At VMware, our EPIC2 values – Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers and Community – represent what we stand for as individuals and as a community. They dare us to reach our goals and drive us to create transformative innovations that are shaping the way businesses work. The annual VMware Bulgaria EPIC2 Achievement Awards is one way we recognize members of our workforce who bring each of our values to life in ways that inspire our global community to flourish. Learn how 2019 VMware Bulgaria EPIC2 Achievement Award Winner, Deni Shiligarska, is making a global impact through her work.
VMware value that means most to you: I think all of them work effectively in unity. If my colleagues have to describe me, I would think they would firstly describe me through my integrity and passion when trying to change the world one step at a time (community).
Hobbies: I have never had hobbies – I am not crafty, I cannot cook, I am bad at gardening; but I am really good at repurposing stuff 😊.
Inspiration: I get inspired by positive and creative human interaction; I love to see how an idea turns into a perfect plan when the right people get involved. And I get truly inspired to see this both in my professional life as well as in my life outside of VMware.
Guilty pleasure: Зрънчо with hazelnut flavor 😊 and I do not even feel guilty about it.
Career ambition: One day I want to be a city mayor or a Minister of Sustainability.
VMware Goal: My dream goal is that we manage to promote our Corporate Citizenship Values outside of VMware so eloquently that they get adopted by the other big employers in Sofia.
#1 Passion: I am passionate about city planning and architecture. I’d like to think of myself as an active citizen (from signaling when a street light is broken, to actively participating in community councils and working for an NGO I feel close to my heart). I believe in the “broken window” theory and work daily on “fixing” the small broken pieces in my community. I am an urban aficionado – what gives me hope is when I see a group of people brought together by their passion to work towards a positive change in our society.
Biggest Takeaway from receiving the 2019 EPIC2 Achievement Award: I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated. Ecstatic. Grateful. The nomination itself was very descriptive and touched on all aspects of my VMware presence and overall image. However, I never (not for a minute) expected to receive the award, especially from our CEO Pat Gelsinger😊. I just thought that my impact is very local within the organizations I work closely with. However, this award and the people from all sorts of Business Units who came to congratulate me afterwards showed me that in small ways throughout my years at VMware I have managed to reach out and make an impression on far more people that I had originally expected. I am really grateful that VMware and my colleagues never cease to inspire and support me.