As a woman technologist, it doesn’t get much better than the opening keynote at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in computing – except when your company gets honored with a Top Company award!
AnitaB.org, the foundation that brings us Hopper Con, conducts critical research each year on how we’re doing to increase the balance of women in tech. This year 63 companies shared their data, and unfortunately overall we’ve only increased by 1%. But the winning companies lead the way in a culture shift to attract and retain women with an inclusive environment, family-friendly practices, and a focus on pay equity.
Megan Smith, the US Chief Technology Officer, presented the award to Marie Wieck, General Manager of Blockchain at IBM. Megan thanked IBM for her own internship, and called out the recent loss of Edith Windsor, a champion for marriage equality who also had a long career as a senior technologist at IBM.
The Momentum award is given to the company with the “greatest year-over-year improvement in the representation of women technologists at senior and executive levels.”
According to Marie Wieck, general manager, Blockchain, IBM, “IBM’s focus on diversity and inclusion – core to our values and culture for more than a century – has provided a vital source of innovation. We’re continuing to build upon that legacy by investing in our community of women technologists through skills and leadership programs that include five million hours of professional development annually. I believe one of the industry’s greatest opportunities is for both women and men to proudly and actively champion women in STEM fields.”
I’m proud to work for a company commited to diversity, and making sure our product design reflects the people who use them. More to come from Orlando, stay tuned!
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