Here at Zapier, we are ecstatic to announce that our very own Maggie Roque, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity (DIBE), has been recognized by Untapped as a ‘Walk the Walk’ Award winner, alongside the top DEIB leaders of 2022! 🎉
The purpose of Untapped's Top DEIB Leaders of 2022 'Walk the Walk' is to recognize the people challenging the status quo and pushing #DEIB forward in their organizations and communities.
At #Zapier, we believe in DIBE as DNA. As a result of Maggie's leadership, Zapier now has year-by-year goals with supporting initiatives — including how we will measure success for each of our DIBE pillars: people, product, and the public good. Maggie has refined our DIBE strategy in alignment with Zapier’s mission, values, and business strategy. Her work helps ensure all Zapiens, especially our leaders, are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and resources to make it a consistent and standard way of operating. She has also provided mentorship to our employee resource groups, which include BIPOC of Zapier, Women of Zapier, and Prizm (LGBTQIA+).
No matter what, at Zapier we can count on Maggie to align and empower our team toward tremendous DIBE impact as we pursue our mission to make automation work for everyone. We are so proud of you, Maggie! Congratulations on this well-deserved award!
Learn more about Untapped and the 2022 award recipients HERE
A few months ago, I went through a part of my usual Saturday routine: I took my child to soccer practice and cheered from the sidelines. But this time, I wore my Ray-Ban Stories glasses. With a simple voice command, I was able to take photos and videos without having to fiddle with my phone or be separated from the moment by a screen. For the first time, I was right there the entire time — never missing a moment.
That afternoon, I got a glimpse into what’s possible with presence thanks to technology. It was so powerful and magical that it felt like the gap between my memory and experience had completely collapsed.
The metaverse — the next generation of digital experiences — will transform the way we connect. With today’s internet, we connect with people mostly by looking at screens. But in the metaverse, we’ll be able to share the same spaces three-dimensionally.
In the next decade, more than a billion people may be in the metaverse. And because companies like Meta are starting to think about this future now, we have the opportunity to help build the metaverse with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) from its inception. There’s no doubt that it’s an enormous responsibility. And it definitely isn’t easy to resolve the complicated issues of DEI in technology, especially at a global scale. But working on these issues is one of the things that excites me most about Meta, and our role in using technology to have a positive impact on society.
It’ll take years for the metaverse to be built, so we have a long road ahead. Here are a few things we’re doing — and being intentional about — now.
1) Asking the right questions
To work toward an inclusive metaverse, we need to ask the right questions about what inclusivity must look like in immersive experiences. Meta is doing that through a two-year, $50 million investment in partnerships with U.S. civil rights groups, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and other organizations globally to explore issues related to the metaverse from different perspectives. And through a partnership with Howard University, researchers will explore historical barriers to information technology; they’ll share recommendations on what we can do to remove those barriers and offer insights to better inform our work from the ground up.
2) Building networks of diverse talent
Diverse people shouldn’t just participate in the metaverse as consumers; they should be its architects and builders as well. To make that happen, we need to increase the diversity of people working in the tech industry, particularly in areas like artificial intelligence (AI), gaming, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR).
We’re partnering with institutions across the United States — historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander–serving institutions — to attract more students to deep learning courses and increase diversity and equity in the field of AI. Through the AI Learning Alliance, more people from underrepresented groups will be able to take free online courses in AI to prepare themselves for the jobs of the future. Courses will be available through our online learning platform, Meta Blueprint, and open to everyone, whether they are a student, professional, or hobbyist.
3) Breaking down language barriers
For people who speak or read languages like English and German, the internet offers endless possibilities. But many people who speak only an unwritten or nondominant language are cut off.
Today’s translation tools typically use English as an intermediary when translating between two different languages, which can be less accurate than direct translation. They also aren’t capable of translating speech in one language to speech or writing in another. That’s why using new technology to break down language barriers is so important. People will feel more connected to others if they can communicate, work, or produce art in their chosen languages. They’ll also have the potential to immediately reach billions of others across the world regardless of their preferred language. Can you imagine how that would change our lives?
Possibilities like these drive our long-term efforts to build new translation tools that will give creators and consumers the ability to participate equally in the metaverse in more languages and reach people in the farthest corners of the globe.
4) Broadening access to the metaverse for users and creators
Participation in the metaverse will not depend on having access to a headset. There will be many entry points through which people can participate using any device, including mobile phones. For those who do want the experience that a VR headset allows, we are working to make them as affordable as possible. It’s also important to remember that, as an industry, we’re still at the very early stages of building devices with VR and AR capabilities.
Enabling access for creators from diverse backgrounds is equally important, and I’m pleased with the progress we are making with our Spark AR platform. It’s already being used by hundreds of thousands of creators in 190 countries to build immersive experiences across Meta’s apps and devices. Spark AR and similar platforms are making it possible for people from diverse backgrounds to build effects and other things in AR that will enrich our VR and AR worlds of the future.
5) Creating myriad options for self-expression
Representations in the metaverse should reflect the diversity of the real world. Recently, we announced improvements to our Meta avatars, including new facial shapes and assistive devices such as cochlear implants, over-the-ear hearing aids, and wheelchairs for people with disabilities. When you create your avatar, you can choose the facial features, body type, clothing styles, and more that are right for you. We offered more than one quintillion different combinations when we launched our updated avatars last year, and we’re continuing to add more options to give people even more ways to express themselves. And now you can choose to bring that avatar across VR, Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger.
Appearance is important, but representation in the metaverse will also be about voice, sound, and other ways we express ourselves. Avatars are just the first step toward enabling everyone to show up however they choose.
