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What employees are saying about WORLDPAC ... “I can send a note to the CEO with ideas and get a personal response. I don’t know anywhere else that can happen.” “Open communication and encouragement to think outside the box” “Teamwork and professionalism in a fun and diverse environment!” “The recognition of being selected as a Top Bay Area Employer for four consecutive years validates our commitment in cultivating a very open and rewarding work environment where our teammates are afforded opportunities to excel and remain highly committed to achieving our mutual goals.”

~ Bob Cushing, President & CEO, WORLDPAC • Over 100 locations in North America • Serving Local Communities for 40+ Years • Growth Opportunities • Diverse Workplace • Customer Focused • Team Oriented Voted Top Workplaces 4 Consecutive Years!


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Exceptional Careers. Exceptional People.

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Life at Stryker. Stryker allows you to make a difference by creating innovative medical technology that provides life-changing solutions to enhance and save lives. At Stryker, we care as much about what you can do as what you have done, helping you to discover, apply and develop your strengths and talents.

Join Us. Make a Difference. Learn how a career at Stryker allows you to make a difference by visiting www.stryker.com/careers. 5900 Optical Court, San Jose • 47900 Bayside Parkway, Fremont

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TOP WORKPLACES 2013 WINNERS In this survey, large companies have 500 or more employees.

LARGE COMPANIES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Workday | Pleasanton Box | Los Altos Stryker Endoscopy | San Jose ★ P. 3 Del Grande Dealer Group | San Jose ★ P. 17 Pet Food Express | Oakland

6. Charles Schwab | San Francisco ★ P. 5

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7. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

17. FedEx | Oakland ★ P. 37

| Palo Alto

8. Citrix Systems Inc. | Santa Clara ★ P. 25 9. Adobe Systems Incorporated | San Jose 10. Fremont Bank | Fremont ★ P. 22-23

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation | Santa Clara 24 Hour Fitness | San Ramon Plantronics | Santa Cruz DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc. | San Jose Bon Appetit Management Company | Palo Alto SAP | Palo Alto

18. Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District | Livermore ★ P. 20-21

19. TiVo Inc. | Alviso 20. Electronic Arts Inc. | Redwood City


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Great city. Great news. Great place to work. Thank you, Schwab employees, for naming us a “Top Workplace” in the Bay Area.

Maybe it’s our company values. Our commitment to clients. Our diversity and inclusiveness. Our terrific benefits. Or maybe all those things combined make Schwab a different kind of investment firm and a place our employees really like to work. How about you? Is Schwab your kind of workplace? Visit aboutschwab.com/careers

©2013 Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. All rights reserved. Member SIPC. (0413-2561) ADP75052

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TOP WORKPLACES 2013 WINNERS In this survey, midsize companies have 151-499 employees.

MIDSIZE COMPANIES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara Sereno Group Real Estate | Los Gatos Stonebrook Healthcare Center | Concord ★ P. 31 The Container Store | San Jose, San Francisco, Corte Madera, Walnut Creek Energy Experts International | Redwood City BKF Engineers | Redwood City A10 Networks | San Jose ★ P. 43 Microchip Technology Inc. | San Jose Nimble Storage | San Jose Medivation, Inc. | San Francisco ★ P. 11 Ask.com | Oakland CMG Financial | San Ramon NetSuite, Inc. | San Mateo ★ P. 6-7, 9 Any Mountain | Berkeley

15. Bridge Bank | San Jose

16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.

Santa Cruz Seaside Company | Santa Cruz ★ P. 35 California Water Service Group | San Jose ★ P. 33 One Workplace | Santa Clara Lincoln Child Center | Oakland Taos Mountain Inc. | San Jose Coupons.com Incorporated | Mountain View Sungevity | Oakland Omnicell, Inc. | Mountain View Viasystems Group, Inc. | San Jose WORLDPAC, Inc. | Newark ★ P. 2 Starlight and Stars Community Services | San Jose Provident Credit Union | Redwood Shores Spansion Inc. | Sunnyvale ★ P. 14 Ruckus Wireless | Sunnyvale Air Systems, Inc. | San Josese


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SPECIAL AWARDS

Special Awards for Bay Area Top Workplaces 2013 Employees’comments were used to determine Top Workplaces in specific categories of awards.

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Managers Sereno Group Real Estate Los Altos

Direction Hyatt Regency Santa Clara

Clued-in senior management Workday Pleasanton

Work/life flexibility Ask.com Oakland

My manager cares about my concerns, helps me learn and grow, and makes it easier to do my job well

I believe this company is going in the right direction

Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company

I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life

The Sereno Group provides me with the perfect, most professional working environment to do my best in real estate. All of my clients have been impressed with the management, the brand of the company and the commitment by the senior Sereno people to the community… I believe in the ethics and morals of our leaders and they encourage us to be our best!

Meaningfulness McManis Faulkner San Jose

The co-CEOs genuinely care about the quality of the Workday experience for employees and at the same time possess the unique capabilities necessary to create a super-company. The technical challenges are many and exciting; the people that work here are, just about to a person, fantastic to work with and caring about Workday and our customers.

My job makes me comfortable and learn with dignity…I love my job because of team members, management and my work.

Communication Rich Relevance San Francisco

I get the formal training I want for my career

New ideas Box Los Altos New ideas are encouraged at this company Aaron Levie is an amazing CEO, visionary and yet so humble. He cultivates that culture at Box. I am challenged, I learn and I feel as though I am contributing to something meaningful… I feel I can contribute and have seen my ideas implemented.

Doers APN Software Services, Inc. Newark At this company, we do things efficiently and well

My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful I am permitted to focus on my areas of strength, which gives me confidence and job satisfaction… I feel that my hard work is noticed and appreciated. In addition, my interests are supported at the firm and my professional growth is encouraged… everyone is respected and valued for the contribution they bring to the office and case teams.

Ethics Sequoia San Mateo This company operates by strong values and ethics I get to make a positive difference in the lives of my clients and their employees. I enjoy the teamwork culture and feel very supported… I get to make a positive difference in the lives of my clients and their employees. I enjoy the teamwork culture and feel very supported… We all care about each other.

I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company This is the first company I have worked for that has both strong business goals and a great culture. That balance is very hard to find and I believe RichRelevance should be a model for others to follow… The company regularly has social events, so people can interact, and not just around company-related projects, but on a real inter-personal level.

Appreciation Azul Systems Sunnyvale I feel genuinely appreciated at this company it’s interesting, challenging. I’m working with the great team. My managers are awesome!

Training DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. San Jose Benefits Sungevity Oakland My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry I get to develop and grow a cornerstone by which the company’s future will be impacted. I feel like a have a seat at the table for major decisions that impact my business. I really enjoy the people I work with and the way the company treats their employees.


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Medivation’s most valuable asset is its employees. 5*-$:'B $ ;/*% -'=A*/'(-'? ?"$? A> .*/4<2:=-7 -'B$BA'B7

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Visit www.medivation.com/careers to learn how you can become part of our motivated and growing team.

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TOP WORKPLACES 2013 WINNERS In this survey, small companies have less than 150 employees.

SMALL COMPANIES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

iD Tech Camps | Campbell J&J Air Conditioning | San Jose McManis Faulkner | San Jose APN Software Services, Inc. | Newark ★ P. 15 The ABD Team | San Mateo The Cooper Companies, Inc. | Pleasanton Berding & Weil LLP | Walnut Creek RichRelevance | San Francisco Xactly Corporation | San Jose ★ P. 33 Keller Williams Realty Santa Cruz | Santa Cruz Sequoia | San Mateo ★ P. 33 Azul Systems, Inc. | Sunnyvale The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group | Santa Cruz ISCS | San Jose ★ back cover Intacct Corporation | San Jose ★ P. 13 Nelson Family of Companies | Sonoma Sensiba San Filippo LLP | Pleasanton Commerce Mortgage | San Ramon ★ P. 37 MuleSoft | San Francisco WilmerHale | Palo Alto Hassett Ace Hardware | Half Moon Bay, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Willow Glen Elance, Inc. | Mountain View ★ P. 31 Integrated Archive Systems, Inc. | Palo Alto

24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45.

