DMSI Cares: Book Drive for Children First

Early literacy is vital because it not only supports children’s cognitive development but also their social-emotional development. Young children who have strong early literacy skills are better able to communicate their thoughts and feelings with others.

On the other hand, improving adult literacy is also important because it improves a person’s social, emotional, and mental health. It also provides an opportunity for a person to thrive in today’s modern world.

At DMSI International, we are happy that, thru the book drive that we organized in our workplace, we were able to contribute to the development of children’s emergent literacy for the kids at Children First Head Start and at the same time, provide free books at our workplace so that we can read at work during a break or at home.

Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the help and contribution of the entire staff of DMSI International.

DMSI Cares: Donation Drive at Work

At DMSI International, we believe that donating used items is a great way to help others and the environment.

All year round, we set up a station in our workplace where employees can donate used items such as clothes, shoes, and accessories. These items are then sent to the Philippines care of DMSI Philippines.

Our goal is always to help people in need, especially the people in the far-flung areas that deserve our attention; we believe that donating used items is one of the great ways to do it.

By encouraging our employees to donate perfectly serviceable condition items, we’re contributing to a more sustainable economy by reducing landfill waste and creating less demand for new clothing, for example, thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released.

Their success is everyone’s success!

DMSI Cares: Book Reading at Work

September is National Literacy Month!

Literacy means more than just the ability to read. It also means the ability to process and solve problems, making it a crucial skill set for anyone in today’s modern world.

DMSI International believes in ensuring that all employees have access to books they can read at work or home, and so we set up a space in our pantry room for the books donated by the entire DMSI team. Employees are encouraged to grab a book to take home and read.

We also believe that reading helps us grow as people and improve our social, emotional, and mental health. By fostering this culture of reading at DMSI International, we hope to empower our team members with tools for success in all aspects of their lives.

And that’s why the importance of improving adult literacy needs our attention — because it provides people the opportunity to thrive.

Their success is everyone’s success!

The Young Professional Group Summit: Align with Purpose

Some of our DMSI young professionals attended The Young Professional Group Summit: Align with Purpose at The Carlisle Inn recently. The summit was informative and inspirational, and it gave the attendees an opportunity to learn about their goals in life as well as how they can shift their focus on them despite the obstacles that may come along the way. The speakers at the summit were also interesting, and they reminded them of their responsibilities to help each other grow.

The summit provided the attendees with lots of insights that will help them better understand why some people succeed while others fail at achieving their goals. Moreover, it also taught them how to stay motivated by overcoming fears along the way in order to develop and grow.

Shumaker Chamber University: Listening’s Role in Effective Leadership

By Evan Samson, Integrated Marketing Communications Officer

Yesterday, I and some of my DMSI International colleagues (Iylin FlockMenchie CalesaAda Joy Agovida, and Patrick Alexander) attended The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s seminar “Shumaker Chamber University: Listening’s Role in Effective Leadership” which presented by Dawn Y. Graber.

After attending the seminar, I was able to identify what it means to listen effectively; it was a great and insightful experience. Dawn was very knowledgeable and engaging.

The context of the conversation, the concept that is being discussed, and the speaker’s body language are all important aspects of listening. You must be able to listen effectively to understand what’s being said and how best to respond.

During our small group sessions, we used case studies illustrating the importance effective listening can make in building a healthy culture of engaged employees resulting in greater success. This showed us how important it is for leaders to listen well to build healthy cultures where employees feel safe enough to speak up about their ideas or any problems they’re experiencing.

I learned that it’s important for me to broaden my listening skills so that I can adapt better and improve my relationships with others.

DMSI Cares: All-Faiths Foodbank

By Patrick Alexander, Director of HR

At DMSI we look for ways to give back to our communities, either in Sarasota or the Philippines. Yesterday, I was able to volunteer at the All-Faiths Foodbank in Sarasota to help pack boxes of food to be delivered throughout Sarasota County. I love helping, and I am so grateful that I work for a company that does the same.