Every year, we celebrate women internationally and use it as a time to review the progress of gender equity in the workplace in the last year. Just in the past year, we have seen a number of companies appoint their first female CEO. Of all Fortune 500 companies, 7% of CEOs were female, up from 4% the previous year. These record-breaking wins are important, but we know there is still work to be done.
The tech industry is noticeably changing with great emphasis on making the industry accessible to everyone with organizations like Girls Who Code, who are backed by the likes of IBM and Microsoft. Representation is also important so future generations of women can see themselves working in such a rewarding industry. That’s why it’s important for us to celebrate the women whose talents and work-ethic make Evron such a fantastic place.
Evron has always valued diversity and recognizes the positive impact it has on company culture and client work. In fact, diversity is entrenched in our values, making up one of our three core values. At any time of the day, you can find an Evronite talking through their perspective on a subject with a peer. Here’s an example: we spoke with some of the incredibly talented women on our team to hear what they had to say about being a woman in tech.
What does inclusion mean to you?
It means being an equal partner in the decision-making process where my thoughts and ideas are sought out and acted upon.
Any advice you have for women entering the workforce today?
My advice is to always have integrity and honesty and never give up on your values in order to get ahead, no matter what industry you join.
How have you seen Evron champion diversity?
I see it in the appointment of myself of Vice-President! My input is valued at Evron and my relationship with customers is recognized.
Why is it important to have more women in boardrooms?
Women bring different perspectives to the boardroom because we have different experiences. This provides an important balance of views in the boardroom where decisions on business strategy are made.
What changes have you seen in gender equity overtime?
20 years ago, [women] in technical fields were learning to be more like men to get into the workforce. Today, we are learning we have our own voices and can do much more.
What advice do you have for women you want to get into tech?
You need to look into yourself and find what you want to express. Find the strength to emerge and ask for opportunities and try things. Seek help from another woman who is doing what you want to do, or someone who was in a similar position as you.
Who is your biggest female influence?
My daughter! I was a programmer but also wanted to explore my other strengths. She inspired me to seek opportunities that would let me do this, and now I’m a Consultant and Project Manager at Evron. I would also say Paulette Kestelman, here at Evron. She has this unique quality of being able to see things from a high level– the big picture. It’s an aspirational quality and I learned from her.
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