Environmental Chemical Corporation | Burlingame Appirio | San Francisco Addepar | Mountain View The Ascent Services Group | Walnut Creek The National Food Laboratory, LLC | Livermore McGuire and Hester | Oakland Kidder Mathews | San Francisco Mason-McDuffie Mortgage Corp. | San Ramon Loring Ward | San Jose HFS Consultants | Oakland Curtis Instruments | Livermore NHS Inc | Santa Cruz Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park | San Mateo Diablo Valley Oncology / Hematology Medical Group | Pleasant Hill EVault, Inc. | San Francisco Hologic | Santa Clara Contra Costa Child Care Council | Concordrd First Databank, Inc. | South San Francisco cisscoo ★ P. 27 Composite Software, Inc. | San an Mateo eo Jillian’s Billiards | Chatsworth tsworth worth ModCloth | San Francisco rancisco ncisco nc Rimini Street treet reet In Inc. | Pleasanton Pl nto ★ P. 26


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SPECIAL AWARDS

Special Awards for Leadership Leadership (Large Company) Dave Duffield & Aneel Bhusri Workday, Pleasanton (also honored in this category in 2011, 2012)

What does the leader(s) do well? The co-CEOs genuinely care about the quality of the Workday experience for employees and at the same time possess the unique capabilities necessary to create a super-company. They have: Great vision. Great execution. Great discipline and focus to achieve the company goals. Great at managing people. Workday employees are happy to work here! Drive, motivation, belief in our products/ services, confidence, intelligence, ability to see the big/small picture. Even with the rapid rate of growth, they still go out of their way to know who people are and what they do.

Leadership (Midsize Company) Spansion is built on the strength, determination and innovation of our employees. We thank our entire Spansion family for believing in the vision and continuing our efforts to be the leading provider of Flash-based embedded systems solutions. Spansion solutions are at the heart of today's electronics, powering everything from automotive and industrial systems to consumer devices that are enriching people's daily lives. Visit www.spansion.com/careers to learn more about Spansion and current openings.

@Spansion facebook.com/spansion linkedin.com/company/spansion

Michael Watanabe Energy Experts International Redwood City What does the leader(s) do well? Mike is not only a great leader but a very great person to look up to and follow once you understand how he moved his way to the top. With his limited time, I have always appreciated the time he would set aside to speak to his employees, whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important or short conversation. He makes me feel like a valued individual in his company and is an infectious and magnetic leader.

Leadership (Small Company) Pete & Alexa Ingram-Cauchi iD Tech Camps, Campbell What does the leader(s) do well? The co-founders bring out the best in all employees and are well informed and current in business trends. They listen, appreciate, value, respond and empower each of us every day... no one is left behind in discussions, and in the direction of the company.


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APN Software Services is a Great Place to Work

APN Software Services, Inc. is a rapidly growing organization with highly qualified and experienced professionals providing Staffing and Consulting services to Fortune 500 companies. We have extensive experience in running world-class service operations in the global environment. APN ensures exceptional client experience through worldclass talent, strong management focus, dedicated business units and a strong financial platform. Our capabilities are strengthened by defined processes and clearly executed management supervision. Our Service areas besides Information Technology include Engineering, Financial and Administration. We have a global footprint with multiple office locations in USA, South America and Asia. Our global capabilities include cost effective staffing solutions, system development and Integration.

“Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week.” APN strives to be the best in the industry. We enjoy a challenge, embrace competition and we are committed to providing the finest service to our clients. We are a close-knit team of high-tech professionals. We place strong emphasis on continuing education for our consultants, and we sponsor various training programs, which relate to consultant’s growth, client projects and current technology requirements.

Please visit us at apninc.com for job opportunities.

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What is important to workers SURVEY FACTORS CONNECTION 74% DIRECTION 71% EXECUTION 68% MY WORK 66% MY MANAGER 58% MY PAY & BENEFITS 47%

SURVEY STATEMENTS I believe this company is going in the right direction 66%

About the Top Workplaces 2013 Survey

I feel genuinely appreciated at this company

Provided by WorkplaceDynamics, who conducted theTopWorkplaces Bay Area 2013 project.

I am confident about my future at this company

66% 65%

Outreach

My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful

WorkplaceDynamics reaches out to employers with at least 40 employees in the Bay Area to participate. We use a combination of print & online ads, and direct outreach to employers using direct marketing list (e.g. infoUSA).

I am confident in the leader of this company

62% 62%

This company operates by strong values and ethics

Employee survey We survey employees at participating employers using either paper surveys or an online survey application. Employees respond to a set of statements using a seven point Likert scale. Each of the statements has been tested to ensure it has a high correlation with how employees feel about their workplace, which is calculated by correlating the statement responses to a control question which asks each employee to rate their workplace on a scale of zero to 99.

Response requirements We require a response rate of at least 35% for employees based in the Bay Area. In addition, employers with 85 or fewer Bay Area employees must have at least 30 responders. We encourage employers to survey all employees, but large employers can choose to randomly sample their Bay Area employees. At least 500 employees must be included in the random sample for employers 2,500 or less. For those employers over 2,500 but less than 5,000 employees, we require 20% minimum distributed. For employers 5,000 or more the minimum is 1,000 surveys distributed.

Testing for questionable results After the survey is complete, we first run a series of statistical tests to look for any questionable results. We disqualify a small number of employers based on these tests. As the effectiveness of these tests depends on employers not being aware of them, we do not publish the details.

Selection of Top Workplaces We categorize the employers into size bands because smaller employers tend to score higher than midsize employers, and midsize employers tend to score higher than large employers. We then rank the employers within their size band based solely on the employee responses to the survey statements. The top employers in each size band are then selected as the Top Workplaces in the Bay Area for 2013.

58% Senior managers understand what is really happening at this company 58% At this company, we do things efficiently and well 56% This job has met or exceeded the expectations I had when I started 56% My manager cares about my concerns 55% New ideas are encouraged at this company 54% I feel well-informed about important decisions at this company 53% My manager makes it easier to do my job well 52% My manager helps me learn and grow 51% There is not a lot of frustration at my workplace 49% I get the formal training I want for my career 48% My pay is fair for the work I do 44% I have the flexibility I need to balance my work and personal life 40% My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry 33%


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Del Grande Dealer Group is me. les Volu 012 Sa 011 & 2 2 n o d *Base

Del Grande Dealer Group is Silicon Valley’s Largest Family Owned Automotive Group! We are interested in growing our Sales, Service and Parts Teams with individuals who listen well, care deeply about Outstanding Customer Service, are conscientious and want to be part of a Team that prides itself on the “Ultimate Automotive Experience.” It also extends to every member of our DGDG team. We firmly believe that “Happy Team Members” make “Happy Car Buyers”!

BE A HAPPY CAR BUYER!


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op Workplaces in the Bay Area are vibrant companies with amazing goals and visions. They foster their employees, they serve customers locally as well as around the globe, enriching lives and whole communities. Here are just a few facts shared by a few of our productive, visionary and creative corporate winners. Over 150,000 businesses – including 92 percent of the Fortune 500 – share, access and manage content with Box: anywhere, anytime, on any device.“We’re innovating and engaging with super-smart Boxers from the world’s leading colleges, universities and companies,”noted the Los Altos-based company. One Workplace, an office furniture solutions business,“recently moved to Santa Clara; strategically placing ourselves closer to our clients. The move was made with much thought and by implementing leading trends that are now being adopted by our customers. By taking into account the products and services we sell while utilizing the indoor and outdoor working environments, we have developed a truly collaborative workspace in what we call the office of the future. Being in an open environment will make a significant impact on positive communication and collaboration across our company. The company also has hired a local‘artist in residence’whose creative contributions will both inspire employees and excite our customers who come through our space and see what we can do for their workplaces.”

