Driving change

By Madhavi Rubbo
GE Home & Business Solutions, Powering, United States

As GE lighting customers demand more energy-efficient products, the business has the unique challenge of ensuring their sales force has the right skills to meet customer demands. As the HR Manager for Sales, I am at the forefront of this change.

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  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO WIN. Contest Dates: The “My GE Story Contest” (“Contest”) sponsored by General Electric Company (“Sponsor”) begins September 9, 2015 and ends December 1, 2015 (“Contest Period”). Limit one entry per person. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Participants are responsible for checking applicable law and regulations in their jurisidictions before entering the Contest to make sure participation is legal. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

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  3. How to Enter: Enter by submitting Video or Written Submission to www.mygestory.com (“Contest Website”) All stories already posted at the time the Contest begins will be eligible for all prizes and do not need to be resubmitted. Submissions should tell a GE Story about how you are helping deliver better outcomes for our customers, shareholders and the world, and/or creating a better, faster, simpler GE All Submissions must comply with the technical requirements set forth in Section 4 in order to be eligible. Limit of one (1) submission per person. If more than one (1) Submission is submitted only the first Submission received (based on date and time submitted to the Contest Website) will be eligible. Entry is not complete until you have properly followed all the online prompts and instructions to upload your submission.

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    (i) has not previously been published or won an award or prize of any kind;
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  6. WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES: THE TOP TEN ELIGIBLE SUBMISSIONS THAT RECEIVE THE MOST “EYEBALLS” ON THE CONTEST WEBSITE WILL BE REVIEWED BY GE LEADERSHIP. FROM THESE SUBMISSIONS, THREE STORIES WILL BE SELECTED BY GE LEADERSHIP TO RECEIVE A $1000 GIFT CARD. IN ADDITION, THREE INDIVIDUALS WILL BE SELECTED FROM A RANDOM DRAWING FROM ALL ELIGIBLE SUBMISSIONS TO RECEIVE A $500 GIFT CARD.

  7. Notification of Winners: All potential winners will be notified by email and will be required to provide their name, address, e-mail address, company name and title or position within from the date of the notification, or entrant will be disqualified and an alternate potential winner selected. By entering, potential winners agree that Sponsor shall not be liable for any injuries, losses or damages resulting from participation in this Contest or the acceptance or use of any prize.

    Return of any prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification. In the event of disqualification of any potential winner, prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected from among all Eligible Submissions. Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for notifications that are misdirected, addresses that are no longer correct, or for any other reason beyond the control of the Sponsor.

  8. Additional Contest Terms:. YOU ACCEPT THE CONDITIONS STATED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE DECISIONS OF THE JUDGES AND PUBLIC VOTING, WARRANT THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST, AND AGREE TO RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LOSSES, LIABILITY, AND DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES AND EXPENSES) ASSERTED AGAINST ANY OF THEM, INCURRED, SUSTAINED, OR ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST AND THE USE, ACCEPTANCE, MISUSE, OR DONATION OF ANY PRIZE.

    This Contest is governed by laws of the State of New York. Any and all legal actions or claims arising in connection with this Contest must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of New York.

  9. Privacy: By participating in this Contest, you agree Sponsor can collect your personal information, and that if Sponsor cannot collect the required information, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. Any personal information collected during the course of the Contest by the Sponsor will only be used for administering the Contest and for other purposes as outlined in these Official Rules.

  10. Winners List: The name of the Grand Prize Winner will be posted on the Contest Website on or about December 15, 2015.

  11. Severability: If any provision(s) of these Official Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, the remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.