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Brandi Galvin Morandi: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 5, 2018

Congratulations Brandi Galvin Morandi, the winner of our 2018 Connection award. We will be honoring Brandi (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

Brandi Galvin Morandi is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company. Brandi leads a global organization, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters, governmental affairs and corporate governance, including working closely with the Equinix Board of Directors. Under her leadership, her organization has grown to support a business generating over $5 billion in revenues annually. Brandi has led the successful consummation of numerous acquisitions and joint ventures nationally and internationally and has also led the internal and external legal teams to complete over $27 billion in equity and debt financings.

When Brandi co-founded the Equinix Woman’s Leadership Network 10 years ago, her goal was not to separate women from men, but to help elevate them towards equality. This is why her Connection Award is so fitting as this year, the EWLN further branched into the leadership space across the world to bring leaders together to take immediate action in removing gender bias. Through practicing inclusion and driving action through top leaders, the discussion and awareness about where the opportunities for Equinix exist has become a top priority for our incoming CEO.

Secret Ingredient to Success

Empowerment for all employees, by creating an environment where every individual is given the opportunity to bring their best to work. This is facilitated by identifying and removing barriers for my team, by giving everyone a voice, and thinking through representation and opportunity across my diverse global team. In addition to this, I also believes that taking people with you on a journey makes you more successful. Once you find yourself gaining traction and being recognized for your contributions and success, look around and figure out who you can bring with you.

Advice for 20-Year-Old Self

Recognize the power of your own voice earlier. Everyone brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and backgrounds to the table and the unique assets are the biggest contribution to a company. In finding your own voice, also have confidence in yourself and take risks. Raising your hand and trying new things is not always easy, but the more you do it, the easier it feels to try something new.

Personal Hero

My personal hero is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you”. RBG inspired me through her methodical approach and looking at the long view. She strategically chipped away at equality over decades, and used her voice to create an easier path for those behind her.

Personal Mantra

Teamwork and humility.

Tags:  Advocacy  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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René Shimada Siegel: Make Your Mark Award Winner Spotlight

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 1, 2018
Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Congratulations René Shimada Siegel, the winner of our 2018 Advocacy award. We will be honoring Women Who Code (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!

René Shimada Siegel is extremely passionate about empowering colleagues and advocating for the next generation of communicators. She is the founder and CEO of Connext, Silicon Valley’s marketing and communications consultancy. For two decades, her company has made life easier for hundreds of technology clients with specialized consultants ranging from recent grads to senior strategists. René also passes on her real-world experience to students as a public relations professor at San Jose State University and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, career strategies, and personal branding. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Lucas College of Business at San Jose State University, and will be a featured speaker at the 2018 Public Relations Society of America International Conference. As an entrepreneur, René’s been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Working Mother, Newsweek Japan, CNBC, and Dan Pink’s Free Agent Nation, among others. She’s also been a regular columnist for Inc.com.

Smartest Career Move

Rebranding our 20 year old company last year was risky as hell. Will the team follow? Will our clients get it? Is this really the right direction? YES! We’ve elevated our brand, separated ourselves from our competitors, and changed more lives along the way. We now live in this amazingly cool space that is the convergence of The Gig Economy and Generations XYZ. And it’s a ton of fun!

Admired Mentor or Muse

My daughter Arielle is my mentor. Her impending birth was the catalyst for leaving my corporate job to build the life I wanted for my family. While in college, she was a catalyst to help us see the gap between college students and recent graduates, and the Silicon Valley corporate teams that need them. Now, we bridge that gap. She continually pushes me outside my comfort zone and inspires me with confidence. Her advice and opinions are unfiltered, on point, and the smack-in-the-face that I need sometimes to stay current and not become a dinosaur.

Quotes to Live By

Best Work. Best Life. Everyone deserves both.

Personal Heros

My hero is Dominic Prado for three reasons. What he does, the way he does it, and the way he lives his life. Dom joined us as a summer marketing intern and became our entire marketing department. As a business leader I have purpose and passion but struggled to articulate a powerful vision and voice. My hero riffed with me, challenged me, nudged me forward with quiet strength and fearless instincts. With no prior experience, he rebranded our entire company with a new name, logo, website, social media. But then he did so much more. He’s made my vision come to life in ways I never expected. Dom has overcome unexpected challenges with such grace. Because of him, I look at the world in a totally different way. It’s all about what is possible.

Tags:  Advocacy  Leadership  Make Your Mark  Women 

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