I look forward to joining the Women in Cloud community on Saturday, Jan 26th, where female entrepreneurs from many facets of the tech industry are coming together to invest in themselves, to recharge their energy, and be inspired by a community of like-minded women leaders, sponsors, and allies.
The data is clear, female technology entrepreneurs are outnumbered and underfunded and we need that to change.
What can enterprise leaders do to help? Here are five ideas:
- Investigate – Look for places within your supply chain where women-led suppliers are under-represented. Examine your application process for requirements that may not be inclusive.
- Analyze and Take Action – Measure the mix of women in your tech communities and create practices and norms that encourage women to feel welcomed, valued and involved.
- Seek Broad Support – Look for support from across your company’s communities. The women in your organization should not be the only ones to bear the burden of driving the fixes we need. Get everyone involved, and set-up women in the company to be strategic advisors and mentors.
- Share the Voice of Women – Ensure the female perspective is shared in your feedback systems and deliberately reach-out to women-led communities to include their point of view.
- Go Beyond – Sharing advice and mentoring women in your organization is important. But for greater impact, create true pathways for women business decision makers to take active steps toward engagement with your organization and business opportunities.
I can’t wait to speak with all of you who are attending the Women in Cloud Summit. I’m excited to hear your stories, learn from your journey, and get ideas about how we can make things better together. I’ll be joined by other industry leaders who share my passion and energy for helping female entrepreneurs step into the cloud opportunity.
If you haven’t yet registered for the event, here’s the link to reserve your spot. Tell your friends, colleagues, leaders, investors, communities. Let’s take the time to make this investment in ourselves together.
Credit: Gavriella Schuster