If you haven't signed up for benefits yet, you have until March 6 (next Friday) to do so. Amanda will be out the first part of the week, so if you have any questions, ask her as soon as possible! And here are three other important things you should know.
1. One of the Hidden Figures has passed away. Katharine Johnson (played by Taraji Henson in Hidden Figures), passed away this week at the age 101. She was a pivotal researcher at NACA / NASA for 35 years, and a barrier-breaker in science for women and people of color. "During the Space Race era, Johnson performed essential calculations of flight trajectories, including the 1961 flight of the first American in space, Alan Shepard. Famously, at the personal request of astronaut John Glenn, she checked by hand the calculations for his 1962 orbit of Earth, although NASA had begun using electronic computers by then. 'If she says they’re good,' Glenn reportedly said, “then I’m ready to go.'" Science News 2. Atlanta is fast-becoming a huge hub for African Americans working in tech. The city can credit rising incubators, Fortune 500 companies, programs at Morehouse and Spelman, and lower cost of living as reasons black tech workers are choosing to come work here. "The city is exploding with black computer programmers, information security analysts and database administrators, as well as math scientists and statisticians, said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings. And many are using skills learned on the job or in tech incubators to graduate to the next level: becoming creators of the next must-have app or indispensable technology." AJC 3. Who is Lonnie Johnson? If you've ever completely dominated the other kids in a squirt gun fight thanks to a Super Soaker (hopefully you were also a kid at the time, and this wasn't a recent thing), you owe it to Johnson, an Air Force and Nasa engineer who designed the first prototype in 1982. "Johnson never let the naysayers get the better of him. He was told not to aspire to anything beyond being a simple technician. But he clearly went on to be much, much more. He attributes his success in part to the great African-American inventor George Washington Carver, whose story of perseverance Johnson admired and used as motivation. It certainly paid off. Even while working for the Air Force and NASA, Johnson used whatever spare time he had to tinker with side projects of his own. It was this way that the idea for the now-famous Super Soaker came about." Engadget
Springbot Shoutouts "One of my favorite Springbot experiences in nearly 4 years with the company...BIG shoutout to Brooks Robinson & Joe Reger for jumping on a cold call with the BDR Team last week, helping us schedule a demo with a tough prospect who was hung up (and hung up on us) on the fact he had spoken to MailChimp's CEO when he signed on with them 15-20 yrs ago. This demo went down Tuesday of this week and Russell Harper closed it for $600 same day. Impressive work all around, Team!" Matt Gianakos "Shout out to Jimmy Gutowski for taking charge on our massive Account Transition process for our new support model and ensuring that every customer has a seamless experience!" Marie Bormolini "Shoutout to Miles Raphael and Jonathon Ramey for working late on Monday to rest our upcoming Smile.IO integration." Duncan Meredith "Shoutout to the Campaign Services Team for all of their help with upsell this month. Their conversations, strategy, and content have had a major impact on upsell." Customer Success Leaders "Shout out to Winston Hunter for all of the great work he's been doing in our Salesforce environment - cleaning things up and redistributing dormant accounts. The sales team appreciates it!" Matt Gianakos "Shout out to Abby Barnett, Sheila Gaskell and Rylan Benet for leading our FIRST Emerging Marketers monthly webinar! We had over 75+ register and did the topic of Leveling the Playing Field: How You can Market like Industry Leaders!" Marie Bormolini and Tara Crawshaw "Huge shoutout to Manon Audibert on her promotion to Brand Manager. You've done nothing but kill it since you've started at Springbot, and this promotion well-deserved and definitely only a matter of time. Congratulations!" Ben Smith "Big thanks to Tara Crawshaw for making this first month of Success Advisors a success and helping with the process and customer experience - couldn't have imagined it without you!" Marie Bormolini Mind Edit Did you know it's America's Marathon Weekend here in Atlanta? Check these events out! February 27-29 America's Marathon Weekend Experience @ Georgia World Congress Center February 29 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon & Publix Atlanta Kids Marathon @ Centennial Olympic Park March 1 Publix Atlanta Marathon @ Centennial Olympic Park For more information, click here! Happy Birthday! Marie Bormolini (Feb. 28) Travis Wheeler (Mar. 1)