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In 1961, two airline pilots set out to invent an alternative to the conventional headsets of commercial aviation. This was the beginning of Plantronics, based in Santa Cruz.“We made history when Neil Armstrong uttered the legendary words:‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’through a Plantronics headset. Now Plantronics is leading the evolution of a trend we call Smarter Working… This concept prioritizes people over place, delivers flexible solutions that fit how different people work and makes it easier for them to work more effectively and successfully across different work environments.” Based in Santa Clara County with additional offices in Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay area, Sereno Group Real Estate reports:“We were the first residential real estate company to become completely green certified in every one of our offices.” In 2012, Stryker Endoscopy, a producer of sophisticated surgical tools, won the Gallup Great Workplace Award for the fifth time in the six years since the award was created. Stryker was also recognized for the second time on Fortune Magazine’s Top 100 Companies to Work For at position #80 in 2012. Other accolades include rankings in Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, Forbes’Top 100 Most Innovative Companies, Workforce Diversity Magazine and Newsweek’s Green Company Ratings. Stryker Endoscopy was awarded #2 Top Large

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Workplace in the Bay Area.“Stryker’s innovative endoscopy equipment combines voice activation, infrared technology and high-definition video to give surgeons greater control and patients better outcomes,” reports the company. Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati of Palo Alto, noted,“In 2012, the firm ranked No. 2 overall in The American Lawyer’s Diversity Scorecard, reflecting our high percentages of minority attorneys and partners. Furthermore, in 2012 WSGR was ranked No. 4 on MultiCultural Law magazine’s list of the“Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity.”The firm’s diversity accomplishments were featured in a Minority Law Journal cover story in 2008. The firm is at the forefront of the legal industry in having a formal part-time policy for its partners in addition to a partnership-track part-time policy for its associates. In April 2013, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly hosted the 34th Annual Tall Tree Awards, at which WSGR Chairman Larry Sonsini accepted the 2013“Outstanding Business”Tall Tree Award on behalf of the firm. Citrix Systems Inc’s business statistics include 2012 revenue of $2.59 billion, 8,400 employees in 35 countries plus 10,000 partners in over 100 countries. They serve over 260,000 corporate customers, 1 million Continued on page 42

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The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District & Board of Trustees Celebrate & Appreciate Our Generous & Supportive Community Partners

Abode Services Alameda County Conservation Partnership Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Alameda County Food Bank Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Alameda County Master Gardeners Alden Lane Nursery Altamont Cruisers Bent Creek Winery Big Lots Boomers! Livermore Cabernet Indoor Sports California Mathematics Coaching Consortium California School Employees Association Campo di Bocce Caratti Jewelers Cedar Grove Community Church Center for Community Dispute Settlement Chinese American Cooperation Council Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints CLOROX Comcast Community Association for Preschool Education Contra Costa Economic Partnership “Contra Costa Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Workforce Initiative” Cornerstone Fellowship Daughters of the American Revolution Donors Choose Dreyer’s DuPont East Bay Community Foundation East Bay Youth and Family Initiatives Family Education Resource Center

First Presbyterian Church Fretted Friends Future Farmers of America Granada Bowl Hertz Foundation Hindu Community and Cultural Center / Shiva Vishu Temple Horace Mann Insurance Horizons Family Counseling I-GATE Iglesia Ni Cristo Innovation Tri-Valley Interagency Children’s Policy Council Islamic Center of Livermore KKIQ Knights of Columbus LifeStyles RX Lions Club Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (Wheels) Livermore Community Service Council Livermore Cultural Arts Council Livermore Downtown Inc. Livermore Education Association Livermore Management Association Livermore PATCH Livermore Printers Design & Sign Livermore Rodeo Foundation Livermore Rotary Foundation Livermore Sanitation Livermore Valley Tennis Club Livermore Winegrowers Association Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City Organization (LYSCO) Macy’s Melo’s Pizza & Pasta

Mony Nop Foundation Mountain Mike’s Pizza Mr. Pickle’s Livermore NextEra Energy Nothing Bundt Cakes Oakland Athletics Parent Club Information Council (PCIC) Paxti’s Pizza Raley’s READing Paws Rockin’ Jump Rotary Club of Livermore Valley Safeway, Inc Service Employees International Union Simply Fondue Soroptimist International Livermore Spanky’s Dog House St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church String’s Italian Café Student Education Loan Fund Target The Taylor Family Foundation TOPScience Tri-Valley YMCA Union Pacific Railroad Company University of California, Davis Vine Cinema WalMart Waste Management WattzOn Workforce Incubator Zone 7 Water Agency 24 Hour Fitness 4-H Clubs in Livermore

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Together we ... INFORM • INSPIRE • INCLUDE • INNOVATE

LIVERMORE VALLEY JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world.

To learn more about our award-winning schools, please visit: www.livermoreschools.com.

Altamont Creek Elementary • Arroyo Seco Elementary • Croce Elementary • Jackson Avenue Elementary • Marylin Avenue Elementary • Rancho Las Positas Elementary • Smith Elementary Sunset Elementary • Vineyard Elementary • Joe Michell K-8 School • Junction Avenue K-8 School • Christensen Middle School • East Avenue Middle School • Mendenhall Middle School Granada High School • Livermore High School • Del Valle Continuation High School • Phoenix Continuation High School • Vineyard High School • Livermore Adult School

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We work hard together and we celebrate together. We’re proud to be recognized as a “Top Place to Work” by the Bay Area News Group three years in a row. Working together and creating client advocates isn’t

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just our business philosophy, it’s also our reward. Fremont Bank’s associates have a significant 17% ownership stake in the company through its Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).

WE’RE HIRING! www.fremontbank.com/careers Human Resources: 800.123.4567

Find out why nearly 20% of associates have worked at Fremont Bank for over 10 years!

@FremontBank www.fb.com/fremontbank

Family owned and operated since 1964.

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We work hard together and we celebrate together. We’re proud to be recognized as a “Top Place to Work” by the Bay Area News Group three years in a row. Working together and creating client advocates isn’t

Honored to be a

Bay Area News Group Top Workplace

just our business philosophy, it’s also our reward. Fremont Bank’s associates have a significant 17% ownership stake in the company through its Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).

WE’RE HIRING! www.fremontbank.com/careers Human Resources: 800.123.4567

Find out why nearly 20% of associates have worked at Fremont Bank for over 10 years!

@FremontBank www.fb.com/fremontbank

Family owned and operated since 1964.

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Successful Bay Area companies serve their communities in myriad ways By Maggie Sharpe Correspondent

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rom paid time off for their workers to volunteer at the charity of their choice, to fundraising through AIDS walks and bike rides, to serving seniors and at-risk children – Bay Area Top Workplaces share their time, their profits and their passion for the betterment of their local communities – and the world.

Here are some examples of local businesses’ philanthropy which are among the Top Workplaces in the Bay Area 2013. In 2012, Workday of Pleasanton employees raised nearly $30,000 for American Cancer Society’s Livermore Relay for Life. They also support the following organizations: Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair, Alameda County Food Bank, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, Movember — which raises awareness of men’s health issues, Primo’s Run for Education (benefiting the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation) and the PulsePoint Foundation. The company is the top Large Company in this year’s Top Workplaces. G.I. Jobs Magazine ranks 24 Hour Fitness in the“Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers.”Employee Jessica Maddin launched Jessica’s Hope Project three years ago to send fitness care packages to U.S. troops overseas. The company has to date donated $17,000 worth of products, including vitamins and protein bars, to fill 1,400 care packages. In another effort, the company furthers youth fitness with sports camps such as the Harlem Globetrotters Summer Skills Clinic. The company has multiple locations across the Bay Area and ranks 12th in the Large Companies category.

Coupons.com, Inc.: Coupons for Change (CFC) Giant Lunchbox Awareness

Dozens of Top Workplaces of the Bay Area support the various Second Harvest Food Banks in multiple counties. For example, employees at A10 Networks in San Jose pitch in with the Second Harvest Food Collection by donating, delivering and sorting at Second Harvest’s Sacred Heart Community Center. A Christmas Giving Tree with gifts for all ages has become an employee tradition. A10 ranks seventh among the Midsize Companies. Pet Food Express, based in Oakland, supports police dogs by donating bulletproof vests to every police K-9 in Northern California that needs one. They have provided more than 200 vests and also pay for medical care for retired police K-9s. They support animal search and rescue efforts of California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) and created My Mutt program, which has raised over a million dollars for pet rescue in the last six years. The firm ranks fifth in Large Companies.

