Content Team | Workday on Inclusivity: Pioneering the Path for Women in Technology

Workday on Inclusivity: Pioneering the Path for Women in Technology

Are we truly prepared to foster the next generation of female innovators in tech? In this special episode of Tech Talks Daily, I am thrilled to welcome back Clare Hickie, CTO EMEA at Workday, alongside Caroline O’Reilly, Workday’s General Manager of Analytics. Together, they bring a wealth of experience and passion for shaping a more inclusive and diverse tech industry.

As we approach International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th with the theme ‘Inspiring Inclusion,’ Clare and Caroline share their insights on the future of females in tech. We delve into the importance of an employee-first mindset, the often-overlooked topic of menopause at work, and the value of industry experience offerings to attract more women into tech roles.

Clare and Caroline emphasize why an employee-first mindset is integral for creating solutions based on feedback, ensuring an inclusive workplace for all. They highlight how Workday’s initiatives are setting a precedent for supporting women in tech, including programs to aid women experiencing menopause, thus improving retention and attraction of midlife workers.

We explore the barriers that prevent women from progressing in the tech industry, such as stereotypical branding of tech roles and imposter syndrome. Clare and Caroline share how Workday’s “Return to Work” program and skill-based hiring practices are making strides to address these issues. They also discuss how early STEM education outreach, mentoring circles, and employee belonging councils like Women at Workday are crucial for attracting women to tech roles.

 Clare and Caroline share strategies for continuous learning and keeping pace with rapid tech advancements, providing invaluable advice for anyone looking to thrive in this dynamic field. They discuss how Workday’s “vibe” philosophy fosters unique perspectives and equal opportunities, creating an inclusive tech industry. Supporting menopause at work, Clare and Caroline stress the significance of open discussions and specialized support programs, which play a crucial role in improving retention and attraction of midlife workers.

In our conversation, Clare and Caroline also delve into the importance of early STEM education outreach, mentoring circles, and the impact of initiatives like Women at Workday. They highlight the significance of treating diversity as a business goal with data-driven accountability and overcoming imposter syndrome to support career re-entry through Workday’s “Return to Work” program.

What are your thoughts on how we can inspire more women to pursue careers in tech? Share your insights and let’s continue this important dialogue.

 

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