Here’s the “ting”
I love my native country of Trinidad and Tobago. In fact, I love the entire region of the Caribbean. However, by virtue of size and scale alone, educational and work opportunities were more limited than if one had the offerings of the entire globe from which to choose. If I had the ability to “be” in other places while physically staying in the country I loved, it would have changed my entire life trajectory. I grew up at a time when long-distance phone calls were exorbitantly expensive, so writing and mailing letters was how I kept in touch with family and friends far away. When I moved abroad to further my education, whether in the United States or in England, I would ration my letters home because stamps were so expensive and the letters took forever to move back and forth! Now, with Ray-Ban Stories and Portal, I can easily share everyday moments with family back home, in real time, no matter where I am. In the metaverse, even more education and work possibilities will open up so that people can pursue their dreams while staying close to the people and places they love.
It’s important to remember that an inclusive metaverse benefits everyone, including people from traditionally underrepresented groups. What inclusivity in the metaverse will look like is a difficult question with no easy answers. As with any transformative technology, it will take a while for everything to come together, and even when the metaverse is realized, it will continue to evolve with time. I am encouraged by the active investments Meta is making to approach inclusion holistically and to engage with partners and experts in ongoing conversations about what it will truly mean to help build the metaverse responsibly.
Inclusive leaders are ones who make their team feel like they belong, like they're valued, and like their whole self is seen and appreciated at work. Being cognizant of different holidays and celebrations can go a long way in doing that.
Perhaps your company chooses to highlight the diversity of your employees by collectively celebrating different festive days. Or maybe you're encouraging employees to use floating paid holidays to mark important days with their families and friends. Either way, a diversity awareness calendar can go a long way in helping you meet your goals. Avoid insensitive missteps by checking against these diversity holidays before scheduling all-hands meetings or company parties.
Start your planning with this diversity and inclusion calendar —and make sure it's truly inclusive by asking your team to add the holidays that are important to them.
You can sync this calendar with your Google Calendar by clicking the link below!
This diversity calendar starts with month-long celebrations in January:
- Poverty in America Awareness Month
- Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January 1: New Year's Day, the first day of the year as celebrated by many countries.
January 6: The Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day or Día de los Reyes, a Christian holiday that recognizes the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus after his birth.
January 7: Christmas Day, as celebrated by Eastern Orthodox Christians, as they follow the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.
January 10: Bodhi Day, the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that Siddhartha Gautama experienced enlightenment.
January 14: Orthodox New Year, according to the Julian calendar.
January 16: World Religion Day, a Bahá'í holiday that celebrates the commonality between different religions and encourages interfaith understanding.
January 16-17: Tu B'shevat, or the Jewish New Year for Trees, known as the Jewish Arbor Day, which marks the start of spring in Israel.
January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday that marks the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 18: Mahayana New Year, the day that Mahayana Buddhists celebrate the new year.
February is Black History Month, celebrating the history and achievements of Black Americans.
February 1: National Freedom Day, honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery.
February 1: Lunar New Year, a week-long festival that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar, celebrated in China as well as in Japan, Vietnam, Korea, and Mongolia.
February 2: Candlemas, a Christian holy day that commemorates when Jesus was presented to the temple for the first time.
February 5: Vasant Panchami, a Hindu festival celebrating spring and Saraswati Devi, the goddess of art and culture.
February 11: Asian-American Women's Equal Pay Day, marking the fact that Asian-American women earn 90 cents for every dollar earned by white men.
February 14: Valentine's Day, celebrated by western Christians as a saint's day and as a secular holiday highlighting love.
February 15: Nirvana Day, a Buddhist commemoration of Buddha's death.
February 15: Presidents' Day, a U.S. holiday celebrating President George Washington's birthday and all the presidents after him.
February 16: Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday and the end of the Carnival season, celebrated by Christians as the last day before Lent and often full of feasting and celebration.
February 16: Mukha Bucha Day, also known as Māgha Pūjā, a Buddhist holiday celebrating the Buddhist community spent giving alms, visiting the temple, and meditating.
February 16: Maghi-Purnima, a Hindu festival celebrated on the last day of Magha, a month focused on charity work, when devotees often take holy baths and do charity.
March is National Women's History Month, celebrating the contributions and achievements women have made to American history. It's also:
- Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- Greek-American Heritage Month
- Irish-American Heritage Month
March 1: Maha Shivarati, a Hindu festival celebrated to honor Lord Shiva and the arrival of spring.
March 1: Lailat al Miraj, a Muslim holiday commemorating Muhammad's journey from Mecca to the Farthest Mosque in Jerusalem and beginning the night before at sundown.
March 2: Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar.
March 8: International Women's Day, celebrating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements and highlighting women's rights.
March 9: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women's Equal Pay
March 16-17: Purim, a Jewish holiday marking when the Jewish community in Persia was saved from genocide, celbrated by giving charity and feasting.
March 17: St. Patrick's Day, a holiday celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.
March 18: Holi, a Hindu and sikh spring festival celebrating spring and new beginnings with bonfires, bright colors, and feasting.
March 20: Ostara, a holiday celebrating the spring equinox observed by Pagans and Wiccans.
March 20: Norooz, the Persian New Year.
March 20-21: Naw-Ruz, the Baha'I New Year.
March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, declared by the United Nations in 1966 to honor the killing of 69 people at a demonstration against South African apartheid.
March 24: All Women's Equal Pay Day
March 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, declared by the United Nation in 2008 to honor and remember slaves who died.
March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
- Arab-American Heritage Month
- Autism Awareness Month
- Earth Month
- Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, meant to raise awareness of the developmental disorder.
April 2-May 2: Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year and a holy month celebrating when Mohammad received the revelations of the Quran, spent fasting, reflecting, and praying.
April 8: Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, celebrated in Israel and around the world as a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews that died in the Holocaust.
April 10: Ram Navami, a Hindu holiday celebrating the birthday of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishu.
