DATCHET, January 10, 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) has been shortlisted at this year’s Women in IT Awards in two categories: Employer of the Year, and eSkills Campaign of the Year, the latter for its Create Tomorrow programme.
The Women in IT Awards is the world’s largest event dedicated to tackling the technology industry’s disheartening gender imbalance. It does this by showcasing the achievements and innovation of women in technology, identifying new role models and promoting further dialogue around diversity among industry influencers.
Sarah Atkinson, VP EMEA Communications, leads CA Technologies’ EMEA corporate social responsibility programme, Create Tomorrow, and is also the executive sponsor for the Company’s gender diversity program in EMEA, said: “At CA, we believe that diversity of perspective, experience, and thought drives creativity, innovation and results. We are dedicated to increasing the number of women in the technology industry by encouraging more girls into the field, and by better supporting the women who are already here.”
CA’s Global Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Program, called Thrive, aims to create and nurture an environment where employees can unleash their full potential. By embracing a culture that is all-inclusive - across gender, ethnicity, generation, physical capabilities, or sexual preferences – Thrive helps CA to attract the best people, motivate and retain its talented employees, and engage a high-performing workforce that achieves winning results.
A gender-focused workgroup of employees, set up as part of Thrive and led by Sarah Atkinson, develops initiatives to help the business attract, recruit, develop and retain top female talent. Both senior management and the workgroup are committed to helping create a balanced workforce within the business and the wider tech industry.
In addition, volunteers from the 2,000-strong EMEA workforce are encouraged to dedicate their time to supporting Create Tomorrow, a Europe-wide STEM programme that encourages secondary school children to consider STEM studies and careers. In the UK in FY17, this included a flagship event aimed at girls – Girls Can Create Tomorrow. CA Technologies partnered with Centrica and Tesco to deliver the event at its UKI headquarters at Ditton Park, where 60 female Year 12 students from local schools took part in a full day of workshops designed to educate and inspire them to consider STEM focused careers.
“CA Technologies is very proud to have been nominated for the eSkills Campaign of the Year Award for Create Tomorrow,” adds Sarah Atkinson. “Over the last two years, through Create Tomorrow, CA Technologies has reached more than 6,000 under-18 secondary school pupils and university students – of these more than 2,000 were females. We look forward to extending this reach.”
Organised by business-technology magazine Information Age, the Women in IT Awards has gathered resounding support from trade associations, politicians and companies of all sizes and sectors since launching in 2015. The full list of 2017 finalists can be viewed here.