Pet Food Express: K-9 support

Sereno Group Real Estate, with multiple offices in the South Bay, and ranked as the second Top Workplace in the Midsize Companies, supports organizations

in all the cities in which it has offices.“At Sereno Group, we are always encouraged to see the good, and uphold it,”the company reported. Sereno Group has pledged to give 1 percent of its gross commissions to a charitable or community-minded program in these communities: Palo Alto, Los Altos, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Willow Glen and Santa Cruz. Among the beneficiaries are Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Paralyzed Veterans, Saratoga Senior Center, CancerCare Point, local schools, American Diabetes Association and Santa Cruz Search and Rescue, plus many others. Last year, Bon Appétit Management Company in Palo Alto united efforts with accounts in Northern California for a month-long campaign to raise $6,000 (the equivalent of 3,000 hot and healthy meals) for Project Open Hand, which offers daily meals to seniors and people with serious illnesses. In 2012, Project Open Hand named Bon Appétit the recipient of its“Most Outstanding Community Partner” Continued on page 28


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Community Involvement, continued from page 24 Like many Silicon Valley companies, Microchip Technology Inc. supports both local charities and those specifically tied to technology. Through the company’s participation in United Way, they help many area non-profits; through their other contributions to FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – they support education for area school children. Also, The Microchip Technology Charitable Foundation supports additional agencies and matches employee donations to many additional charities. The San Jose-based firm ranks eighth in Midsize Companies. At Addepar in Mountain View, named 26th in the Small Companies, community involvement“comes from the top down.”CEO Joe Lonsdale is chairman of ONEHOPE Wine, which donates 50 percent of its profits to causes such as pediatric AIDS prevention, ending childhood hunger and forest preservation in the U.S.

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efforts on two charities: CARE, which has been helping the world’s most in-need people since WWII, and The Shelter Network, a San Mateo County organization that helps the homeless. Each year the company provides school supplies to young local shelter residents through its Back-to-School program. The company ranks 42th in the Small Companies category. To support employee involvement in their communities, EVault, Inc., with offices in San Francisco and Emeryville, created an Office of Corporate Responsibility. As of July 2013, the Voluntary Time Off program will give employees 24 hours of paid time each year to volunteer. On EVault’s first Volunteer Day last April, employees around the world spent a half-day in volunteer service. The company’s goal is to help improve the lives of people who are struggling with poverty, disaster and other challenges. EVault ranks 38th in the Small Companies category. Coupons.com, Incorporated’s Coupons for Change (CFC) Awareness of Local Hunger campaign raises awareness of hunger in the Bay Area. CFC created a giant lunchbox that was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records. The lunchbox was filled with 400 new backpacks and donated to Second Harvest Food Bank and InnVision shelters. The event was supported by the San Francisco 49ers – including the team mascot. The company is 21st in the Midsize Companies ranking. Last year DaVita in San Jose, the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc., dedicated its three-day, 200-mile Tour DaVita bike ride to Bridge of Life, a non-profit that brings kidney treatment to underserved communities worldwide. Participants raised more than $911,000 and funded dialysis for more than 500 people. The tour also shone a light on the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle. By rallying almost 500 cyclists to join in the ride, the tour helped establish healthy behaviors that may last a lifetime. DaVita ranks 14th in the Large Companies.

Appirio’s CEO Chris Barbin is passionate about community programs that give back via employee time and talent. When the San Francisco-based company was still young, Barbin brought on an expert to lead the company’s community outreach through the Silver Lining Program. Each employee has eight hours of volunteer time off annually to use as they wish. In 2012, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties recognized the company’s contributions. Appirio is 25th in the Small Companies category. Now in its 37th year, Contra Costa Child Care Council, based in Concord and ranking 40th in the Small Companies category, improves the lives of children, families and communities. Counselors and specialists help some 15,470 parents, grandparents and foster parents each year by providing information about early childhood education and development. Employees also donate gifts to lowincome families. “Some families with extreme needs are in tears when they receive presents for their children along with gift cards they can use for food or other essentials,”the non-profit noted. The CEO of San Mateo-based Composite Software, Inc. focuses the company’s

provides NetSuite’s various professional services through its global workforce, helping charities locally and globally become more efficient and effective at running their organizations. Another program, SuiteImpact Teams, empowers employees to give back through traditional volunteer efforts in their local communities. These employee-led teams operate in each office and plan activities around the themes of children and youth, environment, homelessness and hunger and health. NetSuite was ranks 13th among Midsize Companies. Diablo Valley Oncology/Hematology Medical Group , among many outreach programs, presents a series of free cancer-specific educational events that give patients an opportunity to learn from medical experts and ask questions regarding their cancer journey. Last year,“We developed‘Pints for Prostates’at a local alehouse as another way to create awareness. Our doctors briefly talk about early detection of prostate cancer while the crowd enjoys a pint of beer, good food and a silent auction,” noted the company, which is 37th in the Small Companies rankings. They participate in many other Bay Area awareness walks and fairs.

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Through its Charitable Giving Match Program, Environmental Chemical Corporation (ECC) in Burlingame helped employees donate more than $135,000 in 2012 to organizations including Children in Need International, the American Cancer Society, Nepal Youth Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Project. This year ECC teams with Rebuilding Together when volunteers do hands-on home repairs and renovations for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners and community centers. ECC ranks 24th in the Small Companies category.

Tour DaVita kick off to support Bridge of Life

NetSuite, Inc., the corporate citizenship arm of the San Mateo-based software company, leverages staff and product to improve the operations of nonprofits and give back to charities on a local and global scale. The company has supplied product to over 350 organizations around the world. SuiteVolunteers

Chipping in for Rebuilding Together is Electronic Arts Inc. in Redwood City, which ranks 20th in the Large Companies. Also, for the past 15 years, employees, family and friends have raised money and awareness through the San Francisco AIDS Walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer. They also support funding and awareness of heart disease through the Peninsula Heart Walk. April marked the 40th anniversary of Federal Express, which ranks“giving back”as a core value. In the past, local employees have supported Friends of Faith Breast Cancer Walk, Children’s Backpack Program and Boo at the Oakland


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Zoo, to name a few. FedEx Oakland teams with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy on EarthSmart, to restore the Presidio Bluff with native plantings and removal of invasive species. FedX is 17th in Large Companies. Jillian’s Billiards in San Francisco continually strives to serve the Bay Area community. Each quarter, they schedule a staff community service outing with an organization or nonprofit. Over the past 12 months, they have participated in a resume writing workshop with Goodwill Industries, painted street poles for the city of San Francisco, assisted the gardeners on Alcatraz and fed homeless people at sites throughout the city. They rank 43rd in Small Companies. For the past seven years, Ask.com has sponsored and volunteered at the Fishing Derby for Special Kids, organized by the East Bay Regional Park District. The EBPD hosts 150 kids with special needs from local elementary schools, and the employees“buddy up”with them for fishing, arts and crafts, face painting and games. Company CEO, Doug Leeds, is very passionate about participating each year, and the company ranks 11th in Midsize companies.

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A team of employees formed The Cal Water Cares Committee, a function of California Water Service Group in San Jose. It coordinates Bay Area projects including“Share Your Lunch,”in which employees collect money for summertime lunches for underprivileged kids. During their annual United Way pledge drive, they auction off items contributed by employees, such as guided fishing trips, the CEO’s homemade Cherries Jubilee, gift baskets and crafts. The company California Water Service Group: Kid’s day also hosts Fishing Day for families at Ronald McDonald House. The firm is 17th in the Midsized Businesses. San Jose-based Loring Ward contributed to 50 organizations across the U.S. last year, including Hillel of Silicon Valley, Habitat for Humanity and the NAMI Walk 2013. They also match employee contributions to their charity of choice and donate to their clients’non-profits. Employees chip in to help at local food banks, Ronald McDonald House and the Sacred Heart’s Toy Box event. Loring Ward is 32nd in the Small Companies.

the learning day for low-income children across the country. Lawyers work with local sixth graders on a mock trial program in which students have an opportunity to learn the basics of the trial process, develop their public speaking skills and, most importantly, have fun learning. The program culminated on May 2, with a trial in front of a real judge and volunteer jury. Recently, members from the firm’s Women Leadership Initiative also volunteered with Citizen School girls in empowerment workshops. The company is ranks 20th in Small Workplaces. Staffing company Nelson Family of Companies of Sonoma takes a leadership role in job fairs, open houses and skill assessments and trainings to help candidates find jobs. They’ve built a rapport that fosters the connections needed for successful job placements. The company offers paid time off to employees to volunteer in job-search networks such as Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and Social Advocates for Youth. The firm is 16th in the Small Companies. First Databank, which ranks 41st in Small Companies, is set in South San Francisco and grants employees eight hours of paid time off each year to volunteer with a charity of their choice. Also, the employee-led Charity Committee supports Recycle for a Cause, Ronald McDonald House, American Red Cross, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Family Giving Tree. Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, which ranks 11th in Large Companies,

Once a year in May, Keller Williams Realty in Santa Cruz closes so that associates can give back to the communities where they work. This year they worked with New Life Community Services, a local in-patient rehabilitation center, performing painting, gardening and other maintenance jobs. The company also collected donations for everyday items used at the center, such as bed linens and kitchen accessories. The realty firm is 10th in Small Companies. Wilmer Hale’s Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping

Stonebrook Healthcare Center in Concord actively supports the local community by participation and leadership in the Chamber of Commerce; sponsoring the East Bay Senior Resource Expo; support of the SHC-Concord High School Fan Club; through their Deck The Halls Holiday House exhibit; a Spring Art Show supporting local high school artists; and by participating as the longterm care representative for emergency services in Contra Costa County. The center is third among the Midsize Companies. HFS Consultants budgets up to 15 percent of its prior year’s profits for community support in the form of cash, pro bono work and 16 hours of paid time that each employee can use for volunteer work. When the George Mark Children’s House, which provides pediatric palliative care, closed in 2010, HFS prepared a strategic plan to help the organization fundraise and re-open its doors. HFS supports food banks and soup kitchens and strives for a“greener work environment”by eliminating water bottles and plastics and reducing water and energy consumption. The Oakland company is 33rd in the Small Companies category.

