February 2011 Presentation

On February 16, the committee began its series of linking business with education and was pleased to welcome OCBC members Rosemary Krupp of Western Digital and Julie Evans of Project Tomorrow.

Western Digital is headquartered in Irvine.  Since late 1980s the company has been a storage industry pioneer manufacturing one of the world’s largest hard drive suppliers.  With 63,000 employees worldwide, Western Digital focuses on the future by centering its interests S.T.E.A.M. programs, innovations in engineering, personal computing literacy and science discovery.

The company’s net cash is $2.5 billion and its fourth-quarter revenue of $10 billion, operating income of $1.4 billion last year.

Western Digital supports public educational organizations from primary through graduate levels which is why the company is an essential supporter of Project Tomorrow.

This national education nonprofit organization, also headquartered in Irvine, has a 15 year legacy of improving education through the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources.

Project Tomorrow is focused on helping students develop the 21st century skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce through school based programs, student events and national research.  Supported by a diverse mix of corporations, private and family foundations and earned income streams, it’s a partnership that works.

The duo discussed that they came to their partnership through the joint need to ensure that our young students have the opportunity to become inspired and can participate in S.T.E.A.M related programs.  For Western Digital, it’s not just about sponsoring or funding a program such Project Tomorrow but actively participating in the future of a child and to hopefully enter into a science or math related field.  The goals of both Western Digital and Project Tomorrow blend well together.

Ms. Krupp discussed the different programs they are working on with the Santa Ana Unified School District including donating hard drives to teachers and schools but most importantly to reach out to low performing schools in the hope of making a difference.

The presentation ended with the duo advocating for more collaboration between business and education to better develop the future of our students here in Orange County.

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