Take a look at the powerful women proving each for equal
March 10, 2020
As we celebrate another International Women’s Day (IWD)—this year themed #EachforEqual—it’s a good time to reflect on the impact women are having in our own organization and beyond. I am lucky enough to have a career that spans more than 25 years at Accenture. Now, as the Chief Information Officer for our Global IT business, I am proud to be living proof of the clear and supportive approach to gender equality shown by our company every day.
This year marks the 16th anniversary of Accenture’s participation in an event that boasts a 111-year old history. Here’s a flavor of what Accenture Global IT is doing to celebrate International Women’s Day—and our broader inclusion and diversity agenda:
Across our whole organization, we’re going to be engaging in open, honest and meaningful conversations to further advance our commitment to equality for all. Accenture will play host to more than 130 events for our people, clients and partners in nearly 50 countries around the world. We’re also partnering with third-party organizations to provide one-of-a-kind content and will be releasing videos from leading women, including thoughts from our CEO Julie Sweet and Chief Leadership and HR Officer Ellyn Shook.
No IWD involvement would be complete without launching the latest in the series of our ground-breaking “Getting to Equal” research. Building on the success of “When She Rises, We All Rise” in 2018 and “Equality = Innovation” in 2019, we’re launching the 2020 update: “The Hidden Value of Culture Makers.” This new report explores why progress is slow around workplace equality with a particular emphasis on the gap that exists between leader’s perceptions and employees’ realities. To build the research, we surveyed more than 30,000 professionals and 1,700 senior executives in 28 countries. Here’s just a couple of the highlights:
Accenture has set bold goals to achieve a gender-balanced workforce by 2025 and many of our women are already making their presence felt in the marketplace—winning prestigious awards such as FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women and World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. We’re also recognized as a leading organization for women, such as being listed for the last 10 consecutive years on the National Association of Female Executives Best Companies for Executive Women in the United States.
Despite the title, IWD is a celebration of equality for all that is open to all. I invite everyone around the world to join the conversation and keep up to date with what’s happening. Take a look at our news release, visit the web page, get familiar with the research and check out our videos to register your support of #EachforEqual.