Engaging employees across North America on International Women’s Day

Today, fewer than 20% of top leaders across all sectors are women. At Softchoice, we want to change that. For International Women’s Day, our Leading Women Employee Resource Group hosted a virtual discussion panel with female executives for Softchoice employees across North America.

Softchoice Vice Presidents Elysia Estee and Lisa Yu were joined by Carolyn Rollins, General Manager Enterprise Marketing for Canada Post, to talk about their career paths and the challenges they faced along the way, and share recommendations to help others overcome barriers to success.

The conversation covered a wide range of topics key to gender equality in the workplace: pay equity, balancing career progression with children and family, and the importance of mentors and honest feedback to help guide your career journey. Most importantly, we were able to engage employees from 20+ cities in a discussion about how we can work together across borders and genders to create positive change throughout our organization.

When it comes to women in the technology sector, we know that we need to fill the talent funnel by improving how we prepare our female leaders of tomorrow through progressive STEM programs today. It’s incredibly important to put successful female technology leaders in front of young women to inspire and encourage them to pursue technology careers.

At Softchoice, we have a commitment to gender equality as part of our ONEsoftchoice Diversity and Inclusion initiative. In 2018, our focus will be on closing the gender gap by increasing the number of women in leadership roles, expanding our Leading Women mentorship program, producing local events focused on career development for our female employees, and hosting events with local schools to inspire young girls and help them excel in the STEM field. We also plan on continuing our outreach to engage emerging female technology professionals and support their transition to roles in the tech sector.

About Pete Morra

Pete Morra is the Community Investment Manager at Softchoice responsible for leading the POWER UP program. Interested in partnering with like-minded organizations to unleash the power of people and technology.