An innovative giant in engineering technology to solve global challenges, Lenovo propels productivity through a variety of modernized devices, services and applications. At its core, Lenovo seeks to, quite simply, help people. Of its organizational pillars, “Diversity & Inclusion” is at the forefront of the company’s mission to lead with a global mindset.
In partnering with Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) through the Partner Up Power Up fall fitness challenge, Lenovo is activating employees to partake in its Global Month of Service and Global Diversity Awareness Month, both taking place in October.
“We have more than 50,000 employees around the globe and, for the month of October, we designate that time to have employees give back to organizations and causes that they are passionate about,” said Lenovo’s Senior Manager of Global Brand Strategy and Content, Commercial Sector Nicole Pullen.
Championing inclusion in its workplace environments and the many communities Lenovo serves, employees are collectively inspiring change at a grassroots level. Pullen, founder and co-chair of Lenovo Employees of Asian Descent (LEAD), joined forces with A Better Lenovo for Everyone (ABLE). Both of these philanthropic arms of Lenovo are supporting SONC as a sponsor of the Partner Up Power Up challenge.
SONC’s Partner Up Power Up has merged community partners, like Lenovo, with SONC athletes and Unified partners, individuals without intellectual disabilities who participate alongside athletes in daily health and fitness activities. With nearly 3,000 registered participants across North Carolina, athletes and Unified partners train using materials provided to take part in virtual workout sessions, exercises, contests and wellness training. Like all SONC programming, Partner Up Power Up is offered free of charge to all participants and that is made possible by community partners.
Pullen, a longtime volunteer for Special Olympics in North Carolina and in China, sought to blend Lenovo’s diversity and service initiatives through the cultural exploration of dance. Her involvement in the local dance community was beneficial in recruiting studios to donate virtual dance sessions of various styles to Partner Up Power Up participants. Athletes and Unified partners attend scheduled sessions led by local dance experts via Zoom.
“We wanted to combine two initiatives into one,” said Pullen. “With this fusion of cultural elements, we have planned dance workout sessions. We communicate through newsletters with Lenovo employees, encouraging them to sign up to participate in these sessions.”
Of the program’s ten weeks, Lenovo is a sponsor for five of those weeks. Each week, Lenovo has sponsored dance workshops in Bollywood, Chinese Kungfu Fan, Bhangra, K-pop and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance.
These sessions will contribute to the ongoing promotion of health and wellness for SONC’s athletes as they navigate sports training in a global health pandemic. With 40,000 individuals participating in Special Olympics programming in the state of North Carolina, programs, such as Partner Up Power Up, are vital to supporting their goals as athletes.