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is based in Santa Clara and donates to organizations in need of help during disaster recovery such as the earthquakes in Japan, Haiti and China and the Boston Marathon tragedy. In partnership with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Hitachi helps animals through“Dog Days of Summer”when employees bring their well-mannered dogs into work for a day of fun that also promotes animal awareness.

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thousands of California families build financial stability — now California’s leading microfinance provider. The Palo Alto office partners with Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization that works with middle schools to expand

At The Ascent Services Group in Walnut Creek, management has taken a leadership role in working closely with a large non-profit organization providing technical training for economically disadvantaged individuals seeking careers in technology. The Ascent Services Group founded and continues to underwrite three professional associations, contributing hundreds of volunteer hours to Continued on page 34

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Diversity in the workforce distinguishes Bay Area Top Workplaces

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iversity is a given throughout Bay Area workplaces as people with specific talents and abilities and interests fill the workplaces. Many companies have specific celebrations of various cultures; most conduct diversity awareness training and schedule gatherings which encourage social interaction and a sharing of cultures. Several companies also have programs aimed at helping women develop their leadership abilities within their corporation as well as in the larger Bay Area community. Networking groups also encourage people of all ethnicities to become more strongly connected to the area, and to the world. Stonebrook Healthcare Center, Concord, reports a workforce of 18 percent Caucasian, 6 percent African American, 38 percent Filipino, 2 percent Asian, 15 percent Hispanic and 21 percent other.“We encourage and celebrate diverse ideas, cultures and ways of thinking. We celebrate different cultures by encouraging employees to lead celebrations/training to educate others about their culture cultural awareness days, cooking classes and grief support are among the topics.”The company also celebrates as employees become citizens. Stonebrook ranked third Midsize Company in that category this year. APN Software Services was ranked amongst the Top 200 Diversity Businesses in USA for three years in a row, and was fourth among Top Workplaces in the Small Companies category.“We encourage diversity at work and constantly target to work with diversity-approved companies.”The Newark-based company has a full-time Diversity Champion affiliated in the Human Resources office.

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At One Workplace, 18th among Midsize Companies, Santa Clara, reports a wide variety of ethnicities in the workplace, where both women and men fill a variety of roles, including the leadership team.“We do not base our hiring decisions on ethnicity or gender, rather on merit.” APN Software Services, Inc.

Air Systems, Inc., San Jose, noted that many of their employees are fluent in Spanish and Vietnamese and are able to help translate if necessary with employees and vendors who are more comfortable using their native language. Upon joining the company, each employee reads the corporate policy on antiharassment and must complete a related online training class within the first month. Air Systems ranks 30th among Midsize Companies.

Azul Systems, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, and ranked 12th in Small Companies, is proud of its remarkably diverse company:“The team, investors and customer base have been gathered from around the world.”They report that, biweekly, there is recognition in the company’s lunchroom of holiday fare or‘old country’favorites.

Events such as Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Chinese Lunar Year celebration and cultural potlucks help Stryker Endoscopy of San Jose“support and encourage people to share their diverse insights, perspectives and opinions.”We also support the Stryker Women’s Network which offers enhanced opportunities for members through networking, professional development, leadership mentoring, community outreach, and coeducational partnership projects.” “It is critical to our success that we have a workforce as diverse as the patients, professionals and communities we serve in over 120 countries around the world,”noted the company, which produces minimally invasive surgery systems. Stryker ranks third in Large Companies. Continued on page 32


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Diversity, continued from page 30 Support of a program surrounding women’s professional growth in the workplace is one way Nimble Storage, based in San Jose, recognizes diversity. The Nimble Women’s Network’s goals are to inspire women to meet their full potential and champion Nimble Storage values with focus on leadership, professional and personal development and networking. The company ranks 9th in Midsize Companies.

management, loan officers, operational staff and clientele and recognizes that “diversity can serve as a catalyst for enhanced decision-making, increased productivity and a competitive advantage.” Recently they celebrated Holi, a communal Indian Festival celebrating the colors and vitality of spring, with eBay and Paypal employees. The company ranked 18th in Small Companies. Taos Mountain Inc., an information technology services company, encourages a culture that embraces and values the diverse range of abilities, lifestyles, beliefs and backgrounds. Taos sets the tone and expectations early on through its employee handbook and stresses“that respect for individual differences is part of our core values.” Taos demonstrates its celebration and support of diversity through a dinner series that brings women in technology together, at both the leadership and individual contributor level. The dinners are a combination of employees, consultants, clients and partners that share stories and experiences that help navigate their careers in a male-dominated field. Based in San Jose, it ranks 20th in Midsize Companies.

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“Diversity is the best resource we have,”John Sensiba, managing partner of the consulting firm Sensiba San Filippo LLP, said.“All our partners understand that diversity brings strength more than anything. A firm that expands its vision of what a partner looks like can gain a competitive edge,”the San Jose-based company noted. It ranks 17th in Small Companies.

At the recent Women in Advanced Technology conference in San Jose, two Taos employees were part of a panel sharing their personal experiences in the industry, and two executives lead workshops for women on how to best present their technical skills and negotiate for projects, roles and salaries they believe they deserve. Taos remains an active supporter of the Hispanic IT Executive Council.

“We are proud of the bright, diverse, vibrant employee community we have created at Medivation, Inc.,”noted the San Francisco-based company. Thirtyfour percent of the population is ethnically diverse and more than half (56 percent) of the employees are female, including half of the executive team. Additionally, three of the seven members of the board of directors are women and all Board committees are chaired by women. Medivation ranked 10th in Midsize Companies.

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At Mason-McDuffie Mortgage in San Ramon, a variety of socials are scheduled monthly so team members can mingle and get to know one another’s unique attributes. They update their employment policies as needed to help“reflect our beliefs on improving diversity and cultural acceptance.”They advise offices to be aware of any language in written documents that could come across as offensive or discriminatory to people of diverse backgrounds. The company ranks 31st in Small Companies. DaVita reports its diversity program educates the workforce on the similarities and differences between genders, generations, ethnicities and physical abilities. They use electronic communication media to provide education to teammates on diverse world celebrations and how to leverage that knowledge to create a better environment for both patients and teammates. Based in San Jose, and 14th in Large Companies, they sponsor and have relationships with many diversity organizations. DaVita has recruiting web pages specifically targeted at veterans and those with disabilities. All teammates take diversity training as well as on generational differences.

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San Ramon-based Commerce Mortgage“promotes an all-inclusive work environment that acknowledges the positive contributions all types of people can make to an organization.”The company actively seeks diversity in its

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Livermore, is “increasingly diverse in our staffing and in the demographics of the population of students we serve.”Some 13 percent of students are English Learners, speaking 43 different languages/dialects. The majority are primary language Spanish speakers. An Equity Focus Group conducts research and provides a framework for valuing and celebrating differences and developing culturally responsive pedagogy. Student assemblies celebrate diversity and multiculturalism. Many school sites sponsor Diversity Week or Diversity Days that allow students and their families to share their culture and background. Many staff are bilingual. The district provides training for personnel in working with diverse groups of families and students in order to strengthen connections and outcomes. The LVJUSD is ranked 18th in Large Companies.

