International Women’s Day (IWD) is just around the corner and we’re very excited to be honoring and celebrating this day.
We recognize that tech has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, and see this as a chance to have honest conversations with the inspiring women who work at Skedulo and have built a successful career in tech.
This year’s IWD global theme is #BreakTheBias, and we have several internal and external initiatives to drive awareness and discussion. This is an opportune time to talk about unconscious biases and ask, “How can we break gender bias?” Here are a few ways we will do this over the coming week, as we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.
Celebrating International Women’s Day through committing to Break the Bias
We are interviewing women from all walks of life, in countries around the world who work at Skedulo.
Our goal is to find out about their experience building a career in the tech world, their role models, challenges, inspiration, advice to other women who are entering a male-dominated industry, and what International Women’s Day means to them.
Learn everything you can about the industry. You got to know it better than the people around you. And trust that. Trust what makes you different is good.
Be respectful, supportive, and stand up for women in your home, society, and your workplace. And be mindful about unconscious biases that you may have that limit women to live to their fullest.
It’s the opportunity. It’s giving them the space and giving them the time to do it. I think in the workplace, a lot of things will fall onto men and there’s a lot of room to actually consider women who are in that position as well.
Bring your gifts and talents and be confident. So many times I hear women apologizing for themselves or second guessing themselves. Learn and grow all you can to better understand how to navigate that world and make an impact.
I met challenges head on, and that provided me with an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in any situation.
On March 8, we will hold a panel event to showcase the contributions and achievements of several women at Skedulo. Discussions will also focus on this year’s theme of #BreakTheBias, so we can understand the panelist’s perspective on how bias presents itself and what can be done to remove it.
Our CEO Matt Fairhurst, who is an active supporter of empowering women to enter and succeed in tech roles, will kick off the event.
Continuing the conversation
As well as our internal #BreakTheBias commitment, we will be sharing our experiences and thoughts on social media to elevate International Women’s Day and raise awareness for this year’s theme.
It’s a day that aligns closely with Skedulo Heart and our values, and connects with other initiatives we have engaged in over the years including UNIQ You and the Deloitte & Salesforce Talent Alliance Digital Compass program.
All of us have an opportunity to help close the gender equality gap. I hope you will join me during International Women’s Day in acknowledging the achievements of women and engaging in conversations which challenge gender bias and stereotypes.