What Accessible Design and Engineering Look Like at Quip (With 6 Tips for Your Company)
Christina Xu has long been interested in accessible design. As the product manager for the Accessibility (A11y) team at real-time collaboration software company Quip, it's more than just a passing fascination—it's a key part of her job.
Because Quip makes collaboration tools that are designed to empower people to work effectively together, says Christina, it's vital that those tools are designed to be used by everyone. "If an employee can't use our tools, it affects their ability to do their jobs, to get updates, respond to coworkers, participate in projects, or share their ideas," says Christina.
"I'm constantly thinking about who technology empowers, who it disables, and who gets to make those decisions," she adds, sharing that accessibility became even more important to her when her partner was diagnosed with a chronic illness. "Basic computer interactions like sitting at a desktop and using a mouse, or tapping text messages out on a phone, [can be] very painful [for them]. Watching them explore different tools and assistive technologies to make those experiences a little easier is a constant reminder of the importance of this work."
Christina's team has worked on several accessibility projects over the last few months, including Dark/High Contrast mode, designed for low-vision users and also a popular feature in general. We interviewed Christina along with three product engineers she works with—Tommy Vo, Joyce Zhu, and Ben Cronin—about their experience on that project and what they've learned about accessible product design and engineering.
Impactful work that's intellectually challenging
Ben has a very close friend, Laura, who has been blind for most of her life. "Her story has really shaped my understanding of what it means for someone to be 'disabled,'" he explains. "The fact that she cannot see may profoundly change the way she experiences the world, but it does not make her incapable of participating in and contributing to it." Working on accessibility projects makes Ben feel like he's creating a more even playing field for people like Laura.
But Ben's not in this work just for that rewarding feeling (though he does enjoy it). He also finds engineering for accessibility an intellectually stimulating problem. "I like the challenge of developing different frameworks for conveying all the information and enabling all the functionality that someone needs to successfully interact with a complex app," he says.
Tommy, who has worked on A11y features at Quip for other projects like their Navigation Redesign and Message Composer, agrees: "Accessibility teaches me to tackle problems logically and helps me learn new things about the web and assistive technology every day," he says. "For example, nothing grinds my gears more than discovering different behavior of HTML elements across browsers, yet I love learning about caveats like that and could spend hours researching in my own time."
Tommy also likes how clear-cut the wins are in accessible design. "Versus other UX projects where it might be hard to define success, it is often easy for me to tell whether an accessibility feature is satisfactory or not," he says. "Can our customers use it? Does it pass the defined ARIA standard or not?"
Joyce is a big personal fan of Dark/High Contrast mode and long wished she could use it on the products she works on every day. "When we had enough engineers to staff a full-time accessibility team, I was eager to do a technical investigation into how to create robust dark and high-contrast themes," she says.
Christina maps out the steps towards making Dark/High Contrast mode a reality, highlighting the complex engineering and design problems that had to be carefully solved before bringing the much-requested feature to life:
- "Tommy had to implement semantic colors for all of Quip. This means that instead of designers specifying that a button is a certain shade of blue in the code, they would instead specify that a button is 'button-colored,' and we would then render a precise color based on whether Quip was in Light, Dark, or High Contrast mode.
- Then, our designers came up with a formula to translate colors into these two modes.
- After that, it took many eyes and a long time to painstakingly identify all the edge cases where that translation didn't look quite right and adjust it, sometimes with the help of other teams at Quip."
Ben highlights how accessibility best practices are well-aligned with engineering best practices. "Small, time-consuming changes tend to be more effective than large, quick ones. In that vein, one of the most satisfying (if least technically impressive) changes I worked on was making a few minor tweaks to the ARIA markup for the main navigation structure of Quip; from what I've heard, just those small changes made it much easier for screen reader users to understand the general layout of the app," he says.
Making accessibility a priority
When we interviewed the A11y team at Quip, we asked them what they wished other PMs, designers, and engineers knew about the importance of designing with accessibility in mind. They gave lots of great tips, and we've rounded those up in the next section for you. But there was one major takeaway that each of them kept coming back to: how vital it is that accessibility is part of a product roadmap from the very beginning.
"Always plan ahead when it comes to design with accessibility in mind, even before coding," says Tommy. "It usually reveals a pattern or behavior of your product that is easily overlooked and could be costly to address if realized later on."
"Accessible design and engineering is actually best and easiest when done at the beginning of the feature implementation process, instead of being bolted on as an additional launch readiness checklist item," agrees Joyce.
Try to see a focus on accessibility as an opportunity, says Christina. "If you view accessibility as a burden or a checklist that you have to slog through at the end of the project, it will feel that way. But if you treat accessibility as a core constraint to consider at the very beginning of your project, it can be such a clarifying and powerful tool," she says.
6 ways to make your product design more accessible
1. Make no assumptions.
"If a design assumes that someone is able to process information visually on different parts of the page at the same time, or that they can precisely maneuver a mouse cursor, there's a pretty good chance that most users will have a suboptimal experience," says Ben.