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Starlight and Stars Community Services in San Jose, reported that “diversity and cultural competency are particularly important, since Starlight provides programs for a diverse group of children and young adults in the county who face emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. Not only is Starlight’s staff diverse, with broad representation from various races and cultures, but the agency has implemented various programs to train staff about diversity and cultural competency.” Continued on page 34


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Community Involvement, continued from page 29 three professional associations, contributing hundreds of volunteer hours to improve the data (www.dmprofessionals.org), contingent workforce (www. cwprofessionals.org) and project portfolio (www.ppmprofessionals.org) management disciplines for their consultants and clients. The company ranks 27th in Small Companies. Bridge Bank in San Jose and its employees support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Boy Scouts of America, and many others. The bank ranks 15th in Midsize Companies and focuses much of its volunteerism on education; the bank is an active supporter of San Jose State University through an annual endowment and the development of a Banking Chair at the Center for Banking and Financial Services at SJSU’s College of Business; supports Santa Clara University’s Golden Circle; and underwrites KBAY’s Teacher of the Month Innovation Grant in partnership with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The ABD Team in San Mateo is as passionate about community service as it is about professional service. Their employees are actively involved in community and charity groups as donors, volunteers and leaders. The team kicked off 2013 by sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive at its office. CEO Brian Hetherington is particularly passionate about Rebuilding Together. The ABD Team will be painting, hammering, building and rebuilding on National Rebuilding day, noted the company. The insurance consultant ranks fifth in Small Companies.

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Santa Cruz-based NHS, Inc. donates to local schools and sports teams. They adopted a beach that employees clean three times a year. The company also supports the non-profit Board Rescue, which provides skateboards and safety equipment to underprivileged and at-risk children. They are 35th in the Small Companies category.

support local businesses as service providers to us, placing our dollars right back into the community,”the company noted.

Fremont Bank, rated 10th in Large Companies, reports that its Fremont Bank Foundation has funded many major projects with grants in excess of $100,000. Many staff volunteer to help local causes.“Unlike larger banks, we are able to

people of varying sexual orientations, WilmerHale has a firmwide Diversity Committee that includes representatives from firm leadership and lawyers from each of our three major US offices. Our goals are to ensure that all lawyers and staff have the opportunity to develop their talents fully; to create a firm whose composition more closely reflects that of our clients and the world in which we practice; and to promote greater diversity in the legal profession. Working Mother magazine and Flex Time Lawyers included the firm in the “Best Law Firms for Women”list in each of the five years the ranking has been published. The Best Law Firms for Women are recognized for having programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring for women, and for fostering environments that enable women to balance successful careers with motherhood. The company ranks 20th in Small Companies.

Diversity, continued from page 32 These programs include a monthly bag lunch with a culturally specific discussion led by someone with an interest or experience with a specific cultural group for shared information about issues and needs of specific groups. The organization has also established a Cultural Awareness Network (or the CAN committee). Starlight also has a self-assessment, created from the California Brief Multicultural Competence Scale (CBMCS) training, that assists staff in finding where their challenges are. They rank 26th in Midsize companies. “We encourage people of all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations and diverse backgrounds to join our team,”reported Lincoln Child Center, based in Oakland. Annually, Lincoln reviews the ethnic and cultural diversity composition of staff and volunteers to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community and population served. Lincoln has the following ethnically and culturally diverse client base: 22 percent Hispanic or Latino; 59 percent Black or African American; 2 percent Asian or Pacific Islander; 11 percent Caucasian; and 6 percent multiracial or other. An annual diversity award recognizes a staff

The Container Store provides product donations (such as shelving and storage), cash sponsorships, gift cards and storage and organization makeovers to support the myriad causes that their customers are passionate about. When opening a new store, the company with multiple Bay Area retail stores donates 10 percent of all sales from the grand opening weekend to a local nonprofit. The retail operation is ranks fourth in the Midsize Companies. ■

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member who role models how to proactively challenge issues of bias in daily practices. Lincoln Child Center ranked 19th in Midsize Companies. To foster the recruitment and retention of people of color, women and

At 24 Hour Fitness, diversity efforts are made at both the corporate level as well as to the public. The corporate“It Gets Better”video supports The Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project, providing hope and education to LGBT youth. There are also regular diversity awareness articles on the 24 Hour Fitness employee intranet site. The company ranks 12th in Large Companies. ■


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Health and work-life balance are key values at many Top Workplaces

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hen good workers give their all, they deserve benefits and support in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Society’s fast pace means some workers – perhaps juggling work with children or aging parents as well working long hours — are sometimes short-changing themselves by not developing healthy habits that will enable them to do more, reduce stress and feel great. Here in the Bay Area, companies of all sizes and industries are instilling healthy practices among their employees, encouraging them to focus on wholesome foods, exercise and take time to relax or seek support when life gets complicated and, sometimes, difficult, due to an array of demands. Additionally, many companies are flexible about when and where workers handle their tasks, have generous vacation and leave policies as well as sabbatical programs offered after a specific length of service. Here’s a look at some innovations and benefits local employers have designed to help employees and corporations share in good health. iD LIFE (Lifestyle, Improvement for Everyone) at iD Tech Camps was established last year to motivate employees to regularly exercise, eat better and pursue an all-around healthy lifestyle; iD LIFE challenges allow for employees to enter quarterly drawings for prizes. Challenges include participation in local “Fun Runs”like the City of Campbell Valentine’s Day Fun Run and Walk and Oktoberfest Fun Run and Walk, along with setting healthy resolutions and trying three new exercises per month. The monthly iD LIFE newsletter from the top-ranked company in Small Companies provides fitness tips and healthy recipes, offers challenges and contests, and highlights employee participation in bike races, marathons and more. The company has a corporate Campbell Community Center membership so employees can do workouts, basketball, swimming and more.

CMG Financial, San Ramon, ranked 12th in Midsize Companies, is introducing a company-sponsored membership to 24 Hour Fitness. They also plan onsite wellness Lunch and Learns, a health fair, and note that a portion of their intranet and newsletter are dedicated to a healthy lifestyle (wellness tips, healthy recipes, etc). The corporate safety and ergonomics team ensures the safety and ergonomic work environment for all employees. Several times annually they hold company lunches and/or yogurt bars to thank employees for their hard work and dedication and foster camaraderie. Spansion Inc. of San Jose, in September 2011 introduced the Sonic Boom Wellness Program for employees. The program encourages employees to wear a high tech pedometer to track their daily activity, including time, steps, distance and calories, all wirelessly transmitted to the employee’s personal Sonic Boom

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site. Leaderboards help employees track their activity (anonymously, if desired) compared to their peers. Spansion allows employees to earn up to five wellness credits – such as walking 7,500 steps/day – against the following year’s medical premium. Five credits can be worth as much as $1,100/year. Spansion, which ranks 28th among Midsize Companies, also holds a Wellness Fair with vendors; a DJ, barbecue and free samples, chair massage and benefit/ wellness information. Other benefits are onsite fitness equipment, seminars on weight loss, financial planning, elder care and stress management, a cafeteria, flexible work schedules, a group legal benefit, onsite dry cleaning, chair massage and car wash, and free programs including an Employee Assistance Program and a dependent care referral program. Ranked seventh in Midsize Companies, A10 Networks, San Jose, provides subsidized and free fresh snacks and drinks, subsidized flu shots, ergonomics analysis and training, First Aid/CPR training, free biometrics screenings and a

health fair. RichRelevance, San Francisco, eighth in Small Companies, is dedicated to encouraging and maintaining work-life balance for its employees. The company promotes regular exercise, both onsite with a monthly yoga class and individually through a monthly gym subsidy for all employees. Free and discounted table massages are available. A semi-annual WOW — Week of Wellness — brings health providers, local gym and fitness providers and health food purveyors on site to share information and special offers with employees. The company kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks, fruits, beverages and meals. Free catered lunches on Wednesdays are supplemented with free breakfast fruit, bagels and pastries on Fridays. Their flexible, unlimited vacation policy ensures that employees can take as much time as needed to come to work refreshed. Continued on page 38


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WORLDPAC, Inc., Newark, provides employees — they call them teammates — the opportunity to earn annual discounts on healthcare premiums through its Healthy Highway program, a way to motivate and reward teammates for making the commitment to taking smart and healthy steps. Additionally, teammates in this 25th Midsize Company have access to health club member discounts as well as Weight Watchers program discounts. The Cooper Companies

The Cooper Companies, Pleasanton, ranked 6th among Small Companies, notes,“at Cooper Companies, we are committed to being A Quality of Life Company. This includes our dedication not only to our customers, our consumers and our shareholders, but to our number one asset – our employees.” The company is in its fourth year of promoting its global wellness program, currently offered to over 5,000 employees worldwide. The goal is to engage employees and their families to live healthy lifestyles, decrease the risk of disease and enhance the quality of life. Locally, employees are offered individual and team wellness challenges, healthy food choices and, in some locations, gyms and personal trainers. Annual health and safety fairs and a range of health and wellness-related Lunch and Learn sessions are organized for employees. Xactly Corporation, ranked 9th among Small Companies and based in San Jose, supplies baskets of fresh fruit in its offices every week. It also sponsors an annual health fair in conjunction with its annual benefit enrollment. Besides snacks, representatives from a wide range of healthrelated programs and major health carriers are on-site, along with a community-based organic farm-to-market organization, massage therapists, foot reflexologists, Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioners, dental specialists, vision specialists and health testing. This year each employee who visited all the exhibitors was entered into a drawing for health-related prizes and gift certificates.

