LGBT Pride Month Profile – Steve Macfarlane

CA Technologies is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by championing a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community.

Meet Steve Macfarlane, Senior Director of Education & Services (EMEA), based in the UK. Steve regularly sings, performs and acts as an MC for events. Aside from that he serves as a trustee for Michael Causer Foundation (a local charity that provides advice and support for young people 16-25 who may have challenges in family or environment due to their sexuality – it was set up in the name of Michael who was killed in 2008 just for being gay).

What is a Senior Director of Education & Services, you may ask?

To describe Steve’s role in simple terms, he makes sure the business is providing a positive customer experience ensuring customers are enabled on CA products.

Steve as consort to the Lord Mayor Of Liverpool at the Liverpool Town Hall

I support my team in driving value with sales teams and customers. We’re continually seeking new business and driving new initiatives.

Steve joined CA Technologies some 12 years ago. He currently has a home office, and spends a lot of time travelling around Europe particularly to Prague and more often to our UK offices at Ditton Park.

I’m in Education to assess what our future business will look like. It is a highly volatile market with massively changing client needs. I’ve also played my part in other parts of the business supporting developing markets (particularly MENA, South Africa) & major projects in Northern Europe.

CA offers a wide range of rewards and benefits that appeal to different employees. When it comes to what Steve has taken advantage of as a member of the LGBT community, CA’s internal diversity network ‘THRIVE’ has been a standout for him. He has nothing but huge praise for the allies who play a key part in the LGBTA THRIVE group.

CA definitely benefits from having diversity in our workforce – evidence shows that this improves creativity and productivity with the company. Providing a supportive environment where everyone can be themselves and are accepted is a big deal within global companies.

I experienced discrimination a few times early on in my career and would not wish that sort of thing to happen to others – pleased to say this never happened in CA or previous company I worked for. However, discrimination still exists and we have an important role to play inside and outside of CA.

Showing we have a thriving LGBT group may help others in the company be more comfortable about themselves and they may also want to join the group.

Bring What You Bring

With CA’s “Bring What You Bring” employer brand, we asked Steve what he brings to CA Technologies.

Innovation is a constant. I sing, perform regularly and occasionally write songs – which I think helps with work innovation and creativity. I am also customer centric with an emphasis on customer empathy.

Steve’s day typically starts with a number of forecast and business reviews. He’ll then typically work on client proposals as well as develop new business opportunities.

I’ll try to do a gym visit if I’m in my home office. Afternoon and some evenings will normally involve calls with my colleagues in the US, particularly on new offerings and initiatives.

When it comes to the favourite part of his job, Steve loves being surrounded by his great team, as well as the variety, change and challenge his role offers him personally.

I love being part of the team work at CA. We have a good team in Education and I’m very pleased to work alongside them in Europe and globally.

Steve meeting one of his idols, Neil Sedaka

Steve has been actively involved in CA’s THRIVE LGBT work stream over the past couple of years. He’s part of the group that help educate those around him, both inside and outside the company to be accepting of others.

Having a THRIVE group for LGBTA (A=Allies not apathy) is very important to me as both a gay person AND as someone who sees equality and diversity as important – both inside and outside of the workplace.

When one or two states in the US were introducing discriminatory bills/laws, it was a massive thing to see our CEO, Mike Gregoire be one of the signatories to a letter to North Carolina legislators – it proves we are serious about our messaging.

Steve would most definitely recommend CA Technologies as an employer of choice.

We are a very open company that actively encourages diversity and a big supporter of equality – come join us!

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LGBT Pride Month Profile – David Sanchez

CA Technologies is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by championing a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community.

Meet David Sanchez, Research Engineer, based in Spain. David is quite the gamer and loves playing video games in his spare time.

What is a Research Engineer, you may ask?

To describe David’s role in simple terms, he keeps an eye on technologies developed in universities, or other research centers, with the potential to be applied in CA’s products.

Whenever possible, I help in the advancement of such technologies in collaboration with Universities and other partners. For instance, I am currently in a European-funded project with partners across Europe with the objective of studying how to improve University-Industry collaboration to foster and accelerate knowledge transfer.

David chose CA Technologies as his first employer when starting his career back in 2014.

After finishing a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering, I decided to continue my career by pursuing a doctoral (PhD) program. As part of the industrial doctorate program, the research branch of CA Technologies in Barcelona started a collaboration with the local government for hiring new PhD candidates. I fell in love with the idea of the project and I immediately applied. Three years have passed, and I will be completing my thesis this September.

CA offers a wide range of rewards and benefits that appeal to different employees. When it comes to what David has taken advantage of as a member of the LGBT community, CA’s internal diversity network ‘THRIVE’ has been a standout for him.

I believe THRIVE has helped in my personal development. Initially, I had the impression that I had to hide my own feelings as a member of the LGBT community, to act ‘properly’ in a professional environment. The culture that THRIVE creates at CA has helped me to realize how wrong I was, proving how inclusive an organisation it really is!

Bring What You Bring

With CA’s “Bring What You Bring” employer brand, we asked David what he brings to CA Technologies.

As the non-techie guy in the group, I provide a different perspective during problem resolution. Besides, my ability for pivoting and experience with changing contexts, the team feel reliant upon me for projects of different magnitude and scope: From very scientific and methodical projects in collaboration with university professors, to program-level discussions.

David’s day typically starts as the Spanish tradition mandates, with a cup of coffee with his fellow CA family.

The usual planning for the day involves several meetings with my colleagues and, phone calls / e-mails with external researchers. During these meetings, I work on disseminating the obtained results internally and externally. Not as often as I would love to, I travel to meet other research partners or present the results in international scientific conferences.

When it comes to the favourite part of his job, David definitely loves being constantly on the edge of knowledge.

It is true that the uncertainty of working with hypothesis generates stress, as they may be proven false (or not-so-useful) some months later. But the satisfaction of seeing your work being discussed and appreciated by other known (and admired) researchers… makes everything worthwhile.

David is fortunate to work in the wonderful city of Barcelona, as he refers to, “a dream place for anyone in the LGBT community in Spain”.

Besides that, I love the atmosphere that the open-space concept in CA’s offices. It helps us to connect with people in other departments, to know each other, and to generate new research ideas based on background conversations. I also love how I can ‘customize’ the desk to show my freaky / japan-lover / gamer personality.

David would most definitely recommend CA Technologies as an employer of choice.

I would recommend CA to any member of the LGBT community (and non-LGBT too) as its culture is perfect for the personal and professional career development.

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

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Author: Stuart Hazell | Senior Marketing Specialist , Talent Acquisition
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