2. Try it out yourself.
Joyce suggests that other engineers try navigating their products the way that users with different impairments might in order to get a small taste of what they're solving for. "Try using only your keyboard to navigate your site, turning on one of the many browser extensions which emulate color-blind vision and trying to get around using a screenreader—no looking at your monitor! You might be surprised at what affordances you wish you were able to use."
3. Go beyond just being empathetic.
Christina learned something from her background in qualitative research that she thinks about constantly with her accessibility work: "Your own imagination is full of assumptions and biases that are almost certainly wrong."
"Our team works very closely with some wonderful accessibility consultants (Prime Access Consulting) who are blind and low-vision themselves, and their real lived experiences help check any well-intentioned but wrong instincts," she adds.
4. Create a framework for prioritizing features.
Christina asks four questions of potential accessibility projects before deciding which to start with:
- How severe is the issue for people who are impacted by it? Is it annoying, confusing/disorienting, or fully disabling?
- How widely used or fundamental is the feature or surface that the issue is occurring on?
- Is there a workaround to the issue or not?
- What size and complexity of project is my team realistically able to handle at the time?
5. Plan carefully.
This one is true for most engineering projects, but worth highlighting here. Tommy shares that he spent a full week not even coding but rather focusing on writing up a detailed roadmap as to how their team would deliver the Dark/High Contrast mode to their organization, company, and public users. "Setting up expectations early really helps me and my team understand the project's scope, making sure we're on top of things and avoiding potential crunch along the way," he says.
6. Recognize that there's a lack of documentation around accessible design best practices—and contribute to it when you can.
Ben has found that while some resources exist, nuanced conventions—"That 'aria-label' should only be used with certain types of elements, or that 'aria-disabled' works slightly differently from 'disabled' depending on the element it's applied to," he provides as an example—are hard to find. Their team has gotten around that by working with their consultants and doing a lot of trial and error, and they're working to document what they've learned. "That [way], the broader Quip team can get a better understanding of a11y do's and don't's that go beyond the specs," he says.
To learn more about Quip and their open roles, go here.
How Zapier Director of Compensation Jocelyne Wright-McLemore Is Tackling Imposter Syndrome as a Black Woman in HR
Jocelyne Wright-McLemore has a sticky note that she looks at every day: "I'm overqualified and I can do this."
Zapier's Director of Compensation put that sticky note up shortly after she rolled out a big new project at the online automation company and received some critical feedback on it. Though the criticism came from a tiny portion of her audience and the project was a success overall, hearing it brought back some of the self-doubt and imposter syndrome that she faced earlier in her career.
This past February, PowerToFly was very proud to wrap up the panel portion of our recent Diversity Reboot 2021: The 100 Day Kickoff virtual summit by presenting our very first Diversity & Inclusion Award Show, honoring some true D&I champions across multiple industries
Back in 2020, we launched a submission process to honor select individuals who just don't talk the talk but truly walk the walk when it comes to making their companies and the world a more diverse and inclusive place. From the many submissions that we received, we chose six champions to honor.
You can watch the acceptance speeches for our honorees below or click here to watch the 45-minute awards show which included a roundtable discussion with our six DEI champions.
Want to nominated a friend or colleague for a future D&I Award? Submit their info here.
Women have always had a lot on their plates, juggling their professional goals with societal expectations and responsibilities to their families, partners, and communities.
But women have never had a year like 2020.
Hosting a Leadership Day — Facebook<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNjE3NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMTQ2NDIzMn0.BZZ6U0QdV-WBVPiaD90z2JiqnK5ITVfT5PBCvEWnwME/img.jpg?width=980" id="fb10d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="329cb46191a61060f2319f9a42c7b026" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="2500" data-height="1668" /><p>"Our Women@ employee resource group is hosting Women@ Leadership Day on Monday, March 8 to bring together women from across the company to celebrate, empower and develop leadership at all levels. This year's theme is 'Lead with Me — Uniquely You, Uniquely Powerful.'</p><p>At Facebook, women tap into their unique background and lived experiences to define how they lead. We fearlessly live our mission inside and outside of our company, giving others the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Each woman is uniquely powerful, and together we're an unstoppable force."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/facebook-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about Facebook and their open positions.</a></p>
Launching a Gender and Finance Hub — Moody’s<p>"In honor of International Women's Day, Moody's will launch a designated Gender and Finance hub featuring a range of our business offerings, leadership programs and community partnerships that center on promoting gender equality.</p><p>In addition, our employee-led Women's Business Resource Group will hold a range of virtual events and activities around the world to celebrate the accomplishments of women and address the barriers women still face in the workplace and greater society. Throughout March, we will profile leading women at Moody's to recognize their contributions and give them a platform for guiding the next generation of leaders."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/moody-s-corporation" target="_blank">Learn more about Moody's and their open positions.</a></p>
Spotlight Sessions, Workshops, and a Kudos Board — MongoDB<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjY3OC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTIzMDcwN30.IvaYzhAgZ7tvLyIhDlyBL7-N97CNQD0yBc5X7HXCX_s/img.png?width=980" id="f78f1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c622af0db602ba4f3b625a48b13fa879" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Women at MongoDB\u2019s watching a panel discussion" data-width="948" data-height="714" />