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The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group, based in Santa Cruz, was ranked 13th in Small Companies and has a formal wellness program which includes an on-site exercise suite, employer-paid yoga classes, company season tickets to Warriors games, company bike, annual health fair, wellness workshops and an annual employee summer 5K/10K walk/run.

Ranked 20th in Small Companies, with a Bay Area office in Palo Alto, WilmerHale provides a professionally managed emergency childcare along with help with at-home care, elderly care and summer programs for children. Personalized fitness reimbursement programs are offered, along with access to a LifeWorks Online, to help cope with life’s little and not so little issues and challenges. Employees can access informative articles, helpful tools, audio tips on hundreds of specific topics, and much more. Full-time employees who have worked at the firm for 10 years are eligible to take a paid sabbatical. San Francisco- based Appirio, 25th in Small Companies, introduced CloudFit this past year, a program to help educate and motivate Appirians to live a more active lifestyle. The program includes a virtual trainer, regional fitness events and the availability of Jawbone Up fitness bands so employees can track their fitness activity and sleep patterns.

Skylawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, ranked 36th of Small Companies and based in San Mateo, maintains that its Wellness Program improves the overall health of the organization, encourages employee engagement for their own health and wellness, reduces absenteeism and improves productivity. The Wellness program offers coaching, challenges and monthly activities that encourage employees with wellness credits that lower their monthly medical premiums and create a fun environment. Rimini Street Inc., Pleasanton, 45th in Small Companies, offers 100 percent of benefits paid for all employees and 50 percent for dependents. Also available are gym discounts, a sponsored softball team in the Pleasanton league. The company offers the opportunity to work from home — anywhere in the world, and was ranked 45th in Small Companies.

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Sensiba San Filippo LLP, with offices in San Jose and Pleasanton and ranked 17th among Small Companies, hosts a variety of wellness-related Lunch-and-Learn presentations for employees. The company has healthy eating initiatives such as“Fruit of the Month”and offers healthy snacks in all break rooms. They have online wellness programs that assess and encourage healthy employee habits. The company supports many employees’ efforts in philanthropic events such as the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure and the annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Managing Partner John Sensiba participates annually in the Pleasanton Rotary Club’s Spirit Run, providing top-down support for programs and fundraisers that encourage employees to practice healthy lifestyles and participate in similarly meaningful ways.

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Twenty-second in the Small Company category, Elance, based in Mountain View, stresses that healthy employees are productive employees, and encourages the staff to break free from their desks to explore the healthy options — everything from“meeting walks”and basketball or ping-pong to partnering with a local gym for discounted rates. Regular company events around fitness include organized hikes in the Bay Area hills as well as strenuous competitions across the state. The Elance kitchen is stocked with organic fresh fruit and nutritious snacks and drinks; the company regularly caters lunches emphasizing a healthy and balanced diet. The company offers regular“work from home”days to encourage employees to get away from the office, fostering an environment of flexibility that includes that critical“me-time”. Employees are encouraged to remain active with their children’s school and sports activities, as well as their favorite charities. The company also encourages employees to bring their children and pets into the office.

Kidder Mathews, 30th in Small Companies, pays 100 percent of the health care premiums for its full-time employees, including dental and vision benefits, as well as alternative health care options (e.g. acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, physical and pilates therapy plus free visits for Wellsprings services and naturopathy). Curtis Instruments, Livermore, ranked 34th in the Small Companies category, notes health and wellness is an integral part of the company’s culture.“This tends to be an organic, natural way of life for our employees,” they wrote. Their team is well educated, fit and health conscious, as well as conscious of public health. The two go hand in hand. As the company focuses on zero emission transportation, they are very conscious of public and personal health. The team is active in various sports and management encourages weekly one-hour soccer games during the lunch period, a very active and well-attended activity with vigorous competition. Strongly believing in a healthy work/life balance, Addepar, Mountain View, ranked 26th among Small Businesses, and noted,“We have big goals, but we also


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expect people to be at their best while we are working towards these goals.” The company doesn’t limit vacation or sick days, and trust“our employees to take the time they need to spend time with family or to recharge their batteries after a big release or deployment.” Fitness is a core value. Addepar supports a variety of team sports, a monthly gym stipend and onsite fitness classes. Other benefits are onsite laundry service, 14 catered meals a week, unlimited healthy snacks, multiple places to unwind (or sleep) and ad hoc concierge service when possible. “Staying Healthy”is a mantra at Coupons.com Incorporated, Mountain View and Milpitas, 21st among Midsize Companies. Corporately they provide a wide variety of activities and programs to promote health and healthy lifestyles to employees. They offer free daily lunches, snacks and drinks to employees. The corporate Get Fit program provides free daily exercise classes including yoga, boot camp, kickboxing, U-Jam, Zumba and other classes. Also, many employees join in basketball on a weekly basis. Treadmill desks were recently installed at both offices. The annual Perks and Wellness Fair features over 30 vendors and the company also provides free biometric screenings through its benefit carriers. Coupons for Change offers offer unlimited sick time; they also offer unlimited bereavement time. The company believes that these benefits keep employees happy and healthy and that these investments have a positive impact on their ability to attract and retain great talent.

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San Francisco-based ModCloth, 44th in Small Companies, provides tasty, health snacks, ranging from organic fruit to seaweed to toasted almonds and has partnered with a farm delivery service so employees can buy fresh-fromthe-farm edibles and have them delivered to their desk weekly. Free, on-site yoga classes are offered twice a week. Counting employees’health and wellbeing as a business priority, Nimble, ninth in Midsize Companies, San Jose, provides an in-office gym and encourages the Nimble Storage softball team – the Nimrods. Its Global Corporate

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Challenge encourages employees to track daily activity, aiming to take at least 10,000 steps per day. There is also a monthly in-office massage program. Sequoia, 11th in Small Companies and based in San Mateo, has a comprehensive wellness program with a monthly newsletter and health focus, wellness challenges and fun events, as well as incentives for employees. The program includes annual Biometric screening and flu shots, CPR and First Aid training for employees, local marathons/runs and triathlons, weekly lunch walks and onsite chair massages.

Second Harvest Food Bank based on the amount of aerobic and strength activity the company accrues as a whole, up to $5,000 a year. They also have 30-minute Walking Wednesdays and Trekking Thursdays for employees. Company sports tournaments include soccer, basketball and beach volleyball. Sungevity, 22nd in Midsize Companies with offices in Oakland, provides“SFUNsters”with full medical benefits and encourages a healthy lifestyle by offering weekly yoga classes and daily perks including free organic fruit and dairy products. SFUNsters have a very high participation rate in Kaiser Permanente’s annual Thrive Across America program and the company provides indoor bike room for employees. The company was honored by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition as one of the most of“Bike-Friendly Businesses”of 2012.

