Lucy Tancredi, a member of FWSIM’s Executive Committee and VP of our STEM Outreach Programs, has been named the 2019 winner of the Mike DiChristina Values Award. FactSet, a global provider of data and software solutions for the investment community headquartered in Norwalk CT, presents this award each year to an employee who goes above and beyond in living the FactSet values and inspiring others.
The award was first presented in 2018 and is named in honor of former FactSet President Mike DiChristina, an extraordinary and beloved company leader whose life was a consistent display and celebration of FactSet’s values. For Tancredi, being honored with the award named for an important mentor and friend is especially significant.
“This award is incredibly meaningful for me personally. Mike was the reason I joined FactSet 24 years ago,” Tancredi says. “He was a leader who nurtured relationships, cared deeply about the company and its employees, and always recognized the contributions of others, so a peer-nominated, values-oriented, philanthropic award is the perfect way to honor Mike’s legacy.”
As the 2019 Mike DiChristina Values Award honoree, Tancredi received a charitable contribution of $10,000 to an organization of her choice, as well as inclusion on the panel for selecting future recipients of the award. Tancredi has chosen to donate the award to Random Hacks of Kindness Jr, a small Connecticut-based non-profit that combines introducing kids to coding with a unique values-orientation: showing students how technology can be used for social good. Middle school students are partnered with community non-profits and computer science mentors in a one day hackathon to brainstorm and code a mobile app to benefit their assigned non-profit. Tancredi described partnering with teams across FactSet to bring RHoK Jr’s “Kids Coding for a Cause” Hackathon to FactSet as a recurring corporate-sponsored CSR event – having just hosted its third annual Kids Hackathon - and how leaders such as Mike DiChristina created a culture where company values are an integral part of life for everyone at FactSet.