This past weekend Stephen Cargill, Matthew Chase and I took on the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC). The PMC is a 192 mile bike ride across the State of Massachusetts from Sturbridge to the Provincetown. The purpose of the PMC is to raise money for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and spread awareness of this terrible disease. The goal this year was to raise 48 million dollars.
The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) is a charity bike-a-thon across the State of Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As a corporate sponsor for the event this year, Experian has had the honor of showing our support for this worthy cause in a number of different ways. The PMC, which has been held annually since 1980, will take place tomorrow, August 5. We have three employees who will be riding: Matt Chase, Wes Forsyth, and Steve Cargill, and several of our employees will be volunteering at the lunch spot we sponsored at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. We will be cheering on the riders and passing out water.
This morning, the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) announced that Experian is officially sponsoring the 2017 race. We are excited to share this news and to put our support behind an organization that many of our own employees have been passionate about for years.
Experian is dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the communities that we live and operate in. Through relationships with non-profit organizations, financial support of local programs or initiatives, and encouraging employees to participate in community service, we champion multiple important causes while simultaneously encouraging a strong culture of caring across the organization.
Last week, our Women in Experian group hosted an event in our Boston office, focused on how to “Achieve our Peak Perforce,” led by Christine Fiske. Christine is a Senior Digital Marketing Freelance Consultant, working primarily with startups and VC firms. Currently, she is working to become a leadership development facilitator and presented her session about achieving peak performance. Here are three takeaways I gained from this unique event:
Patriots’ Day has always held a special place in the hearts of Bostonians—it is Marathon Monday. As a day that many have trained for, for months or more, Marathon Monday has a special meaning to every runner. Its meaning, however, is not reserved only for the runners. As a company based in Boston, we feel it is important to incorporate the spirit of Marathon Monday and Patriots’ Day into our culture.
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At Experian Data Quality, we’re passionate about giving back to our community and building the next generation of leaders. On February 16, 2017, we did just that by hosting a fundraiser to support a local nonprofit, YouthBuild. The Boston-area organization helps low-income individuals reclaim their education and build the skills they need to thrive in employment. According to the organization, there are “at least 2.3 million low-income 16-24 year-olds in the United States who are not in education, employment, or training.” YouthBuild aims to service this population and help to unlock their potential.
As we work to help our clients unlock the power of their data, Experian Data Quality is also committed to helping empower the next generation of data users. In that spirit, we launched a scholarship contest this year that prompts rising college seniors to show us how they use data in their daily lives. To enter, the students had to submit a one- to two-minute video and a short essay describing the importance of data quality. They had four months to prepare and submit their entries, with the promise of a $5,000 scholarship for the winning participant.
Several of our employees recently walked down the street and around the corner to participate in an afternoon of volunteerism with the Boston Rescue Mission.
The time has come here in Boston where, (scattered amongst still hot and very humid days), we have started to see a few signs of fall. While this can be felt in the mildly cooler weather, the most significant signs are coming from our favorite stops for caffeine or an afternoon treat. That's right - our good friend, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, has returned! Some debate that this drink’s arrival, and all of the pumpkin food and drinks you can think of, have arrived too soon. Others, like myself, have fully embraced this new addition to the menu with maybe one too many trips to Starbucks.
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