Held this year on March 8th, IWD is an annual, global
celebration of the achievements of women, with a call to action to accelerate gender
equality. In fact, 2022’s International Women’s Day theme is #BreakTheBias.
IWD, along with Women’s History Month, provides an opportunity to celebrate the
achievements of women while focusing on the need to further the cause of gender
equality and raise awareness against bias. The Qlik Women In Technology (WIT) ERG
(160 members strong!) is sponsoring a variety of events to highlight these
A Qlik WIT Update
The Qlik WIT mission is to create an inclusive environment that empowers and encourages all women at Qlik to break glass ceilings, fix broken rungs, fulfill their potential and drive change. Our WIT ERG is open to employees regardless of gender and job role, with allies always welcome, and offers a safe space to support, inspire and celebrate as women progress through their careers and lives. Qlik WIT’s programming includes:
- Mentoring Programs for WIT members;
- WIT Wednesdays – A safe space for members to discuss any issues, concerns or ideas;
- Support for company-wide initiatives, such as equitable paid maternity leave and reducing the gender pay gap; and
- Spotlight Speakers – highlights of women in different roles at Qlik.
Celebrating 2022 Women’s History Month
One noteworthy WIT speaker this month is DeLisa Alexander, who serves on Qlik’s Board. She will be joining the group for a fireside chat with Poornima Ramaswamy, EVP of Global Solutions and Chief of Staff to CEO at Qlik. The discussion will focus on Alexander’s career journey, job shifts and the need for women in technology. Since January 2021, Alexander has been an independent consultant, providing advisory services to companies and executives in the technology and software industry. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Red Hat, Inc., from March 2011 through January 2021.
In addition to the fireside chat, WIT’s next book club meeting will be about Abby Wambach’s “WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game,” based on her 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College graduates. Wambach holds the world record for international goals for both female and male soccer. Her message to all women is: “If we keep playing by the Old Rules, we will never change the game. Welcome to the New Rules. Welcome to the Wolfpack.” The WIT ERG couldn’t be more aligned with her sentiments, as ending bias comes with reconfiguring and reimaging the rules of any game, career or otherwise, you’re playing and want to be played fairly.
Recognizing Recent Progress
Beyond looking ahead and what’s happening now, Qlik also wants to recognize some recent accomplishments by our team. One recent achievement we feel humbled and deeply proud of is Ramaswamy’s selection by CRN to its 2022 Channel Chiefs list. CRN’s annual Channel Chiefs project identifies top IT channel vendor executives who continually demonstrate expertise, influence and innovation in channel leadership. According to our CEO Mike Capone, “[t]hose that work with Poornima know the dedication and expertise she brings every day, and we’re thrilled to have her recognized by CRN for her efforts with her team and the partner ecosystem to drive mutually successful outcomes for our joint customers.”
In addition, Qlik has implemented a Diversity Score Card, which illustrates gender representation across all levels of the organization, from non-managers to directors and above, as part of our DE&I reporting practices. In the spirit of our findings, our Global Products and Technology team has implemented a variety of programs and tactics to attract, recruit and retain diverse talent in this vital function.
Benefits of Gender Inclusivity
The evolving culture of the business community is leaning toward greater inclusion. Boston Consulting Group found that diverse management teams achieve EBITA margins that are nine percentage points higher than businesses with below-average diversity. And, in a survey of nearly 13,000 enterprises in 70 countries, the International Labour Organization found that more than half (53%) agreed that gender diversity initiatives improve business outcomes. Among those who track gender diversity, nearly three-quarters reported profit increases as high as 20%.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that at Qlik (and at other companies), diversity isn’t only good for our employees (e.g., women looking to make strides in tech) —it’s also good for customers and, ultimately, the bottom line. It’s also the right thing to do. And, instead of waiting for diversity to manifest on its own, we actively seek out and attract a variety of bright female minds to keep pace with the speed of business.
To that end, Qlik is hiring with an emphasis on attracting female applicants for all functions including technology-based/R&D-based positions. Please take a look at our openings by visiting this page.