Commvault Executives Reflect on International Women’s Day

By Penny Gralewski

Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, and fundraise for women’s charities. Commvault is celebrating in several ways with customers, partners and employees around the globe.

In India, a fireside chat with the Athena Health Executive Director of Engineering raises awareness on diversity and inclusion. In the U.S., a conversation with solutions partner Meridian IT celebrates women’s achievements. In Europe, a lunch and learn shares the role of male allies. Globally, a Coupa Empower panel discussion highlights women in business taking a seat at the table (register here).

Additionally, we’re sharing women’s stories. Internal blogs from Commvault employee resource groupsshare the achievements of women across ERGs like Women in Technology, VALOR, Multi-Culture, and LGBTQ+ & Allies. 

With donations to the Malala Fund, Commvault employees are providing support and encouragement towards women who do not have access to education. Across the globe, employees are participating in the #ChoosetoChallenge celebration.

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Commvault

What does International Women’s Day mean to Commvault? Hear from Commvault leadership about what this year’s Choose to Challenge theme means to the organization.

Sharing Executive Thoughts on International Women’s Day

Four Commvault executives shared their reflections on International Women’s Day, this year’s theme of #ChoosetoChallenge, and the opportunities for women.

Brian Carolan

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Executive sponsor, Commvault Women in Technology Employee Resource Group

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 

I think IWD is a great time to celebrate and raise awareness, but I also think it’s important to keep the awareness up throughout the year.

What resource(s) do you recommend to help everyone accelerate gender parity? 

Seeking out a mentor (or two) would be invaluable.

What role does resiliency play in challenging the status quo?

The world is far from perfect and there will be ups and downs along the way.  Focus on the big picture and longer term results.

Isabelle Guis

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

A day to express gratitude for all the progress made, all the allies who supported me, and the chance I had to be born in a country and live in another one that made significant progress around gender equality over the last generation. All the opportunities I had that were not offered to my mother, for instance.

It also makes me reflect on all the women less lucky and on all the gaps we still have to close to reach equality. This is a day I renew my commitment to help and contribute to closing this gap.

How can women and allies effectively #ChoosetoChallenge?

Things as simple as offering equal opportunities to speak one’s opinion in meetings, identifying prejudices and having constructive discussions about them, hiring and educating the next workforce generation, offering equal opportunities to grow and take on new initiatives, etc. This should be in everything we do.

What resource(s) do you recommend to help everyone accelerate gender parity?

Discussions generated around IWD should be ongoing, looking for mentors to support you on a regular basis and/or be a mentor yourself. Reflecting on how you see things, as we sometimes have a hard time knowing our own biases that may involuntarily encourage inequality. For example, not speaking up in meetings or not undertaking an activity because it is perceived as male only.

Outside of the work environment, travel is another resource to educate oneself. I use socially responsible travel – well, in a pre-COVID world – to educate myself on other cultures. This includes observing the progress (or lack of) in gender parity and supporting local efforts, shopping in places like    

Sandra Hamilton

Vice President

Customer Success

What does International Women’s Day mean to you? 

It represents a focused opportunity to recognize the achievements of women around the world.

How can women and allies effectively #ChoosetoChallenge? 

Don’t let the status quo of the past determine the future.  Speak up when something needs to change.

What role does resiliency play in challenging the status quo? 

Let’s face it, we all slip, stumble, and even fall from time to time. And, the more times you speak up, the more times it will happen. Don’t let this set you back because the more chances you take, the more opportunities you’ll have to be heard! 

Ramesh Kalanje

Vice President

Center of Excellence

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To me, International Women’s Day is an annual reminder of how far we have come towards achieving gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community, but also of how far we have yet to go.

How can women and allies effectively #ChoosetoChallenge?

As we step into the “next normal,” it is an opportune time to #ChooseToChallenge the old and usher in the new. While leaders have spoken time and again about how true strength lies in building diverse and inclusive organizations, there is an urgent need to action on it.

Let’s start by reimagining the way we are conditioned as societies and economies. Accept that it is imperative to have women at the epicenter of the massive innovation the world is currently experiencing. Then we can create an unbiased future where everyone belongs.

What role does resiliency play in challenging the status quo?

Building resilience takes real effort to mindfully stop and challenge your thoughts and beliefs. Ask some pointed questions about what you think you know compared with what’s really going on.

Do you have a personal example of #ChoosetoChallenge?

I have two powerful women in my life, my wife and my mother. They have been working to accelerate gender parity by providing education to economically weaker young girls, instead of having them do unpaid labor.

Celebrating International Women’s Day – and Women’s History Month

Throughout March, Commvault joins our customers, solution providers and alliance partners to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. 

Learn more about Commvault Women in Technology and all Commvault employee resource groups.

How will you #ChoosetoChallenge and honor International Women’s Day?