April 10: Palm Sunday, a Christian holiday marking Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and the start of the Holy Week.
April 14: Holy Thursday, a Christian holiday commemorating the Last Supper between Jesus and the Apostles before his crucifixion.
April 14: Lord's Evening Meal, celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses in memory the Last Supper celebrated on the first night of Passover in 33 CE.
April 14: Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year and a celebration of the founding of the Sikh community in 1699
April 13-15: Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year, also celebrated as the Buddhist New Year.
April 15: Good Friday, a Christian holiday marking Jesus's crucifixion.
April 17: Easter, celebrated by Christians as the day Jesus rose from the dead after dying on the cross.
April 13: Equal Pay Day, at the time of writing; this day marking the pay gap between men and women moves depending on the actual pay gap.
April 14: Mahavir Jayanti, an important holiday celebrated by Jains commemorating the birth of Lord Mahavira.
April 15-April 23: Passover or Pesach, an eight-day Jewish festival celebrating when Israelites were freed from slavery in ancient Egypt.
April 21-May 2: Rivdan, a Baha'i festival celebrating when Baha'u'llah resided in paradise and proclaimed his mission as God's messenger.
April 22: Earth Day, promoting sustainability and environmental protection.
April 23: National Day of Silence, a protest against bullying and harassment of LGBTQIA+ individuals by students who take a vow of silence.
April 24: Armenian Martyrs' Day, honoring the 1.5 million Armenians killed by genocide in Turkey.
April 24: Pascha, Orthodox Easter.
April 29: Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of the year for Muslims, celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan and commemorating the night that the Quran was revealed to Mohammad.
May has several month-long celebrations, including:
- Mental Health Month
- Haitian Heritage Month
- Indian Heritage Month
- Jewish-American Heritage Month
- National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- Older Americans Month
- South Asian American Heritage Month
May 1: Beltane, a Celtic festival celebrating the beginning of summer, also known as May Day.
May 2-3: Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating Mexico's 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, celebrated in the Mexican state of Puebla and by Mexican-Americans.
May 5: Mother's Equal Pay Day
May 6: Vesak Day or Visakha Puja, a Buddhist festival marking Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death.
May 9: Mother's Day.
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set by the United Nations to celebrate harmony.
May 24: Declaration of the Bab, a Baha'i holiday.
May 25: Africa Day, commemorating the foundation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963.
May 26: The Feast of the Ascension, a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus's ascension into heaven.
May 29-30: Ascension of Baha'u'llah, a Baha'i holy day.
May 30: Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday honoring military veterans who died in war.
In June, several month-long holidays are celebrated, including LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, along with:
- AIDS Awareness Month
- Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month
- National Caribbean American Heritage Month
June 4-6: Shavuot, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the spring harvest and the giving of the Torah.
June 5: Pentecost, a Christian holiday commemorating when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
June 12: Loving Day, celebrating the anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia that made interracial marriage legal.
June 12: Anne Frank Day, celebrating the birthday of the young Jewish hero.
June 13: Race Unity Day, a Baha'i holiday founded in 1957.
June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, which commemorates when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans in 1924.
June 19: Juneteenth, a holiday that originally commemorated when the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas in 1865 and is now a broader celebration of Black freedom and achievement.
June 19: All Saints' Day, an Orthodox celebration of all known and unknown Christian saints.
June 20: Father's Day.
June 20: World Refugee Day, marked by the UN to encourage public awareness and refugee support.
June 24: Litha, the summer solstice celebrated by Pagans.
June 26: Anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in the U.S., which happened via the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015.
The month of July is French-American Heritage Month.
July 4: Independence Day
July 4: Republic Day, also known as Filipino-American Friendship Day, marking the Philippines' independence from the United States.
July 9: Martyrdom of the Bab, a Baha'i holiday observing the anniversary of the death of the Bab, the prophet of the Baha'i faith.
July 9-13: Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday commemorating the prophet Ibrahim's readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
July 13: Dharma Day, also known as Asalha Puja, a Buddhist holiday commemorating the Buddha's first discourse after his spiritual awakening.July 13: Dharma Day, also known as Asalha Puja, a Buddhist holiday commemorating the Buddha's first discourse after his spiritual awakening.
July 14: Bastille Day, also known as French National Day, celebrating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a turning point in the French Revolution.
July 18: International Nelson Mandela Day, marked on Mendela's birthday to honor his legacy.
July 24: Pioneer Day, a Mormon holiday recognizing the arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Morman pioneers in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
July 26: ADA Day, celebrating when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990.
July 29-30: Al-Hijra, the first day of the month of Muharram, which marks the beginning of the Islamic year.
July 30: International Day of Friendship, a day designated by the UN to promote relationships and friendship across cultures.
August 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous People, celebrating the rich heritage of indigenous cultures and recognizing the challenges they face.
August 3: Black Women's Equal Pay Day
August 5-6: Tisha B'Av, a Jewish date of observance mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.
August 8: Ashura, a day of fasting observed by Muslims to mark Moses' exodus from Egypt.
August 11: Raksha Bandhan, also known as Rakhi, an Indian festival celebrating the relationship between brothers and sisters.
August 19: World Humanitarian Day, marked by the UN to commemorate humanitarian workers killed or injured through their work.
August 19: Krishna Janmashtami, also known as Jayanti, a Hindu holiday celebrating Krishna's birthday.
August 26: Women's Equality Day, which celebrates the passing of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote.
August 31: Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu holiday celebrating the birthday of Ganesha.
September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. It begins on September 15th because that day is the independence day of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.
September 6: Labor Day, celebrating workers and the labor union movement.
September 8: Native American Women's Equal Pay Day
September 16: Mexican Independence Day
September 21: International Day of Peace, a day of nonviolence started by the United Nations.
