By Krischel Crawley
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day instituted by the United Nations to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also showcases commitment to women’s equality, launch initiatives and to raise awareness of gender parity gains. In recent years, the high-tech industry has made significant efforts to improve equity for women in addition to empowering and enabling leaders to thrive in their careers.
This year’s topic of #PressForProgress resonates with me personally as it embodies Commvault’s Women in Technology mission. I was thrilled to see that in February Commvault appointed YY Lee, the recently retired Chief Executive Officer of FirstRain, to our Board of Directors. Commvault has proudly added diversity to the board, and YY’s impressive leadership will inspire all the members of Commvault’s Women in Technology (CV WiT).
Three years ago, motivated by the growing talent within the company, CV WiT initiative was formed to create a global community to foster the advancement of women through networking, mentoring and education. Each region of Commvault now has an active and growing WiT group focused on empowering women through programming to help them develop as leaders and grow in their careers, as well as making a difference by supporting local causes.
As chair of the Americas CV WiT, I am extremely proud of my colleagues and our achievements as a group. Since its inception, CV WiT has partnered with the American Heart Association in support of its Go RED for Women campaign. It is my honor to share that through hard work, dedication and the generosity of our colleagues, Commvault Americas raised an impressive $35,000 for the American Heart Association for the second year in a row. Additionally, in support of this fantastic cause, CV WiT has hosted virtual webinars to raise awareness of early warning signs of this killer disease. It led its inaugural ‘‘Bring STEM to Life’’ event that educated high school girls on a career opportunity that STEM can provide. In recognition of our support, the American Heart Association selected Commvault to receive its “Impact Award”, which was my privilege to accept.
CV WiT also coordinated stand-alone events at the company’s sales meeting and customer event, Commvault GO, where we were joined by Cynthia Johnson – VP of Global Data Center Sales at Cisco – who delivered an inspiring keynote address regarding the importance of mentorship for women. In the past year, we have worked with more than 100 young women through STEM events and other networking opportunities globally.
This week, on International Women’s Day, Commvault Women in Technology chapters around the world will be holding events to gather and hear from inspiring speakers – to learn, network, discuss, and to share our own expertise on panels of our industry peers.
I am enormously proud of the talent and dedication of my female colleagues around the world who have stepped up to the challenge of changing the conversation about, and for, women in the workplace, particularly in the technology industry. In the words of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, “Though we do need more women to graduate with technical degrees, I always like to remind women that you don’t need to have science or technology degrees to build a career in tech.”
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