Does your company have a group for women? It may be something you should consider starting in 2018. Women in business and especially those in the tech fields benefit from participating in groups.
A company group for women offers:
When women convene they have a tendency to encourage and support each other and the smaller the population of women within the company, the more importance a women’s group can be.
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — Madeleine Albright
In the Huffington Post article 8 Ways to Make your Company’s Womens Network Successful, we learn a few key points:
Barbara Wankoff, Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion, KPMG LLP says “Our firm’s leaders demonstrate their support for our women’s network – by participating themselves and by encouraging others to get involved. Also, we ensure our network leaders’ managers recognize the work they do to make the network a success.”
General Motors has a group called GM Women’s Retail Network. Their message is focused:
Dealerships that welcome and invest in women have the opportunity to create a strategic advantage. Together, women are creating a positive change in our industry that’s being felt around the world.
Goldman Sachs has a 10,000 women’s initiative focused on the advancement of women in business. Their initiative is inspiring:
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital.
Back to You
While you can’t expect to start a tech women group that rivals that of GM or Goldman Sachs, you can create a group within your business that helps mentor and encourage others. Francesca Di Meglio offers some basic instruction in her article about starting a women’s group and the place to start is with your boss and human resources. If you can get a few leaders in your company on board with the idea and set about to create a group that aligns with the culture and mission of the company, you’re on your way!
You can be the voice in your company that supports equality and diversity in the workplace!