MongoDB's 2019 International Women's Day event in NYC<p>"We're actively working to increase representation at every level. This is done through the investment in programs to mentor and accelerate the development of high potential talent to grow into leadership roles, enabling managers to become inclusive leaders, constantly reviewing our processes for effectiveness and fairness, and diversifying our candidate pool through internal initiatives and external partnerships like PowerToFly.</p> <p>MongoDB is celebrating Women's History Month with a variety of events:</p><ul><li>Spotlight sessions with various internal MongoDB Women's Group speakers who will share their strengths and skills with other members</li><li>A workshop session with four MongoDB women leaders titled 'Being a Woman Leader and Growing Your Career'</li><li>A Women in Engineering panel with two external speakers, highlighting women with successful careers in engineering </li><li>An internal kudos board where women and allies can give shoutouts to their women peers</li><li>Global purple shirt day on International Women's Day</li><li>A women and allies Yoga and Meditation session"</li></ul>
Celebrating the Year of the Woman 2.0 — Freddie Mac<p>"Freddie Mac supports the development of our community of women by providing opportunities for networking, leadership and career development using internal programming and external organizations that enable us to retain and attract talent. Our Women's Interactive Network (WIN) Business Resource Group is hosting activities throughout Women's History Month that celebrate the resilience and power of women.</p><ul><li>'Get Out of Your Own Way' workshop featuring author and executive coach, Regan Walsh</li><li>'Women Surviving and Thriving Covid-19' roundtable with Freddie Mac leaders</li><li>Kick-off series on refining and developing leadership skills with Jacqueline M. Baker, Principal Consultant and Founder of Scarlet Communications"</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/freddie-mac" target="_blank">Learn more about Freddie Mac and their open positions.</a></p>
Challenging Hiring Practices — Elastic<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjY5MC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNjYwMDg5M30.xEDobloLFbxEOK-hbCwTDjkyuQCZ8lvLEm_zs8nJGtQ/img.png?width=980" id="6e1c6" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="cc9a04edbce0fa7a6d25dedf012d7865" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Photos of employees in Elastic\u2019s Singapore office celebrating the #EachForEqual theme of IWD last year, making the equal sign with their arms" data-width="998" data-height="752" />
Elastic's Singapore office celebrating the #EachForEqual theme of IWD last year<p><br>"We've been working towards wider female representation in leadership positions at Elastic. We recently doubled down on our commitment towards challenging a male-dominated field with<a href="https://www.elastic.co/blog/equal-pay-at-elastic-going-beyond-just-good-enough?ultron=eb&blade=powertofly&hulk=social" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> our equal pay policy</a>,<a href="https://www.elastic.co/blog/international-womens-day-2020-each-for-equal-at-elastic" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> these internal initiatives</a>, and by filling several senior-level positions with top female professionals. </p><p><br>Elastic is celebrating Women's History Month (WHM) and International Women's Day (IWD) by amplifying female voices throughout the organization. First, we're releasing a variety of content on our culture blog this month including a statement from Leah Sutton, our senior vice president of global human resources at Elastic, on how we're meeting the #ChooseToChallenge in our hiring practices. We'll also release a roundup of recent blog posts featuring our female leadership. Finally, our Elastic Cares team will hold sessions throughout the month to encourage volunteering with organizations that empower women both in the workplace and in day-to-day life."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/facebook-inc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Elastic and their open positions.</a></p>
A Day of Reflection — Chainalysis<p>"International Women's Day is one of Chainalysis's Days of Reflection (Company Holidays focused on DE&I). To celebrate, the Diversity Committee has planned several events including a panel discussing 'Can crypto help solve gender inequality?', a Linkedin campaign featuring some amazing women at Chainalysis, 'Wear Purple' day, and a Linkedin Power Hour inspired by PowerToFly to name just a few!"</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/chainalysis" target="_blank">Learn more about Chainalysis and their open positions.</a></p>
A Holistic Program to Educate and Engage — ServiceNow<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="307168f9a10f2aa1710777cbfc3543f0"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TiXCFrifk54?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>"At ServiceNow, we've increased women in leadership (director-plus) by nearly 8% in just three years. We've also been intentional about diversifying our board of directors, which is now 30% women. One of our most effective programs has been our annual Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leadership Summit). It has brought together new and established female leaders, along with male allies, to learn to combat bias and microaggressions, as well as how to combine caring with candor for powerful conversations.</p><p>ServiceNow is proud to be celebrating International Women's Day with our employees globally. We've worked closely with our Women at Now Belonging Group (ERG) to develop a holistic program that will inspire, educate, and engage employees globally, including:</p><ul><li>A series of events focused on dialogue around allyship and intersectionality</li><li>Employee voices from around the world sharing what they will personally 'choose to challenge' </li><li>Featured article in <a href="https://fairygodboss.com/company-overview/servicenow" target="_blank">FairyGodBoss </a>on why ServiceNow is a top company for women </li><li>Thought leadership content and blogs shared on our social media channels focused on amplifying ServiceNow's support for gender equity and belonging."</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/servicenow" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about ServiceNow and their open positions.</a></p>