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Medivation, 10th in Midsize companies, encourages all employees to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Employees are given financial reimbursement for wellness activities, including $20/month wellness subsidy for fitness center membership, classes and weight loss management programs. Fresh fruit is delivered to their San Francisco office twice weekly along with healthy snacks. Chair massages are offered twice a month. Ergonomics consultations help prevent workplace injury for existing employees and all new hires are eligible for an evaluation. Annual health fairs have included free flu shots and blood pressure screenings. They have generous time-off and vacation policies as well as provide the flexibility to work from home and remotely. Established over a century ago, Santa Cruz Seaside Company, which ranks as 16th in Midsize Companies, has a company mission“to provide fun while having fun” and seeks team members who enjoy their work and help maintain a stress-free work environment.“When we are healthy and happy we are able to share that happiness with our guests,”noted the company. The year-round wellness program includes access to a resource-rich website, online seminars, quarterly challenges, a 24/7 online nurse service and other health and wellness tools. Employees can earn Well Credits toward a $100 or $200 gift card by participating in a variety of activities. The monthly Wellness Challenge includes a financial reward for healthy behavior and also provides donations to

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LCC also offers workshops on topics such as self-care and burnout prevention. Employees have 24/7 access to a local EAP, generous time off, periodic town hall meetings for all staff members, annual employee recognition celebrations, monthly employee-driven safety committee meetings and generous pension and 401k programs for employees. The center’s cooking staff prepares well-balanced meals for the children on their school campus and these are made available to staff at a low price. With 600 employees and named third among Large Companies, Stryker Endoscopy in San Jose has a total health and wellness program including healthcare, insurance benefits, flexible family and parenting leaves, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, onsite fitness center, discount purchase programs and subsidized childcare programs. There are flexible schedules and options for telecommuting and various social and recreational activities for both full-time and part-time employees. Other benefits include wellness assessments and preventive screenings, health coaching, an annual health and wellness fair plus multiple sports and health challenges throughout the year.

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One Workplace, Santa Clara, 18th in the Midsize company category, offers a variety of solutions to help employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. The entire office is designed to support various work styles, and not keep employees constrained to one desk all day. Free address workstations and WiFi throughout the space to allows people to move to where they want to work throughout the day. In addition, worksurfaces are height-adjustable, giving users the chance to either sit or stand as they work. The open, collaborative environment encourages employees to interact with one another, noted One Workplace, encouraging a healthy working style by building a stronger team. There is a fitness center in our space and organize outings are offered to various sporting events. Lincoln Child Center, an Oakland nonprofit which ranked 19th in Midsize Companies, acknowledges that the nature of Lincoln’s work is incredibly intense, can be emotionally charged and is sometimes in communities known for high rates of community violence. All staff members have weekly meetings with their supervisors to check-in about work and address any issues that may stem from work.

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Taos Mountain, Inc. of San Jose, ranks 20th in Midsize Companies and offers several programs and sponsors events aimed at promoting the health and wellness of employees utilizing a group of employees who are focused on bringing new ideas and feedback to our workplace wellness efforts. They have partnered with WalkingSpree to create a formal walking program which includes a free pedometer plus a system to track their progress via uploads to a website. The company also offers discounted day-use passes for premium health clubs with multiple locations. Taos hosts group rides for employee cyclists, complete with SAG support, refreshments and bike maintenance. Taos Continued on page 40

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WHAT MATTERS MOST

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By Doug Claffey

“So it’s all about the perks, right?”

and measuring its health. The Top Workplaces survey helps shine a light on them..

I get this question all the time. Espresso machines, ping-pong tables, massage chairs, beer. Surely, these perks make the difference between a Top Workplace and an average workplace.

An employee from one of these Top Workplaces commented:

We surveyed one out of every 88 employees in the United States last year to find out what truly is most important to them. Sorry, it’s not about the massage chairs. It’s not about great benefits. It’s not even about your pay, your manager or work/life balance. These all answer the question“What’s in it for Me?”While answering this question is important, it is not sufficient to create a truly Top Workplace. So if it is not all about“Me,”then what makes the difference? “We.” No matter what industry or profession we surveyed, employees in the Top Workplaces know that“We are all in this together”and can answer“Yes!”to these 3 questions:

Connection – Do we feel our work is meaningful? Direction – Are we excited about where our company is going? Execution – Are we well on our way? Together, these factors define an organization’s health. Creating a healthy organization and answering these questions consistently is quite difficult. A number of companies in the Bay Area are demonstrating that they’ve cracked the code by listening to their employees

“I am just so proud to be part of a company that won’t stop pushing for excellence – whether it’s the product or the people that work here – it’s inspiring to be part of an organization that wants the best for you, wants to push you to be your best, and wants to provide the resources for you to get there.” ~ Box employee wss In addition to the positive impact on employees’working lives, our research shows that there is also an impact on the bottom line. We tracked the stock performance ce of the healthiest public companies, where employees scored WorkplaceDynamics’s’ OrgHealth factors highly. Over four years we found that they outperformed the S&P 500 by 48 percent. You cannot know how healthy your organization is and how to make it even healthier lt lthier unless you measure its health. You cannot measure its health by the number of cappuccino stations or massage chairs – the best way to understand the health of an organization is to ask the employees what they think. We encourage everyonee to nominate their company as a Top Workplace in 2014 and find out how your healthh stacks up! Doug Claffey is WorkplaceDynamics’CEO.

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Interesting Facts, continued from page 19 servers running Citrix systems. The company“touches 75 percent of Internet users daily.” Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that“more than 5,000 of the world’s top brands rely on our digital marketing solutions, including 9 of the top 10 online retailers and commercial banks; and 8 of the top 10 media companies and auto manufacturers. We deliver more than 460 billion marketing campaign assets each year and measure over six trillion transactions a year on the web. We are a‘big data’company for marketers, managing 27 petabytes of data for our customers.” The first coupon was issued by Coca-Cola Company in 1888, noted Coupons.com Incorporated.“The company is one of our clients today. In 2012, 305 billion coupons (valued at approximately $466 billion) were distributed by the company. Steven Boal founded Coupons.com in 1998 after seeing his father-in-law descend the stairs early on a Sunday morning to get the newspaper and then camp out at his kitchen table where he sat to clip coupons. Intrigued, Steven knew there had to be a better way.” Sungevity, an energy industry services company, is proud to have“raised $1,126,000 for non-profit partners and, with them, offset 86,552 metric tons of carbon.” “Our diverse workforce combines five global offices to accomplish amazing results. Our‘dog’logo is always a topic of conversation and leads the charge in a fun work hard/ play hard atmosphere at the company, states Ruckus Wireless, whose Bay Area office is in Sunnyvale. In the Small Companies category, J&J Air Conditioning proudly noted:“Our AIR training program has been in existence since 1984 and has not only trained our field employees, it is open to the public and we have had many of our competitors send their mechanics to our training. Every other Friday, the entire company of Appirio meets virtually to review new hires, successful customer projects and company decisions and milestones.“But it’s the little things that often make the most difference. For example, during the economic downturn, Appirio was challenged to improve gross margins and profitability. Rather than

making top down decisions, Chris and the management team turned to the broader employee base for their help and ideas for how to turn things around.” Founded as a cloud services company in 1997, EVault, Inc. boasts 38,000+ mid-market and enterprise ROBO customers worldwide and 15,000+ online recoveries per month. Its parent company Seagate is the world’s largest storage provider and“excels in heavily regulated segments including financial, legal, health care, manufacturing, government, education, and non-profit.” Hologic is proud of our work on breast tomosynthesis, a technology that makes it possible to obtain threedimensional images of the breast and to view one slice at a time by removing the images of the overlying and underlying tissues that confuse an ordinary breast x-ray. The greater clarity of the resulting image is expected to lead to the achievement of important clinical benefits, such as increasing the breast cancer detection rate and decreasing the number of false positives that result in unnecessary and emotionally stressful call backs for additional examinations. It is available commercially in more than a dozen countries, including countries in Europe, the Middle East, South America, Asia and Australia, Canada and Mexico and the United States. “Employees at Composite Software, Inc. love to play board games. We hold formal Settlers of Catan tournaments as well as informal playing sessions on Fridays. These‘play hard’activities are the perfect complement to our‘work hard’culture.” Eric & Susan began ModCloth out of their CMU dorm room. They relate,“Now married, the duo was named to Inc.’s 30 under 30 lists in both 2012 and 2010. 42,073 in Pinterest followers in 2012? Yep! Our workforce is 70 percent women. Our Be the Buyer program allows customers to vote and comment on whether or not product samples should be put into production. Make the Cut is a series of design contests… We ask customers to design clothing around a theme and produce the winning designs, making sure to put the customer’s name on the label. On Style Gallery, users can upload their own outfit photos to share with others and look through and‘love’others’photos to get styling ideas.” ■

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