September 23: Bi Visibility Day, marking the bi+ community.
September 25-27: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a ten-day period of spiritual renewal.
September 26: European Day of Languages, created by the Council of Europe and organized by the CoE and the European Union, which commemorates the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.
September 26- October 5: Navratri, a nine-day festival celebrating good triumphing over evil and ends in Dussehra on the 15th.
October is a packed month for cultural and communal celebrations, including:
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Down Syndrome Awareness Month
- Filipino-American Heritage Month
- German-American Heritage Month
- Italian-American Heritage Month
- LGBTQIA+ History Month
- National Work and Family Month
- Polish-American Heritage Month
- Family History Month
October 2: International Day of Nonviolence, marked on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday to work towards a culture of peace, tolerance, and understanding.
October 4-5: Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement that ends the ten days of penance that began with Rosh Hashanah.
October 9-16: Sukkot, a Jewish weeklong commemoration of the 40-year wanderings of the Israelites.
October 10: World Mental Health Day
October 11: National Coming Out Day, which is celebrated on the anniversary of a 500,000-person march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
October 11: Indigenous Peoples' Day, celebrating and honoring Native American history and culture, previously celebrated as Columbus Day and changed by many states and cities to decenter genocide.
October 15: White Cane Safety Day, a day for awareness of the blind community.
October 16-18: Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday known as the Eighth Day of Assembly and marked by joy and prayers.
September 17-18: Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Torah and marks a new cycle of reading it.
October 18-19: Eid Milad ul-Nabi, a Muslim holiday marking the birthday of the prophet Mohammed, celebrated by by Sunni Muslims on the 18th and Shi'a Muslims on the 23rd.
October 20: Sikh Holy Day, celebrating the birth of Guru Granth.
October 21: Latina's Equal Pay Day
October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day, which works to raise public awareness of stuttering.
October 24: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
October 25-26: Birth of the Bab, a Baha'i holiday marking the birth of the faith's prophet-herald.
October 27: Birth of Baha'u'llah, a Baha'i observance of another prophet-herald.
October 31: Halloween
October 31-November 2: Día de los Muertos, the Mexican celebration marking the Day of the Dead and celebrating those who have passed.
- National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
- Movember, meant to increase awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer
November 1: All Saints' Day, a western Christian holiday commemorating known and unknown Christian saints.
November 2: All Souls' Day, a Christian holiday to commemorate the dead (marked as Día de los Muertos in Mexico).
November 8: Guru Nanek Dev Ji's birthday, an important Sikh holiday celebrating the founder of Sikhism.
November 11: Veterans Day, honoring military veterans.
November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, memorializing those killed due to anti-transgender prejudice.
November 24: Thanksgiving, commemorating the Pilgrims' harvest feast, and sometimes marked as a day of mourning to recognize the decimation of the Native Americans by the colonists.
November 25: Native American Heritage Day, observed on the day after Thanksgiving to honor Native American culture and history.
November 25-26: Day of the Covenant, a Baha'i holiday celebrating the appointment of Abdúl-Baha as the faith's successor.
November 28-29: Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha, a Baha'i holiday.
December is Universal Human Rights Month.
December 1: World AIDS Day, encouraging activism and education on HIV and AIDS.
December 3: International Day for People with Disabilities, planned to raise awareness of the issues people with disabilities face.
December 6: St. Nicholas' Day, the saint's day for the inspiration for modern-day Santa Claus celebrated in western Christian countries.
December 10: International Human Rights Day, started by the UN in 1948 upon the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
December 16-24: Las Posadas, a religious festival celebrated in Mexico and other parts of Latin America that commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem before Jesus's birth.
December 18-26: Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights that celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over King Antiochus.
December 21: Yule Winter Solstice, a pagan celebration of the first day of winter.
December 24: Christmas Eve, celebrating Mary and Joseph's arrival in Bethlehem for Jesus's birth.
December 25: Christmas, a western Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus.
December 26: Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of African-American culture and life originally founded in 1966.
December 31: New Year's Eve, the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar and celebrated as the passing of one year and the beginning of another.
Women’s History Month is celebrated every year during March to recognize the contributions and achievements women have made over the course of history. While women should be celebrated 365 days of the year, what better time to celebrate the outstanding women at your company than now?
We asked some of our partner companies about what they’re doing to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day and, from bias workshops to WHM trivia, their answers didn’t disappoint! Keep reading for 40 fun and engaging ways to celebrate women this month at work.
PayPal– challenging women to cultivate their wolfpack
“In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, PayPal’s Unity Employee Resource Group is welcoming employees around the world to recognize the power of community for women—including how to cultivate, strengthen and advocate for it, all while lifting up its members. To create a sense of shared purpose, focus on wellness and support the growth of sustainable, resilient communities, Unity has planned:
·A LinkedIn campaign for International Women’s Day on March 8, challenging women and allies to help #BreaktheBias and driving donations to the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
·Welcoming special keynote speaker and soccer legend Abby Wambach for a global session on her new book, Wolfpack.
·A global session on setting boundaries and the importance of being intentional around women’s health.
·Local events emphasizing the importance of wellness, showcasing diversity across employee locations.”
Learn more about PayPal here.
Sun Life– working toward gender parity
“On International Women’s Day, Sun Life’s BrightWomen Inclusion Network is hosting a virtual event hosted by Sun Life President and CEO Kevin Strain and Linda Dougherty, EVP Corporate Strategy and Global Marketing, on the progress Sun Life has made towards gender parity goals. The event will also feature a Keynote from Amy Morin, LCSW on ‘13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do and What They Do Instead.’
Guest-speaker Natasha Bergeron from McKinsey will also provide expert analysis of McKinsey’s ‘Women in the Workplace Report’ hosted by Sun Life’s Veronique Dorval, SVP Client Experience Office.”
