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Work: Week 1

September 7, 2014

Hola amigos!

I’ve completed another milestone this past week: my first week of work at work!  I’ll be interning for MásNegocio for the next 10 months completing projects within their marketing and customer service departments.  MásNegocio is an IT services firm that sells Software as a Service, platform management, and other fun technological programs that require copious amounts of explaining by my patient co-workers.  For more information about the amazing company I’m working for, http://masnegocio.com/ is the link.  My co-workers have been incredibly welcoming, friendly and supportive as I have taken the past week to learn the ropes of the business.  My human resource officer is very committed to the Binational Business Program’s mission to cultivate a mutual education and understanding between the US and Mexico business culture, which means I’ll be speaking strictly Spanish in the workplace.  Everyone in the office is very enthusiastic about me learning as much as possible the next ten months, and I am so grateful I have many opportunities to learn through actual application, mistakes that will inevitably occur, and shadowing if I choose.

My first week has been anything but boring.  The co-workers, leadership style, mission, values, and fun activities have affirmed I’ve been placed into a wonderful company – I think we’ll make a good match!

I was able to attend Kio Network`s Kloud Kamp with several new co-workers on my second day on the job.  Together we volunteered during this event with approximately 50 others from KIO Networks, MásNegocio, and a few other cloud computing companies.  Several important speakers were coming to speak at the conference, some of which only spoke English.  Because I was one of a few native English speakers volunteering, I offered to communicate with the other English speakers presenting at Kloud Kamp and assist them during their speech preparation.  I was “assigned” to Billy Cox, Intel’s General Director of Software Defined Infrastructure Development.  I knew very little about him at first, but once he arrived and was swarmed with many technology enthusiasts, I quickly became aware of his status within the industry.  Mr. Cox had just flown in from Poland and was completing a tour through many Intel sights worldwide.  Mr. Cox was very nice, down-to-earth, and was very receptive to everyone’s questions and discussions, and I was so happy to have spent a few hours with him and my new co-workers at the Kloud Kamp conference.  Definitely a huge highlight of my first few days on the job!

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Billy Cox and I!

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Photo of the Kloud Kamp venue. We were in the Bancomer Expo center in Santa Fe. Such a large room and it was filled with people all day!

My first week wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to Toluca, Mexico to participate in reforestation efforts with my company.  One of MásNegocio´s values is social responsibility, so they have been partnering with Reforestamos México (http://www.reforestamosmexico.org/) for the past three years to partipcate in these efforts.  I convinced five other BBs to join me on an early Saturday morning to plant some trees, and we had a wonderful time getting to know my co-workers and enjoying the beautiful landscape.  It was so refreshing to get out of D.F. if even for a few hours.  If this week is anything like what the next several months of work will consist of for me, I think I am in for a wonderful time.

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I conned five other BBs into joining me for the day! We had so much fun, but I’m pretty sure we annoyed quite a few people trying to get a good photo (my bad, guys).

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My partner for the day, David, and I planting our first tree! We were told that we should name each of the trees we planted and say a prayer for a spirit animal to watch over it; we opted to just name ours. Esperanza was our first!

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The MásNegocio crew that came along to help. We had around 90 volunteers and together we planted over 500 trees. I was so excited that my friends and I could be apart of this day!

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The as we were leaving Toluca. It felt so refreshing to get out of the city for a few hours.