On average, just one-quarter of technical positions at technology companies are held by women. Similarly, women fill just 20% of CIO positions. And this is despite the fact that the majority of the professional workforce in the US is female (57%). We in the industry all know it and see it every day: the tech industry has a major gender gap.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it. To begin to systematically address this imbalance at Infoblox, we are excited to announce that we’ve launched a new initiative called the Women’s Internal Network (WIN).
The purpose of Infoblox WIN is to increase woman representation at Infoblox. With strong executive team backing, we are building an internal support system to attract, retain and promote women in the workplace. This is important not only from a workplace-equity standpoint, but is also good business. Numerous studies show that companies with gender balance are more innovative, have higher retention rates and productivity, resulting in stronger financial performance.
Here’s how we’ll do it: the Infoblox WIN initiative will focus on supporting female employees, as well as specifically developing talent in areas where we are under-represented in technical, sales and senior leadership roles. Efforts will include quarterly speaker events, a formal mentoring program, a senior-level leadership development program, an annual women’s summit and other events. This approach is in keeping with our overall corporate strategy of building our own talent through employee development, mentoring and promoting from within so that all employees can thrive.
How can all Infobloxers become involved with Infoblox WIN? First, spread the word among Infoblox colleagues. Then, recruit! Refer female colleagues to apply for job opportunities they’re interested in. Invite them to WIN events. Female Infobloxers, you can volunteer to be on committees and/or be a mentor in the mentoring program.
Together we can create a workforce that is more diverse and inclusive, making the workplace more equitable for everyone – and boost business at the same time. For more information about the Infoblox WIN initiative, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.