Learn more about Sun Life here.
uShip– providing resources on contributions women have made
“uShip celebrates and recognizes Women’s History Month by sharing and providing resources to our employees on the many past and present contributions women have made. In our semi-monthly company-wide newsletter we have a community service spotlight that recognizes women in our local city who have gone above and beyond in community service in the past year. We highlight uShip’s partnership with Power to Fly and the impact it has on our employees. We also provide details to events going on in our local community that focus on Women’s History Month and ways to support women-owned businesses."
Learn more about uShip here.
Autodesk– sponsoring a women-led conference
“The Autodesk Women’s Network will be celebrating this month with a series of events on the topic of Authentic Leadership and Personal Resilience. Autodesk is also sponsoring this year’s Girl Geek x Elevate Conference, where our Chief Security Office, Reeni Sondhi, and VP for Strategic Technologies, Susanna Holt, will be delivering a keynote address, and Technical Evangelist, Aliza Carpio will be speaking on a panel about the competitiveness of today’s talent market.”
Learn more about Autodesk here.
Soundcloud– elevating and celebrating women in music
"For Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we are focusing not only on our internal women employees but also our external Music, DEI, and Social Impact initiatives to reinforce SoundCloud’s mission of leading what’s next in music. Our theme this year is Breaking the Bias: Elevating and Celebrating Women in Music. Based on this theme, we will have a variety of activities in celebration and acknowledgement of Women’s History Month, including curated playlists, a podcast series, music panel, and workshops. We strive to elevate and empower creators and fans who identify as women by providing culturally-relevant and equitable support for under-represented creators, including roster artists where applicable."
Learn more about SoundCloud here.
Unstoppable Domains– hosting live interviews of women in tech
“As part of International Women's Day, Unstoppable Domains is launching a Women of Web3 movement to make Web3 more diverse and accessible to all.
Unstoppable Women of Web3 (UWOW3) is an action-oriented community made of over 50+ industry leaders supporting education & opportunities for girls, women, and minorities in this burgeoning industry.
This International Women’s Day, March 8th, you can catch live interviews with Tech and Web3 leaders from all over the world. These incredible women will cover topics such as how to build communities, how to learn more about Web3, developing technology on the blockchain, how to talk about complex ideas with kids, and more!”
Learn more about Unstoppable Domains here.
Equinix– raising awareness about women's equity
"Equinix plans to take full advantage of International Women’s Day, offering a full day of unique, employee-led programming open to all employees, not just women.
Led by our employee resource group, Equinix Women Leaders Network, employees from across the company will host conversations on topics around International Women’s Day’s theme, “Break the Bias” as well as panels on authenticity, risk-taking, self-compassion, and defining success.
This event is designed to bring our global organization together to celebrate women's achievements, foster growth, and raise awareness about women's equity."
Learn more about Equinix here.
Expedia Group– creating weekly WHM quizzes
“This March, our Women at Expedia Group Learning and Leading (WELL) IBG are proudly celebrating Women's History Day and Month in an array of ways. Employees can win prizes through engaging in the #breakthebias campaign or through participating in one of WELL’s weekly quizzes. WELL will also be hosting an impactful global panel event, where they will be joined by inspirational women leaders and our CEO, Peter Kern. Members will also get the opportunity to develop their own skills by signing up for transformational leadership training sessions or can build their knowledge by tuning into our PRIDE IBG’s Podcast, which WELL will be co-hosting.”
Learn more about Expedia Group here.
Relativity– playing WHM BINGO for members and allies
“Relativity’s Community Resource Group RelWoW (Women of the Workplace) has a full slate of programming for our annual Women’s History Month celebrations.
This year, we are proud to host the following events and programming:
- An Ask Me Anything panel comprised of senior women leaders of Relativity
- A BINGO card for members and allies that will be played throughout the month
- Ongoing Slack posts across multiple channels with engaging and informative Women’s History Month content
- Focused “Culture Collective” session highlighting Work Cultures across the globe which will feature the perspectives of several women Relativians
- An internal podcast episode with Relativity board members Andrea Zopp and Karen King”
Learn more about Relativity here.
CHG Healthcare– kicking off a book club
“In honor of Women’s History Month, CHG Healthcare is honoring and elevating the voices of our women in all positions throughout the company, featuring these initiatives:
- Distributing a company-wide toolkit providing resources to leaders and employees on how they can support women in the workplace and in their communities
- Premiering a “How I Lead” video celebrating the many ways women at CHG Healthcare lead
- Kicking off a How Women Rise Book Club
- Hosting a machine learning workshop during SheTech Explorer Day for high school girls interested in STEM careers”
Learn more about CHG Healthcare here.
PagerDuty– attending a concert featuring women and non-binary artists
“In honor of Women's History Month, our employee resource group, SisterDuty, in collaboration with PagerDuty.org, will be hosting various events in celebration. Externally, through a career panel and mentorship event with Quantius Education Foundation, Dutonians will share their personal experiences and inspire Canadian-based students from diverse backgrounds to launch their careers in STEEM. Internally, we will discuss gender and internal bias through internal panels, we will learn about the diverse experiences of our colleagues through employee spotlights, and we will enjoy a Sofar Sounds Concert featuring women and non binary artists.
SisterDuty creates a safe space for women, non binary folks, agender, and genderqueer employees at PagerDuty.”
Learn more about PagerDuty here.
Siemens– hosting a virtual event on unconscious bias and allyship
“Mark your calendars for the Siemens virtual event on International Women's Day, which will bring together experts and from around the world to discuss the importance of gender equity.
With an agenda covering everything from unconscious bias to allyship, this event will explore how a gender-equal world benefits everyone and why we need greater representation of female talent in technology roles to truly drive innovation.
