Zebra's Season of Giving 2019 campaign: Giving Around the Globe
By Therese Van Ryne | December 06, 2019

How Zebra is Celebrating This “Season of Giving”

We are gifting our time, technology and resources to those who need it most around the world.

Earlier this week, Bernie’s Book Bank Founder and Chief Advancement Officer, Brian Floriani said something very powerful to the Zebra team during our Global Town Hall:

“There is a difference between being significant and being successful. How significant are you?”

At Zebra, we strive every day to be significant as both a company and individuals so Philanthropy and Volunteerism is a year-round charter for us. We believe in doing a world of good, one community at a time. And as you can see from past blog posts here on Your Edge, we are committed to improving the local communities in which we live and work in a significant way.

We are especially reminded of the importance of giving to others during the holiday season. And what we’ve learned is that wrapped presents – though a symbol of the season – aren’t always what people value most. For some, time is the greatest gift of all. Others also benefit from in-kind gifts such as technology that can help to educate children – this has been the case with FIRST Robotics and Bernie’s Book Bank.

Of course, for many, the best gifts are financial donations to charitable organizations focused on improving the welfare of those who have fallen on hard times. Our contributions help them sustain their mission and, in many cases, expand their reach.

Zebra has more than 20 teams of employees around the world who work together to help improve their local communities, whether through donations of cash or technology, volunteer time and storytelling opportunities throughout the year.

In addition, each year between November and January, we come together to drive our philanthropic activities to ensure those less fortunate have access to the resources they need to lead healthy, happy and significant lives. We call it the Season of Giving and, this year, our program is focuse​​d on "Giving Around the Globe."

So, when asked how Zebra is celebrating its customers, partners, employees and stakeholders this holiday season – and the 50 years of success for which we’ve been so blessed – we say:

“We’re celebrating by being significant!”

Please join us in doing a world of good, one community at a time by donating your time or resources to a charity that is near and dear to you. Or, you can team up with Zebra to support one of our strategic charitable partners: Bernie’s Book Bank, the American and International Red Cross and FIRST Robotics.

Happy holidays from everyone at Zebra and thank you for celebrating the Season of Giving with us!


Editor’s Note: You can learn more about Zebra’s philanthropic activities throughout the year here on Your Edge. Read past blogs now.

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Therese Van Ryne
Therese Van Ryne

Therese Van Ryne is Senior Director of External Communications for Zebra Technologies. She joined Zebra as part of the acquisition of Motorola Solutions Enterprise business in October 2014. She and her team are laser focused on growing the company’s brand awareness globally aligned with business objectives. Her accomplishments include leading Zebra events with Harvard University and TED as well as the creation of the annual Intelligent Enterprise Index, resulting in positive media coverage, customer engagement and revenue growth.

Prior to Motorola Solutions, Van Ryne worked at SC Johnson where she led corporate communication strategies and drove PR and branding efforts for leading consumer products. One of her top achievements was leading the Windex® placement in the film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” resulting in a 25% sales increase for the brand.

One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR and Crain's Chicago's 2021 Most Notable Executives in Marketing, Therese also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Van Ryne holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism from Marquette University and an Executive Leadership Master’s Certificate from Cornell University.

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