Investing in Talent — Datadog<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjcxMS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2NDIzMTExM30.Za3_diMyNoBZCjC0QmnoinzECi6gsuvIPCptUuRNyC8/img.png?width=980" id="09a15" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="937412fa1026217a4af966381b859fae" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="\u200bPicture of female leaders and employees at Datadog's IPO in 2019" data-width="992" data-height="556" />
Female leaders and employees at Datadog's IPO in 2019<p>Per Armelle de Madre, Datadog's Chief HR Officer:</p><p>"In 2020, Datadog was able to increase our representation of women in leadership by 220%. And we're excited to continue building on that momentum in 2021 and beyond. While we place emphasis on better diversifying our candidate pipeline by partnering with organizations such as PowerToFly, we also aim to create an environment of education and empowerment internally at Datadog to encourage female employees to grow into positions of leadership. </p><p>At Datadog we are incredibly excited to be co-hosting an International Women's Day <a href="https://datadog.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8BBP77fkQ06vyi-cIbD3xw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">webinar event</a> for both employees and external attendees featuring a panel of prominent female Sales leaders from Datadog, Microsoft and OpenView. </p><p>Internally, we wanted to promote the intersectionality of gender and ethnic diversity in line with both Black History Month and Women's History Month, and in February we were honored to welcome Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of <em>Hidden Figures</em>, for a Q&A with Datadog employees to learn what drove Margot to tell this story that forever changed the course of computer science at NASA, and inspired the movie of the same name. </p><p>In addition, we're excited to be partnering with Bravely for an internal presentation for employees on 'Women at Work,' a fireside chat with Sarah Sheehan and Ericka Spradley, which will be followed by career coaching sessions for Datadog's female employees."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/datadog" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about DataDog and their open positions.</a></p>
Leading by Design — Deloitte<p>"We are committed to investing in our women. In November 2020, as part of this commitment, we introduced Leadership by Design, a program aimed at helping professionals shape and advance their career paths at Deloitte. Since its launch, more than 1,200 women across all levels have enrolled in Leadership by Design.</p><p>On March 8th, Deloitte will hold a conversation with champions and thought leaders in gender equity around how they each have harnessed their own power to challenge orthodoxies in their respective fields, and the world."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/deloitte1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Deloitte and their open positions.</a></p>
Celebrating with Songs, Speakers, and Support — New Relic<p>"To celebrate Womxn's History Month, New Relic will be celebrating through various events, social media spotlights, and non-profit donations. The list of events includes:</p><ul><li>Guided meditations</li><li>Movie nights</li><li>Womxn's History trivia games</li><li>Guest speaker events</li><li>Distant disco nights featuring strong womxn songstresses</li><li>Career development in partnership with Dress For Success</li></ul> <p>We'll also be highlighting our Womxn ERG in the #ChooseToChallenge campaign, supporting Womxn entrepreneurs through Kiva, and donating to Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation."</p> <p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/new-relic" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about New Relic and their open positions.</a></p>
Global, Local, and Inclusive — Smartsheet<p>"We're focused on encouraging our employees to stretch and grow within Smartsheet. We're working to launch an internal job board that will provide employees the opportunity to apply for roles before the role is posted externally. We're pairing this work with diverse candidate slate goals for our most senior roles to ensure we have considered diversity of talent. By giving our current employees the first opportunity at our open roles and holding ourselves accountable with representation goals throughout each stage of the hiring process, we're working to grow our talent and ensure that we're reflecting the diversity of our workforce.</p><p>Our Women's History Month and International Women's Day celebrations will be global with local tailoring:</p><ul><li>Global:<ul><li>Sharing: Creating a montage of responses from employees on "women who inspire"</li><li>Creating community via creating groups of women and gender minorities (3-5 people) to build bridges and support</li><li>Creating opportunity for our employees to share an area of expertise via a TED-style internal talk</li><li>Bringing in external perspectives: Hosting speakers on gender-equality topics</li></ul></li><li>Local (Australia): Panel of women (internal and external) across levels and experiences to share their journey"</li></ul><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/smartsheet" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Smartsheet and their open positions.<br></a>
Pushing Toward Equal Representation — Relativity<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjcyNy9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzE1MDE4M30.oHbT1Kq09-hbmw6AmsZMT4d6sxYcqLvCcZoIbL6AZxA/img.png?width=980" id="2eea7" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f107b29a89950c09e70832de5677d11f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Relativity employees sitting for a group photo for International Women\u2019s Day celebrations in 2020" data-width="994" data-height="400" />
