The second Roseto Salon: Getting Individual Recognition in a Teamwork Environment

October 13th, 2011 No Comments

The second Roseto Salon will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Lobby Conference Room of Cisco Bldg. 24, 510 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, California 95035.

6:30 to 7:00 PM Networking & Light Refreshments
7:00 to 8:00 PM Round Table Panel Discussion
8:00 to 8:30 PM Networking
The topic is “Getting Individual Recognition in a Teamwork Environment.”

In Silicon Valley we work in teams. No one person has the knowledge or skills to build a product alone, certainly not in the short time that our product cycles allow. How well each of us works as a team member—”teamwork”–is crucial to the success of our employers and to us as individuals. It is a key part of our annual reviews, and we are proud of our contributions to our teams and our ability to work with our teammates.

Yet the annual review also asks how you did your job as an individual, as distinct from the team. Without the ability to distinguish your individual contributions from the accomplishments of the team, your career advancement could be somewhat limited. And in writing a resume and submitting an application to a new employer, we tend to emphasize what our teams accomplished. But the prospective employer won’t spend a lot of time on team accomplishments and will ask–and focus on—”What did you, as an individual, do?”

So the question is: how do we do both? How do we gain recognition and appreciation for our individual contributions, while still being viewed as a good team player? It isn’t easy, but it’s absolutely necessary.
Come and join us for an evening of stimulating discussion. Let your thoughts and opinions be heard!

Our speakers are:
Jeff Hahn, former Quality Director at Oracle Corp. and Cisco Systems
Chi Nguyen, PMO, R&D, and CTO Office at i365, a Seagate company
Cindy Ventrice, expert and consultant on employee recognition; author of “Make Their Day: Employee Recognition that Works

RSVP: or (408) 221-9760

Speaker Bios

Jeff Hahn

Jeff Hahn has worked in high tech in the Silicon Valley for over 30 years in the aerospace, software, and telecommunication industries. He began his interest in software quality as a software developer and manager with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. There he was responsible for the Integration and Test and eventually the development of the IDEX II Image Workstation, declassified in 2005. The IDEX II program was commended personally by George H. W. Bush. The workstation is now part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and can be viewed at
Mr. Hahn continued his quality journey at Oracle and then Cisco Systems as both an internal software quality consultant and a Quality Director. At Oracle he started and built the Consumer Packaged Goods quality assurance team comprised of a cross-functional team of quality engineers, sales, product managers, Oracle consultants, external consultants, and external customers. He spent the past 12 years at Cisco working primarily as a Quality Director driving software quality processes and best practices in Engineering. In addition he led the TL 9000 Metrics team in driving customer experience with top Service Providers such as AT&T, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, and Time-Warner Cable.
Mr. Hahn has been married for 24 years and has two sons. His avocation is music. He plays electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, and ukulele in many styles in local bands.

Chi Nguyen

Chi Nguyen is the Program Lead at i365 with responsibility for building Program Decision Making framework to support worldwide organizations that develop/deliver cloud storage and services for 30,000+ SMB customers. Guided by the CTO’s vision & strategy, Chi is responsible for the realization of innovative corporate strategies. He also leads the management of Channel Sales and Marketing programs to expand i365 service offerings to the channel to increase market share.
Prior to joining i365, Chi worked at Kaiser Permanente in Strategic Sourcing and KPIT Network Transformation. Notable is his 10 years at Cisco in NMTG and Finance, as Solutions Program Manager and Worldwide Strategic Planner.

Cindy Ventrice

Recognition expert Cindy Ventrice consults with organizations across many industries including: technology, nonprofit, government, health care, service, trade, education and tourism. She has worked with human resources, program administrators, trainers, and managers to create a workplace where employees feel valued. Through training and coaching she has helped managers worldwide, from team lead to CEO, who wanted to establish recognition practices that reduce turnover and improve productivity.
Her clients have included MIT, The United Nations, State Farm Insurance, Cisco, Bell Canada, and Wells Fargo.
She is the author of the best-seller “Make Their Day! Employee Recognition That Works” and has been quoted extensively, including in The New York Times, Harvard Business Update, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Workforce Magazine,, and on CNBC.

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