Dell Technologies has launched MentorConnect on the July 25 2019. MentorConnect is a unique cross-company mentorship programme that promotes diverse leadership development across a select network of Malaysian organisations committed to diversity and inclusion at the Cyberjaya campus. The launch follows the success of the inaugural MentorConnect kickoff at Dell Technologies’ Penang campus in 2017.
Present at the event to officiate the launch, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, YB Hannah Yeoh, urged Malaysian employers to follow suit in embracing diversity in the workplace. “I commend Dell Technologies and its partners for launching the MentorConnect programme – this inter-company collaboration will help those participating to think out of the box, get new ideas and be inspired by how others are doing things. Furthermore, I encourage the private sector and companies like Dell Technologies to explore ideas beyond the professional and personal development of the workforce, and consider the idea of a family-focused workplace. Initiatives such as setting up a childcare centre in the workplace creates an enabling environment – both for mothers and fathers – for employees to thrive in the workplace. Childcare centres in the workplace not only retains women in the workforce but also assures the parents that their children are in a safe place.”
The MentorConnect programme is the brainchild of Dell Technologies Malaysia’s Women in Action Employee Resource Group (ERG) – a strong community with chapters around the world and a mix of female and male members. The Women in Action ERG aims to position Dell Technologies as an employer of choice for all by creating a supportive and inclusive environment, enabling women to achieve their goals at each point in their journey.
What began three years ago as a local initiative by Dell Technologies’ Penang chapter has now grown to include the Cyberjaya campus. ExxonMobil Business Support Centre Malaysia Sdn Bhd, PETRONAS and AIG have joined Dell Technologies and seven other organisations includes Motorola Solutions, IHS Markit, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, UST-Global, Mattel and Boston Scientific in the MentorConnect programme, making it eleven organisations in total.
“At Dell Technologies, we take a business-driven approach to diversity and inclusion. D&I is not a nice-to-have, but a business imperative. As leaders, it’s our responsibility to be active in building a diverse workplace, encourage innovation and provide the resources that can make that a reality,” said Pang Yee Beng, senior vice president, South Asia, and managing director, Malaysia, Dell Technologies. “We’re focused on cultivating an inclusive workplace where all team members feel they can be their true selves. We are immensely proud that Malaysia leads the way in promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace with MentorConnect.”With the expansion, MentorConnect now engages 17 mentors and has impacted over 220 mentees (both women and men), whom have been active participants in supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All the mentors and mentees come from roles across their companies including: finance, sales, operations, engineering, marketing, supply chain, accounting, IT and legal. Some are new managers seeking insights from more experienced leaders while others are individual contributors looking to make that next step in their career.
Dorothy Shekhar, Senior Manager, Demand Acceleration, Global Business Services, Dell Technologies and Women in Action, Dell Technologies Cyberjaya site lead, added: “We’re excited that through MentorConnect, we can make an impact on the rest of the business community outside of Dell Technologies. Together, we’re building the foundation for the next generation of Malaysians to be diverse and progressive leaders.”
"TalentCorp is proud to be part of the MentorConnect programme which aligns closely with TalentCorp's advocacy of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) across Corporate Malaysia. We commend the commitment that Dell Technologies and the MentorConnect member companies have demonstrated in the recruitment and development of women. We are hopeful that many more companies will be inspired to embark on similar journey for employee empowerment," said TalentCorp's Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Puan Mahuran Saro Sariki.