From Relativity's International Women's Day celebrations in 2020<p>From Relativity's CHRO, Beth Clutterbuck:</p><p>"Relativity is intentional about recruiting women in tech, particularly leadership. In 2020, we added two women to our Executive Team, one to our Board and one as the Managing Director of APAC, one of our fastest growing customer regions. We've continuously made a conscious effort to hire more women, especially in Europe where tech skews heavily to men. We increased our women headcount in Poland by 10%, and in EMEA broadly, we now have nearly equal gender representation at 49% women (22% increase YoY). Relativity aspires to reach its global goal of 50/50 gender representation in all roles by 2024."</p><p>From Relativity's Tricia Johnson, Program Manager, Field Marketing:</p><p>"Workplace (RelWoW) Community Resource Group will celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History Month with a full slate of programs during March. We offer various programming to engage employees in the ways they respond best. This year's programs include:<br><br></p><ul> <li>An internal panel highlighting diverse career paths within Relativity</li><li>An external recruiting panel on mentorship</li><li>Multiple channels to discuss what International Women's Day 'Choose to Challenge' means to individuals</li><li>A book club featuring a <a href="https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/253047/we-are-never-meeting-in-real-life-by-samantha-irby/" target="_blank">book</a> by Samantha Kirby</li><li>A blog highlighting key milestones for women in the legal industry</li><li>A BadAss Women of History <a href="https://chicagodetours.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">virtual tour</a>"</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/relativity" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Relativity and their open positions.</a></p><div></div>
Developing Early- and Middle-Career Women — CSL Behring<p>"A core component of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives includes a focus on the recruitment and development of gender diverse talent. Not only do we have female representation goals established for our Board, Executive and People Manager roles, but we also have multiple programs or initiatives focused on developing our female entry-level and middle management talent through formal leadership development and mentoring programs to increase women's representation in leadership.</p><p>At CSL Behring we are encouraging, developing and showcasing our female talent around the globe through various panel discussions, seminars and messages. Notable events include:</p><ul><li>Women in Leadership Panel discussions where senior female leaders will share their career experiences including lessons learned and advice for others who are looking to advance their careers.</li><li>Video of leaders sharing messages on the advancement of women and recognizing IWD.</li><li>Sponsorship of multiple IWD partner events providing networking and development opportunities for females in leadership and STEM, as well as programs directed towards engaging men to advance women in leadership through allyship."</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/csl" target="_blank">Learn more about CSL Behring and their open positions.</a></p>
Launching an ERG for Women’s Success — OfferUp<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjc0Ni9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTQwMDY2MX0.7wzrOORBT174naMJezsDNn47_cO60liaI3yhGkHV6oM/img.png?width=980" id="6ed84" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b1db50fd5f81f3afd95186417562d48f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="980" data-height="624" /><p>"Female leadership is important at OfferUp. As part of our DEI plan, we track several metrics including our promotion activity and our goal is to increase the amount of women promoted every year. Our plan also includes the launch of our first employee resource group, Women In Tech, which will educate, enable and empower women at the company through learning opportunities, mentoring experiences and employee support.</p><p>For Women's History Month, we are promoting the success of our women employees and hosting education and recognition events for our full staff, including: </p><ul><li>On International Women's Day, a Women in Leadership speaker panel featuring women leaders from the Puget Sound who will talk about their leadership journeys</li><li>A launch event for the Women in Tech employee resource group</li><li>Weekly education on prominent women in history in our all-company newsletter</li><li>Women in History themed all-company trivia competition"</li></ul><div><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/offerup-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about OfferUp and their open positions.</a></div>
Looking at a Post-COVID World for Women — Raytheon Intelligence & Space<p>"Raytheon Intelligence & Space believes we are stronger together. We are focused on critical areas to increase women's representation in leadership by removing barriers to advancement, delivering purposeful development and targeted retention. We deploy conscious inclusion programs and practices to drive outcomes and attract talent. We also mitigate bias in job postings and interview questions.</p><p>In celebration of Women's History Month, Raytheon Intelligence & Space will be sponsoring and participating in the California Conference for Women, and sharing career advice from our executive team with employees. We will also be hosting a webinar focused on women in STEM, the challenges facing women in the COVID environment and the changing workplace in a post-COVID world. In addition, our Raytheon Women's Network Employee Resource Group is hosting a series of employee-focused events to commemorate the month."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/raytheon-technologies" target="_blank">Learn more about Raytheon and their open positions.</a></p>
Listening to Women's Stories — CallRail<p>"In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, CallRail is accepting this year's challenge through their ERG, the Women's Circle. With a full week dedicated to celebrating the progress women have made in tech and challenging the road ahead, The Women's Circle is looking inward to celebrate the success of women at CallRail and the unexpected paths that led them here.</p> <p>Through a virtual, company-wide Q&A panel, we'll listen to the stories of women in all positions of leadership about how they made it to these roles - from the hurdles to the triumphs and everything in between."</p> <p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/5613" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about CallRail and their open positions.</a></p>
