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.
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.
It seemed like we couldn't go a day without a new national media outlet reporting on just how hard it is to be a woman right now. NPR said it best in their package Enough Already: How The Pandemic Is Breaking Women.
After nearly a year of job losses that have disproportionately impacted women of color, compounding caregiving expectations that have fallen mostly on mothers, and extended isolation, more likely to intensify loneliness for older women, it's hard to imagine how we're going to recover from it all.
But that's exactly what UN Women is hoping to do with their International Women's Day theme this year: "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world."
That plays into the larger theme of International Women's Day, #ChooseToChallenge, celebrated around the world on March 8, 2021. IWD organizers are asking individuals and companies to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.
Inspired by these themes, we decided to ask PowerToFly partner companies how they are supporting women at work through both longer-term initiatives and March-specific programming for International Women's Day and/or Women's History Month.
Read on and get inspired!
Hosting a Leadership Day — Facebook
"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.'
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."
Launching a Gender and Finance Hub — Moody’s
"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.
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."
Spotlight Sessions, Workshops, and a Kudos Board — MongoDB
MongoDB's 2019 International Women's Day event in NYC
"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.
MongoDB is celebrating Women's History Month with a variety of events:
- Spotlight sessions with various internal MongoDB Women's Group speakers who will share their strengths and skills with other members
- A workshop session with four MongoDB women leaders titled 'Being a Woman Leader and Growing Your Career'
- A Women in Engineering panel with two external speakers, highlighting women with successful careers in engineering
- An internal kudos board where women and allies can give shoutouts to their women peers
- Global purple shirt day on International Women's Day
- A women and allies Yoga and Meditation session"
Celebrating the Year of the Woman 2.0 — Freddie Mac
"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.
- 'Get Out of Your Own Way' workshop featuring author and executive coach, Regan Walsh
- 'Women Surviving and Thriving Covid-19' roundtable with Freddie Mac leaders
- Kick-off series on refining and developing leadership skills with Jacqueline M. Baker, Principal Consultant and Founder of Scarlet Communications"
Challenging Hiring Practices — Elastic
Elastic's Singapore office celebrating the #EachForEqual theme of IWD last year
"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 our equal pay policy, these internal initiatives, and by filling several senior-level positions with top female professionals.
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."
A Day of Reflection — Chainalysis
"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!"
A Holistic Program to Educate and Engage — ServiceNow
"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.
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:
- A series of events focused on dialogue around allyship and intersectionality
- Employee voices from around the world sharing what they will personally 'choose to challenge'
- Featured article in FairyGodBoss on why ServiceNow is a top company for women
- Thought leadership content and blogs shared on our social media channels focused on amplifying ServiceNow's support for gender equity and belonging."
Investing in Talent — Datadog
Female leaders and employees at Datadog's IPO in 2019
Per Armelle de Madre, Datadog's Chief HR Officer:
"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.
At Datadog we are incredibly excited to be co-hosting an International Women's Day webinar event for both employees and external attendees featuring a panel of prominent female Sales leaders from Datadog, Microsoft and OpenView.
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 Hidden Figures, 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.
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."
Leading by Design — Deloitte
"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.
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."
Celebrating with Songs, Speakers, and Support — New Relic
"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:
- Guided meditations
- Movie nights
- Womxn's History trivia games
- Guest speaker events
- Distant disco nights featuring strong womxn songstresses
- Career development in partnership with Dress For Success
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."
Global, Local, and Inclusive — Smartsheet
"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.
Our Women's History Month and International Women's Day celebrations will be global with local tailoring:
- Sharing: Creating a montage of responses from employees on "women who inspire"
- Creating community via creating groups of women and gender minorities (3-5 people) to build bridges and support
- Creating opportunity for our employees to share an area of expertise via a TED-style internal talk
- Bringing in external perspectives: Hosting speakers on gender-equality topics
- Local (Australia): Panel of women (internal and external) across levels and experiences to share their journey"
Pushing Toward Equal Representation — Relativity
From Relativity's International Women's Day celebrations in 2020
From Relativity's CHRO, Beth Clutterbuck:
"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."
From Relativity's Tricia Johnson, Program Manager, Field Marketing:
"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:
- An internal panel highlighting diverse career paths within Relativity
- An external recruiting panel on mentorship
- Multiple channels to discuss what International Women's Day 'Choose to Challenge' means to individuals
- A book club featuring a book by Samantha Kirby
- A blog highlighting key milestones for women in the legal industry
- A BadAss Women of History virtual tour"
Developing Early- and Middle-Career Women — CSL Behring
"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.
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:
- 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.
- Video of leaders sharing messages on the advancement of women and recognizing IWD.
- 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."
Launching an ERG for Women’s Success — OfferUp
"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.
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:
- 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
- A launch event for the Women in Tech employee resource group
- Weekly education on prominent women in history in our all-company newsletter
- Women in History themed all-company trivia competition"
Looking at a Post-COVID World for Women — Raytheon Intelligence & Space
"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.
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."
Listening to Women's Stories — CallRail
"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.
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."
RiseUp and Mentor — Dassault Systemes
"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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In our EURONORTH Geo, a Diversity Week is being held and will include Unconscious Bias training."
Hosting Employee Panels and Breakout Groups — VTS
"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!
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."
Cheersing to Women’s Success at Afternoon Tea — dv01
"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.
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."
"Following the Sun” with Events Around the World — Ciena
"Women@Ciena 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!
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.
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.
The day will close with an all-star Ciena panel with members from our Leadership team, highlighting the importance of allyship."
Celebrating a Culture Where Everyone Can Thrive — Autodesk
"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"
Honest Discussions on Supporting Women — LogMeIn
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 here."
Coaching Circles and Leadership Forums — NBA
"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.
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."
Leading by Example — Bumble
"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.
Bumble is excited to celebrate Women's History Month this year through the following lineup of programming for our global team:
- International Women's Day Kickoff: Team members will be invited to participate in their #ChooseToChallenge social campaign by sharing their commitment to gender equality throughout their social channels.
- 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."
Building a “Foundation for Progress” — Procore
"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.
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. Read more about the impact of Procore's Women in Construction efforts."
Leveling Up Skillsets — uShip
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."
Sourcing Talent from Within — Primer
"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.
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."
Intersectional Empowerment — S&P Global
"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."
Video to include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmJgm4AxmeA
Honoring a History of Women — T. Rowe Price
These pioneers brought invaluable skill sets and unwavering commitment to the firm.
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.
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.
We pay homage to our history as we honor women at the firm today."
Intentional Hiring & Promotion in Leadership — VideoAmp
"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.
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!
- 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."