Evening with Champions

first_img An Evening with Champions Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Get a leg up All at once Emily Hughes ’11 dips low and aims high. Ice blue An expansive shot of the Bright Hockey Center displays the color, whirlwind, and fun of the night’s event. There is a light Linda Yao ’10, wearing her winter coat, operates the spotlight for skaters. Hey, it’s an ice rink after all! Sisters in arms Dazzling bodices and frilly dresses are just a few pleasures of skating. Here, members of Team Excel Junior, which features skaters from 18 New England regions, manage to be both identically dressed and distinctive. Shadow dancing Paul Wylie ’91 and 1976 Olympic medalist Dorothy Hamill move under the spotlight during the 40th anniversary of the Jimmy Fund benefit “An Evening with Champions,” sponsored by Harvard. With her spotlight purring like an old projector, Linda Yao ’10 used a steady hand to follow the cast of famed figure skaters as they shaved graceful ribbons into the ice during “An Evening with Champions.” “La Vie en Rose,” sung by Louis Armstrong, played over the loudspeakers, and a kaleidoscope of light bathed the ice.Over 40 years, the skating event has raised $2.4 million for the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Brett Michael Giblin ’11, who co-chaired the event, said, “I truly believe that the reason this weekend was such a rousing success, from the incredible skating to the nearly perfect execution, was due to the fact that our volunteers were able to keep the objective that they were working toward — helping children with cancer — in the forefront of their minds.”The event struck a personal chord with 2006 Olympics skater Emily Hughes ’11, who first visited Harvard to participate in the event in 2006 to pay tribute to her mother, a cancer survivor. Hughes said, “I’m happy and excited that I can do this every year, and that it can go to a worthy cause. Cancer research has a more personal feel for me.” A shoulder to drape on Kimberly Navarro rides the back of partner Brent Bommentre. last_img read more

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Dell Brainstorms with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs at SXSW

first_imgOne of my favorite things about South By Southwest (SXSW) has always been the annual opportunity it affords me to be face-to-face with many people that I only interact with online throughout the year.The favorite thing about the event for Austin-area businesses, however, is probably the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy – a $325.3 million impact in 2016 alone. CNBC likened it to a second Christmas for small businesses.And that makes it a great time to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses and entrepreneurs. With the chaotic SXSW backdrop, Dell brought together seven members of the small business and entrepreneur community for a Dell Inside Circle Mini-Meetup on March 12.Dell Inside Circle has fun! Left to right: Ben Hindman, Erik Day, Rakia Reynolds, Carolyn Rodz, Mikaila Ulmer, Ramon Ray, Elizabeth GoreThey were all appearing throughout the conferences and festivals at events and on panels in the Dell Experience. But this mini-meetup provided an intimate gathering of the minds for these influential and accomplished entrepreneurs to discuss upcoming initiatives, small business challenges, and of course— their love for all things Dell.For many, it was a reunion – including myself and Ramon Ray, founder and publisher of Smart Hustle. I’ve been fortunate to interact with him at least 7-8 years (I lose count) in my various roles at Dell and always appreciate his insight into the life of our small business customers.Erik Day, who leads North America Small Business for Dell, took the opportunity to brainstorm with Ray, on the topic of what is changing and what’s staying the same for small business technology.The small business world, an often tight-knit community, showed up in full force in Austin during this year’s SXSW. Small business and entrepreneurship were front and center with pitch competitions running daily in different venues all over Austin.At the Dell meetup, Mikaila Ulmer, the 12-year-old founder of Me and the Bees embraced Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell Elizbeth Gore, and Rakia Reynolds, founder of Skai Blue Media, like old friends. Ulmer also made a new friend in our Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier, who was spotted by the media giving her a shout out on Facebook.“My favorite [moment] was in one day at the Dell Experience lounge we had: entrepreneurs, youth, Congressman, celebrities, CEOs and veterans. Everything we stand behind in one moment,” said Gore.Ben Hindman, co-founder and CEO of Splash and Reynolds, who have both appeared on the cover of Dell’s Small Business Magazine and in Dell Small Business TV spots, reunited for the first time since their video shoots.Rakia Reynolds, face of Dell for Small Business and Founder of Skai Blue Media, tries out a product display at SXSW on March 12, 2017Carolyn Rodz, founder of Circular Board and the newest member among the Dell Inside Circle group, had recently – along with long-time pal, Gore – invited the group to her company’s conference, Circular Summit, taking place March 30-31, 2017 at Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas.“My favorite moment of SXSW was all of the virtual reality experiences and activations,” said Rodz. “It is amazing how far that technology has evolved!”And keeping up with that sort of technological disruption is important for small businesses. It’s also the topic of the latest Dell Technologies podcast on “Developing Distruption.” It’s just one innovative new way that we’re helping our small businesses and entrepreneur customers keep up with the trends that will impact their business.I encourage you to take a listen!last_img read more

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