RiseUp and Mentor — Dassault Systemes<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjc1MS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY3MzU2OTg4N30.wxYzLnCLLzGyRTvC1OJYyuhvva5XwpYE_VPgb0mWuJ0/img.png?width=980" id="07aca" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7122839f5ca46777d3856de33b0daaea" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="830" data-height="468" /><p>"Dassault Systemes has made a public statement promising to reach 30% Women People Managers by 2025. To reach this goal, a new program called RiseUp has been launched in order to accelerate women's leadership and empowerment. Currently, a high-performing group of women have been identified and are being coached and mentored in preparation of becoming people managers.</p><ul><li>This year the UN Women's theme is 'Choose to Challenge.' We are challenging our employees to take action for equality and have launched a social media campaign internally and externally.</li><li>We are hosting a series of webinars highlighting our internal Women Leaders. We had a fireside chat with Michelle Ash, CEO of our GEOVIA Brand. We learned about her views on the mining industry, women leadership, and inclusion.</li><li>In our EURONORTH Geo, a Diversity Week is being held and will include Unconscious Bias training."</li></ul><div><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/dassault-systemes" target="_blank">Learn more about Dassault and their open positions.</a></div>
Hosting Employee Panels and Breakout Groups — VTS<p>"VTS has made a consistent and conscious effort to increase women in leadership roles by having a promote-from-within culture, and ensuring that the company has access to coaching opportunities to get them to the next step in their career. Currently, women in leadership positions at the company make up almost 40% of that group—and it's on the rise! </p> <p>VTS is hosting a panel of our employees on March 10, moderated by our Interim Head of People Margaretta Noonan, who is a member of the advisory board for the Global Summit of Women. Going along with this year's International Women's Day theme of 'Choose to Challenge,' we are hosting different breakout groups after the panel. These sessions aim to have our employees learn how to challenge themselves in order to invest in their personal brand, unlearn bias, and support women in work and life."</p> <p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/vts" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about VTS and their open positions.</a></p>
Cheersing to Women’s Success at Afternoon Tea — dv01<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMjc2Mi9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTk0MzkwNX0.VX346LXOv-BHWmrqgGSU0fCkWg0Nzyneum6Fb9bq5eI/img.png?width=980" id="a9f7d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ec3274b485344f31cb220f5da4d8479e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="994" data-height="556" /><p>"At dv01 we have several women in leadership positions, including COO and VP of Sales, and have continued to promote women to management positions. We provide our team members with increasing responsibility and give them space to take ownership of their projects. Additionally, we pride ourselves in offering a flexible work schedule, which allows our team members to work around life's many challenges. We continue to acknowledge the hard work of women and motivate them to grow within the company.</p> <p>For International Women's Day at dv01 we'll be hosting a Women's Day Party starting with a morning yoga session and a virtual afternoon tea! Throughout the month we will have several events geared toward women and female empowerment, including women's history month trivia, virtual viewings of films either directed by women or with strong female leads, and other events which highlight accomplished female writers and artists."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/dv01" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about dv01 and their open positions.</a></p>
"Following the Sun” with Events Around the World — Ciena<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzA3Mi9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNjkxMzk5Nn0.FtnfeEFRP2w5hs-ng5P02YCLavrgo7vRD9bTVJxJxWs/img.png?width=980" id="b9082" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bc27dd296ff4e0868eee285c705f0bca" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="1000" data-height="466" /><p>"<a href="https://cienacorp.sharepoint.com/sites/Inclusivity/SitePages/Women-@-Ciena.aspx?web=1" target="_blank">Women@Ciena</a> is hosting a global event to celebrate International Women's Day on one continuous Zoom. Kicking off in Singapore, this year's global event will 'follow the sun' to each region, from APJ to India to EMEA and to the Americas, with unique events being hosted in all regions and live handoffs taking place in between – All in Together!</p><p>We will have exciting surprise guests including a four-star Navy Admiral to hear her thoughts on diversity and experience a live cooking demo to inspire heart healthy lunches amid our Zoom-filled days.</p><p>Also, we will offer breakout sessions like: Your Career Path is a Journey – Are You Navigating?, Choose to Challenge, Taking Grit to a New Level, Owning your Personal Brand, among others.</p><p>The day will close with an all-star Ciena panel with members from our Leadership team, highlighting the importance of allyship."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/ciena" target="_blank">Learn more about Ciena and their open positions.</a></p>
Celebrating a Culture Where Everyone Can Thrive — Autodesk<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzA4Ny9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzQyMTI4OX0.ew9U-sj1lnxctDEwjoi7kZGKcKp4pX8W8VFYBR_YMNU/img.png?width=980" id="dbd14" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="525d508db47e86799e7cb8edceaa4ef0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="998" data-height="658" /><p>"Autodesk is proud to celebrate Women History Month by hosting a series of events. Autodesk Women Network (AWN), one of the company's many ERGs, is pleased to kick-off the month with a fireside chat featuring Herminia Ibarra to discuss diversity, authentic leadership, belonging, and the important role we all play in making Autodesk a place where people of all gender identifies can thrive. Furthermore, we have coordinated a series of talks, workshops, and a belonging circle on Belonging and Authentic Leadership. We are excited to kick-off March events and celebrate women globally! #Autodesklife"</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/autodesk-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about Autodesk and their open positions.</a></p>
