Pre-pandemic, and in celebration of International Women’s Day, Qualcomm employees gathered on campus for an engaging conversation about women in tech. Hosted by Qualcomm Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Vicki Mealer-Burke, Qualcomm President Cristano Amon took the stage with friend Roanne Sones, Corporate Vice President, Operating System & Intelligent Edge at Microsoft.
After a successful pilot launched this past year, the company reups and expands its commitment to a new program for hiring women who have temporarily left the workforce.
By Marissa Mancini
“I took a break relatively early in my career, and each time I navigated to an online application, it began with two choices: either ‘I am a recent graduate’ or ‘I am a seasoned professional.’”
That left Emilie Davidson feeling a little out of place. “With no local or recent professional contracts, I applied to dozens of positions each month and heard absolutely nothing back. It was easy to see how women in my situation fell through the cracks of the recruitment system,” Davidson explains.
Host and Common Impact CEO Danielle Holly is joined by Balaji Ganapathy, Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Chief Social Responsibility Officer at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the largest technology firms in the world.
VMware recently held its annual Women Transforming Technology (WT2) conference, which focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion in the technology sector. As much as I’d been looking forward to attending the event — my first time — as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, and the conference approached and became a digital event, I started wondering if I should skip it.
The future of engineering is strong at Cisco, and that was especially apparent to me during a recent visit to the Dubai Co-Innovation Centre where this eye-catching facility (like many of its global counterparts) offers an exciting incubation space to a number of emerging technologies.
Despite equal aptitudes, women remain vastly underrepresented in technology and defense leadership roles. At the 2019 Atlantic Festival, Booz Allen’s Karen Dahut—an executive vice president and the firm’s global defense lead—shared tips and highlights from her own career journey and her thoughts on how to bring more women into these important positions.
For the second consecutive year, Blackbaud has been recognized by AnitaB.org as a Top Company for Women Technologists. Blackbaud joins a list of high-profile organizations including Bank of America, IBM, and Accenture. Blackbaud was included as a “Leader” in the Technical Workforce of 1,000-10,000 category. AnitaB.org’s annual Top Companies for Women Technologists program is the only industry benchmark based on statistical analysis of employer data that measures technical employees using a standardized definition of the technical workforce.
This article series is sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and produced by the TriplePundit editorial team.
The tech industry has a diversity problem. Women, specifically women of color, are greatly underrepresented. But some Silicon Valley leaders are working hard to make a change. Adobe, for example, has demonstrated its belief in the power of investing in women for years. Symantec likewise has a track record of supporting women and girls of color over time.
Melissa Charlery shares her journey from her beginnings at Gildan three years ago as an intern, to securing a full-time position in the company’s IT department. Here is the story of this young’s woman’s personal and professional growth after university: