I’ve previously been conflicted about whether I agree with International Women’s Day. I absolutely agree with what it stands for, but in my eyes, we have a responsibility to empower inclusion and equality everyday. Therefore for me, International Women’s Day is about celebrating how far we have come in improving gender equality.
Surrounded by strong women, I am fortunate enough to work for an organisation where women’s voices are not just heard; we are valued and influential. In an industry that is traditionally dominated by men (I found a dismal statistic that suggested women make up only 16% of the workforce in IT/tech companies in the UK) it makes me super proud that 42% of my colleagues are women.
Moreover, these women are not just working in the business; they are women that are leading the business… Whilst a man founded Cetus, women form an integral part of the leadership team and contribute greatly to the success of the company, with 60% of the directors who participate in board meetings being women. And that’s representative across the business – our senior management team headcount is 50% women.
From my perspective, working in an environment where your career success is defined by your contribution to our mission to help our customers; and not by your gender is an empowering place to be. And whilst, I share some positive reflections on my own personal experience at Cetus, I appreciate there is still work to be done to ensure gender parity in the wider workplace. It’s something that we all need to be mindful of 365 days a year… not just on International Women’s Day!
Claire Gibson: Head of Marketing & Strategic Vendor Alliances
Claire is responsible for connecting IT leaders with valuable insight and perspective from the industry to help them make informed decisions in relation to their IT strategy.