Honest Discussions on Supporting Women — LogMeIn<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzE0MC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxODgwNzI3NX0.fE3aAeBuqeVfBde2I4sjSBy5unVdIdzSjW7pfjzaKVs/img.png?width=980" id="75cf1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6c81fa8ef1d75391bfe092c90195afc2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="992" data-height="556" /><div>"As the leader of a modern remote workforce, we leverage our own products and technology to retain and attract women in leadership. Through roundtables, surveys, and panels, we look to identify any barriers for women's advancement within LogMeIn. Through honest discussion, we will uncover what issues we need to address to allow women to grow within our inclusive, engaging, and equitable organization. We want to attract new women in all roles and levels, but working on the internal experience of women at LogMeIn is the beginning of our journey and where we will focus much of our efforts.<br></div><br>Women around the world continue to be dramatically impacted by the shift in how we work. At LogMeIn, we believe we each have a responsibility to challenge gender bias and inequity in the modern workforce and find creative ways to seek out and celebrate women's achievements, especially in a remote environment. Join us on March 24th at 11:00 a.m. EST for a discussion about this year's WHM theme: explore why women need our support now more than ever, and what you can do to support women in this new flexible working era. Register <a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5848145530944444944" target="_blank">here</a>."<p><br></p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/logmein-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about LogMeIn and their open positions.</a><br></p>
Coaching Circles and Leadership Forums — NBA<p>"The NBA's Women's Network conducts a series of year-long coaching circles. Circles are small groups of 10-12 women who want to connect, learn and grow together. This is a safe space for women to connect and share experiences and also build new skills together. This year's theme is Finding Personal & Professional Success in 2021 and each circle will meet virtually 6 times during the year.</p><p>The NBA is also hosting the 3rd Annual Women's Leadership Forum, a gathering of women from the league office and NBA, WNBA, G League, 2K League and Basketball Africa League teams. At this year's forum, we will celebrate champions and changemakers who will lead discussions that empower us to inspire one another, break down barriers and learn from our collective experience to achieve our full potential."<br><br></p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/nba" target="_blank">Learn more about the NBA and their open positions.</a></p>
Leading by Example — Bumble<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcxMzE0OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTgxMDk2Mn0.s-NgnnAUU4_PiOZs5SZWd43Bb89UPEy6zXFQycF4jgU/img.jpg?width=980" id="ffbaf" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3f46f9f1d296904cf25f5ebcad2ae6ec" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="3 women at Bumble sitting in chairs for a panel discussion" data-width="3600" data-height="2400" /><p>"Bumble is a women-led company that has an equitable gender representation within our C-suite with 54% comprising of women. Furthermore, 73% of Bumble's board is made up of women. At Bumble, we truly value cultivating a culture that's rooted in kindness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion, and growth. This means that from the very beginning of the hiring process, we actively seek diverse candidates and our careers page strongly encourages people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, as well as individuals with disabilities to apply.</p><p>Bumble is excited to celebrate Women's History Month this year through the following lineup of programming for our global team: </p><ul><li>International Women's Day Kickoff: Team members will be invited to participate in their<a href="https://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme" target="_blank"> #ChooseToChallenge</a> social campaign by sharing their commitment to gender equality throughout their social channels. </li><li>Throughout the month, we will host interactive events that will foster community by inviting amazing guest speakers from organizations such as PowerToFly to share why fast-tracking gender equality is essential to prosperity for all, to a panel event featuring women in leadership at Bumble about the importance of community connections and women lifting up other women."</li></ul><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/bumble" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Bumble and their open positions.</a></p>
Building a “Foundation for Progress” — Procore<p>"Procore is a people-first company, and we remain committed to our vision of improving the lives of everyone in construction––regardless of race, gender, background, or otherwise. At its core, our vision is founded on inclusion, with a focus on enabling every person at Procore, and in the industry, to do their best work. We have revisited our employee calibration practices and focused on hiring a workforce with more women and people of color. We've also taken steps to educate our leaders by offering mentorship and training opportunities.</p><p>As part of International Women's Day and Women's History Month in March, Procore is organizing several activities to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in the construction industry and beyond. We recently hosted an external webinar on the future of Women in Construction as part of our series 'Foundations for Progress.' Our employees and industry professionals were invited to join construction leaders as they took stock of the progress women in construction have made and the work that still has to be done. This month, we're publishing a number of thought leadership articles to provide guidelines, stories, and anecdotes that inspire action.<a href="https://www.procore.com/wic" target="_blank"> Read more</a> about the impact of Procore's Women in Construction efforts."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/procore-technologies-inc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Procore and their open positions.</a></p>
Leveling Up Skillsets — uShip<div>"Over the past year we have connected some of our women in engineering with an outside mentor through PowerToFly's mentor program. Our employees have been matched with leaders who have helped them gain or enhance skillsets such as conflict resolution, working cross-functionally, and how to manage a team. All very important traits to have when working towards a leadership career track!<br></div><p>In our weekly company newsletter, we highlight different events going on in our local community as it relates to Women's History Month, that employees can attend, watch online, or read about."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/uship-inc" target="_blank">Learn more about uShip and their open positions.</a></p>
Sourcing Talent from Within — Primer<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzE1Ni9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzMDM2NDA0Nn0.cD2uNwQldtXaQEQfp0VWNwkl4f-2_iYZbU-73neVvRw/img.png?width=980" id="27be1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="988af0c1cdd1d794e2bf961311b54b83" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="986" data-height="546" /><p>"When we have an open leadership role, we intentionally source women candidates either internally or externally. We know we'll be growing and women in management positions now will be in senior leadership positions in the future. We are also building relationships between our employees, and women leaders on our Advisory board. We know mentorship is important for women as they take on leadership roles.</p><p>We are engaging with the women of Primer to understand what would be most meaningful for them. Some of the ideas we are considering are swag celebrating women at the company, events with women leadership mentors, and virtual luncheons."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/primer" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about Primer and their open positions.</a></p>
Intersectional Empowerment — S&P Global<p>"In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, S&P Global will highlight employee testimonials internally and externally in addition to feature programming with women thought leaders. Our Employee Resource Groups play an integral role in our employee engagement. This month we are partnering with WINS: Women's Initiative for Networking and Success and BOLD: Black Organization for Leadership & Development to welcome esteemed speakers Lola Akinmade Akerstrom and Baroness Floella Benjamin to speak to our employees on the theme #ChooseToChallenge."</p><p>Video to include: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJgm4AxmeA" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJgm4AxmeA</a></p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/sp-global" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about S&P Global and their open positions.</a></p>
Honoring a History of Women — T. Rowe Price<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwMzE2MS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NjkzOTk4M30.3ZaF2pjXZbdlcVI7oSbVnKlGq8inEUfaFE6PDliR6l8/img.png?width=980" id="e4589" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="16b0367c7722a2d703cf1729ec994baf" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" data-width="976" data-height="616" /><div>"From T. Rowe Price's first day in 1937, women have had a significant role in the firm's success. Contributing as writers, accountants, portfolio managers, and sales representatives, to name a few, the value of women's achievements is important to celebrate. Of the four associates who joined Mr. Price, two were women: Isabella Craig and Marie Walper.<br></div><p>These pioneers brought invaluable skill sets and unwavering commitment to the firm.</p><p>Isabella Craig handled statistical calculations and accounting before becoming the Secretary of the corporation and a client counselor. Early associates credited her talents as a major influence on the quality of the firm.<br></p><p>Marie Walper managed administrative duties during the firm's formative years. As the firm grew, she remained Mr. Price's personal assistant and sounding board. She also helped codify the firm's ethics and served as treasurer.</p><p>We pay homage to our history as we honor women at the firm today."</p><p><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/t-rowe-price-group-inc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Learn more about T. Rowe Price and their open positions.</a></p>
Intentional Hiring & Promotion in Leadership — VideoAmp<img lazy-loadable="true" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNTcwNjY5OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NjkzNDU4Mn0.YnDLPyWPVSCwEzt9j5U3GHb-9_KJkYEIfvuyvLc4V_4/img.jpg?width=980" id="2f444" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="323845b3e8c7555f149cc42db50f9855" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="women at videoamp flexing" data-width="4753" data-height="3169" /><p>"As a People First organization, we believe in promoting from within as our default to accelerate career growth. This philosophy has resulted in several promotions to leadership and executive roles for the women in our workforce, most recently in the Engineering department, Client Success, and on the Revenue team.</p> <p>Our diversity partnership with PowerToFly has been beneficial in bringing more interest, attention, and active applications for roles at VideoAmp by women interested in the adtech space from around the country. Most recently, we welcomed a highly talented woman in a leadership role on our Engineering team, a department that historically has lacked a strong female presence, and we expect to continue this effort as a priority. We celebrate and seek out those with unique experiences to further a culture of belonging and innovation. Our business is growing and this means we expect the opportunity for women to grow at VideoAmp. Together we rise!</p><ul><li>Embrace wellness is a core value at VideoAmp, and to honor and celebrate the women in our workforce, this year we're hosting a wellness practitioner to take us through a guided mindfulness practice focused on self-compassion and self-care, from the unique perspective of women in the workplace. Our goal is to give back to the women who contribute everyday as a means to celebrate and give thanks."</li></ul><div><a href="https://powertofly.com/companies/videoamp" target="_blank">Learn more about VideoAmp and their open positions.</a></div>
How Hopin’s CCO Knew a Startup Environment Was Right For Her—and Two Questions to See If It’s Right for You
If there's a thread that connects all the different facets of Rosie Roca's life, it's the power of bringing people together.
From how she was raised, to how she got her first job, to the decision to leave enterprise software to take on her current role as the Chief Customer Officer at fast-growing events technology platform Hopin, a focus on community has helped to guide Rosie's decisions.