Join all or part of these inspiring conversations as we commit to #BreaktheBias. And the conversation doesn’t end there – the Siemens Women’s Employee Resource Group is hosting several internal events throughout the month of March.”
Learn more about Siemens here.
Spectrum– inspiring women employees with a celebrated speaker
“Every time you choose to pioneer, you move the world forward,” is a message from our Women’s History Month Inclusion Talk speaker, Gaby Natale.
Gaby, the first Latina author published by HarperCollins Leadership with her book The Virtuous Circle, will keynote the discussion on being a pioneer and breaking glass ceilings. She will share her journey and what’s made her successful as a woman from Argentina to a 3 time Emmy award-winner in the US.
Gaby’s story is meant to inspire and empower our female employees who play a dynamic and integral role in our diverse workforce.”
Learn more about Spectrum here.
CDW– destigmatizing women's health
CDW coworkers across the globe celebrating 2021’s #ChooseToChallenge IWD theme
“CDW is proud to celebrate Women's History Month. Our Women’s Opportunity Network (WON) Business Resource Group will be highlighting women across the organization to recognize their contributions. To commemorate International Women’s Day, WON will be hosting their signature event entitled ‘Our Narrative: Destigmatizing Women's Health.’
Additionally, we will be featuring a Q&A with WON leaders and sharing how coworkers across the globe #BreakTheBias externally on our careers blog and @CDWCareers social media.”
Learn more about CDW here.
Splunk– featuring inspirational role models
“Splunk celebrates employees who identify as womxn+ throughout the year!
This is one of the reasons why Fortune recognizes Splunk as one of the: “Best Workplaces for Women”
Splunk has many inspirational role models, including Kristen Robinson (Chief People Officer), Claire Hockin (SVP and Chief Marketing Officer), Emily Killam (SVP, Go to Market Operations), Pamela Fusco (Chief Information Security Officer), and Kriss Deiglmeier (Chief of Social Impact).
If you would like to learn more about how womxn+ are supported and celebrated, visit our splunk.com/career page!”
Learn more about Splunk here.
Clarus Commerce– creating a YouTube playlist celebrating the Power of Womanhood
“Our DEI ERG Engagement team is celebrating Women’s History Month by hosting four, remote events in Providing Healing and Promoting Hope, this year’s designated theme:
- Stacey Abrams Ted Talk discussing perseverance
- Yoga Session hosted by one of our employees
- Women’s Trivia let’s have fun celebrating us!
- UMOM Virtual Tour, UMOM is a shelter for homelessness
We kick off the month with a YouTube playlist celebrating the Power of Womanhood, and with a Women’s History Month Miro Board, where you can share a dedication to a woman that has made an impact in your life. ”
Learn more about Clarus Commerce here.
Andela– running thought leadership campaigns showcasing women
“We are running a series of video and thought leadership campaigns showcasing the strength, intelligence, and overall contribution women make to the world. We are especially excited to share our Virtual Recruitment Event on March 9th, hosted by members of our executive leadership team who will share their insights on their careers in tech, some of their challenges, and highlight the open roles on Andela’s core team.”
Learn more about Andela here.
T. Rowe Price– offering mentorship and leadership opportunities for women
“T. Rowe Price understands the value of associates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives and is committed to increasing the representation of women in asset management. Women In Sales and Women's Stock Pitch Workshop are programs the firm launched to support women's careers in asset management and sales.
Women in Sales emphasizes mentorship and leadership opportunities to foster a more inclusive environment for women. Women’s Stock Pitch Workshop prepares female MBA students to research and pick stocks, a critical skill for internship interviews. These programs are examples of T. Rowe Price’s commitment to a more equitable future.”
Learn more about T. Rowe Price here.
Yelp– prioritizing intersectionality and tough conversations
“This year, for Women’s History Month, we’re bringing visibility to tough conversations and prioritizing intersectionality. From collaborating with employee resource groups to destigmatize postpartum depression and anxiety, to partnering with a professional development organization to provide tools for overcoming imposter syndrome. We’ll hear from queer Black women at Yelp on their personal and professional journeys. And finally, we’ll wrap up the celebration at our virtual concert with Black and women artists. Through trials comes triumph.”
Learn more about Yelp here.
Teachers Pay Teachers– hosting a networking happy hour
“To cultivate inclusivity and build for diversity, TPT has six Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), spanning across various backgrounds and identities. Our women-identifying ERG, Athena, promotes a support system that inspires fearlessness and positive change through elevating and empowering the voices of those who identify as women.
For WHM, Athena will curate various activities for employees, including a professional development Snack & Learn on “Taming Your Inner Critic,” as well as host a Networking Happy Hour with another company’s women-focused ERG. Throughout the month, Athena will conduct Women’s History Trivia, share Women-Owned Restaurants and Businesses Lists, and a Women’s History / Empowerment Playlist.”
Learn more about Teachers Pay Teachers here.
Netskope– contributing to the #BreakTheBias social campaign
“The Awesome Women of Netskope (AWON) - one of Netskope’s many Affinity Groups - is proud to be hosting a series of events in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Netskope has long been committed to fostering diversity on all levels, which brings valuable perspectives, backgrounds and talents to the company.
Netskope’s International Women’s Day virtual event welcomes a stellar lineup of speakers:
- Netskope CEO Sanjay Beri, our Chief People Officer Marilyn Miller, and Better Allies® author Karen Catlin for an interactive keynote on creating inclusive, engaging workplaces and everyday actions to Break the Bias.
- Our employees around the world will be promoting awareness and lending their voices to the #BreakTheBias social campaign.
- Netskope will be featuring a series of phenomenal women spotlights internally and through our social platforms.
- We will close out the month with an impactful panel discussion with Netskope’s CSO Team tackling topics ranging from unconscious bias to mentorship.”
