while they were at it, they wanted to do good as well. Mission accomplished.