Learn more about NetSkope here.
Esri– acknowledging inspiring women across the company
“We are planning an event that will resonate with women at all stages of their careers. Colleagues will present and lead various discussions and exercises around the concepts below:
- Senior and Emerging Leadership
- Balancing a Career and Motherhood
- Work-Life Balance and Self-Care
In addition, a special Teams channel will be established where employees can acknowledge women across the company who inspire them.
Our mission is to provide a forum where women feel seen and understood and offer a safe space to ask for advice from those who have been through it.”
Learn more about Esri here.
Okta– driving gender diversity and inclusion
“Our Women@Okta employee resource group is excited to celebrate Women’s History Month through professional development, advocacy, and fundraising.
To kick-off things off, we are sending employees to the CA Conference for Women, as well as encouraging colleagues to participate in the 2022 International Women’s Day #BreakTheBias campaign. Okta is also matching donations made by employees throughout the month to Techbridge Girls, Becomtech, and United Women Singapore. We’ll also be sharing information on history-making women with the company every day in March to honor these women and to inspire future women leaders in our organization!”
Learn more about Okta here.
Procore– highlighting the works of women throughout history
“This month, Procore honors Women’s History Month (WHM) and International Women’s Day (IWD) (March 8). At Procore, we understand that all women are not the same, with varied experiences related to race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, body type, economic class, etc., and that all Procorians—including allies—welcome these nuanced differences. To celebrate WHM and IWD, Procore aims to #BreakTheBias by highlighting the works of Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Yuri Kochiyama, Gloria Andzaldúa, Monica Roberts, Alice Wong, Xiye Bastida, and many more women who teach us what it means to create a better, more equitable and more inclusive tomorrow.”
Learn more about Procore here.
SeatGeek– participating in a Women's Impact basketball game
“In recognition of Women’s History Month, SeatGeek is working with BSE Global, parent company of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, on a female powerhouse night of curated content and giveaways as part of the Nets’ upcoming Women’s Impact Game on Monday, March 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Prior to the tipoff, they will host a networking reception in one of the arena’s exclusive VIP clubs featuring the women employee resource groups from both SeatGeek and BSE Global, along with local women-owned businesses, partners, and other organizations. Each attendee will receive a custom curated gift box featuring hand-selected items from women-owned businesses in New York City.
SeatGeek is also providing the business owners, partners and organizations participating in the pregame networking event with tickets to the Nets game, along with donating tickets to other local women-owned community organizations and partners.”
Learn more about SeatGeek here.
Lockheed Martin– hosting a virtual hiring event
“Women are influencing every part of the business at Lockheed Martin. Through their experiences, they bring a unique perspective that positively impacts our culture, programs, business practices and more. This month, Lockheed Martin will be hosting a virtual Women in Engineering and Technology hiring event for qualified female candidates. Internally, our Women’s Impact Network (WIN) business resource group, will be hosting professional development events, executive webcasts and workshops for employees, focused on this year’s theme of “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope”. Additionally, the 2nd Annual WIN awards will be held this month, recognizing the accomplishments of women within Lockheed Martin.”
Learn more about Lockheed Martin here.
EnerSys– providing weekly insights showcasing women in business and leadership
“During March EnerSys will take the opportunity to celebrate achievements our women are making. Throughout the month employees will participate in a variety of events.
- Our Women in Leadership BRG will host panel discussions featuring inspiring women in our company.
- A guest speaker will provide tools and motivation to take “The Ultimate Career Leap”.
- Weekly insights focused on women in leadership and women in business will be showcased, and collectively EnerSys will continue our unconscious bias conversations by participating in the global #breakthebias initiative.
Join us in celebrating the women of yesterday, the women of today and the women of tomorrow.”
Learn more about EnerSys here.
CU Direct– supporting clothing drives and taking donations for a charity
“Women in Leadership Development (WILD) ERG is celebrating Women’s History Month this March with a series of events to support our ongoing mission to enable and empower women, and expand leadership opportunities. Our guest speaker, Rachel Gauna, a writer, creative and small business owner, will address women as leaders in an advanced technological world and entrepreneurship.
WILD is also supporting Dress for Success with local clothing drives and monetary donations. A list of media content including books, music, and podcasts for women by women will be made available, as WILD honors and celebrates women and their accomplishments all month long.”
Learn more about CU Direct here.
Pluralsight– featuring women leaders in tech in a panel discussion
“Following this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Woman@Pluralsight, one of our Employee Resource Groups, will be celebrating Women’s History Month by #breakingthebias. We’ll be hosting a panel discussion featuring 4 women tech leaders at Pluralsight. During which, they’ll answer a series of questions related to bias and talk about their experience as a woman in tech. Though this event is specific to IWD. Women@Pluralsight has programming year round featuring educational resources, events, and mentorship opportunities.”
Learn more about Pluralsight here.
Aurora Solar– hosting WHM trivia and happy hour
"We are ready for Women’s History Month & have an awesome events schedule centered around learning, growth, and leadership. We’ve tapped a few of our female leaders to host an internal discussion panel about their journey into leadership, lessons learned, and how we can continue to support a future of female leaders at Aurora. Our schedule also includes trivia night, external event panels hosted by Aurorans, & happy hours.
March 3rd - WHM Trivia + Happy Hour
March 8th - Women in Leadership | Discussion Panel w/ Thusha Agampodi & Jodi Barrington
March 10th - International Women's Week - Better Together
March 24th - Planning Your Next Step In Engineering"
Learn more about Aurora Solar here.
1Password– create supportive Slack channels
“Being a woman in tech means navigating an industry that’s difficult to enter, and even more difficult to advance in. At 1Password, from Women in Tech panels to supportive Slack channels and Employee Resource Groups, we’re striving to nurture the critical roles community and mentorship play in advancing women’s careers – because we can't reach our full potential if half the voices are stifled by the biases that make these programs necessary in the first place. Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging program will feature women-led ideas, projects, and initiatives during both Women’s History Month and all year long.”
Learn more about 1Password here.
Meta– sharing stories about impact at work and beyond
“Meta is celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth and #InternationalWomensDay with our second installment of our Beyond A Moment series, centered around bringing diverse Meta voices to the forefront on topics related to their identity, their culture, and their life at large both as employees but more importantly as people. This month we are featuring our global women Metamates across our four regions, who will be sharing stories about how they create impact both at the company and beyond tech. Please join us later this month as we go live on our Facebook Meta Careers Page.”
Learn more about Meta here.
Raytheon Technologies– highlighting achievements of women employees on social media
“Our women’s employee resource group has a calendar of events open to all employees throughout the month of March. We are also highlighting the achievements of some of our female employees both internally and on our social media accounts, and encouraging managers to talk with their team about ways they can be more involved in DE&I efforts.”
Learn more about Raytheon Technologies here.
ServiceNow– hosting global volunteering opportunities for undergraduate women students
"ServiceNow is proud to celebrate International Women's Day with our employees globally and is committed to providing support for gender equity at work and in our communities.
We've worked with our Women at ServiceNow Belonging Group (ERG) to develop an International Women’s Day program that will inspire, educate, and engage employees globally including:
- Global events educating employees on how to break the bias against women
- Activating employees to have conversations about allyship and women’s equality to work towards a more inclusive world
- Global volunteer event partnering with Reboot Representation to mentor professional undergraduate women students."
Learn more about ServiceNow here.
Waters– honoring women in history
"Waters will be celebrating International Women’s Day by honoring women in history who have broken through bias and offering learning opportunities for employees. We will focus on intersectionality and inclusion, highlighting women across experience and identity. Waters will be honoring women who #BreakTheBias with virtual coffee chats, discussions about women scientists and careers of women at Waters."
Learn more about Waters here.
Skedulo– opening up dialogue around bias
“At Skedulo, International Women’s Day (IWD) means acknowledging and elevating the achievements of women at our company and opening up dialogue around unconscious biases and challenging how we can break gender bias. We embrace this year’s IWD global theme of #breakthebias with our global #breakthebias commitment challenge and panel event. At our panel event on March 8, several women leaders will speak about their successful careers in tech, how bias presents itself, and what we can do to close the gender equality gap.”
Learn more about Skedulo here.
Workiva– hosting a movie discussion
“Workiva is commemorating Women’s History Month by celebrating women leaders through a social media video vignette series: In Full Transparency: Women in Leadership. Women leaders will share their personal experiences and what Women’s History Month means to them. Throughout March we’ll highlight company-wide charitable giving opportunities that are accelerating women’s equality. Our Women in Tech Employee Resource Group will host a movie discussion and facilitate meaningful dialogue around this topic. Finally, employees all over the globe will be wearing purple on March 8 (International Women’s Day) to show support and allyship.”
Learn more about Workiva here.
Freddie Mac– hosting events focused on physical well-being
“In recognition of Women’s History Month, Freddie Mac’s WIN (Women’s Interactive Network) business resource group (BRG) will engage employees through a series of events that highlight intersectionality. WIN has partnered with other BRGs such as Rising Leaders, and Military Appreciation along with our employee assistance provider to host inclusive engagement events focused on physical well-being, professional development, diverse women in tech and growing the business.”
Learn more about Freddie Mac here.
Nike– honoring trailblazing women and allies around the world
"NIKE, Inc.’s Women of Nike Network (WON) will lead and commemorate the power of progress during Women’s History Month. The theme for 2022 is “We are the Movement” – a tribute to the trailblazing women an allies around the world – to those who influence culture, push boundaries and create a better tomorrow. Throughout the month, teammates will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programming that shines a spotlight on changemakers who inspire the world in sport and beyond. They will also explore the diverse experiences across Nike’s global WON chapters – celebrating and honoring a culture of inclusivity and solidarity that is needed to drive change and be at our strongest.
Learn more about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Nike: https://jobs.nike.com/diversity-and-inclusion."
Learn more about Nike here.
Northrop Grumman– attending ERG-hosted events
"We are proud to celebrate Women’s History Month at Northrop Grumman.
- Northrop Grumman Women's International Network (NGWIN) is hosting 17 different internal events across the company.
- Read how some of our female employees are solving the toughest problems in the industry: ngc.com/womeninstem.
- Learn more about our diverse population, like the 32% of Northrop Grumman’s Vice President and above that are female: ngc.com/womeninstem."
Learn more about Northrop Grumman here.
Cummins– spotlighting women who break barriers and bias
“Cummins Africa Middle East has traditionally observed International Women’s Day with celebration events aimed at empowering women and raising awareness about issues negatively impacting them in the workplace. From North Africa, West Africa, South and East Africa to the Middle East, patriarchal attitudes pervade communities that our employees come from. Therefore, over the past few years, the organization has fortified efforts by leveraging Women’s History Month to shine the spotlight on the achievement of our women. Their stories about breaking barriers and bias in their roles attracts and inspires more women to enter the engineering industry and improve gender representation.”
Learn more about Cummins here.
Ribbon– creating a custom Zoom background
This month Ribbon will celebrate Women's History Month by:
- Zoom background for women’s history month
- Highlight women owned businesses within Ribbon
- Panel discussion 1-2 panelists + Kendell Bonner speaker option for All Hands on Women-owned real estate businesses
- Mission moment focused on women for the month of March
- Women-owned x Snacks for NYC and a box for Charlotte and remote employees
- Eat Offbeat for March 8th on International Women’s Day (refugee and women owned small-food businesses"
Learn more about Ribbon here.