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Avanade has pursued a deliberate and purpose-driven strategy around Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) since our founding in 2000. It started with our focus on a challenge that we face: the lack of women in the technology industry. To address that, we had to go to the root of the problem, which was attracting girls and young women to STEM, offering scholarships and creating programs.
But Inclusion & Diversity is not limited to one group of people or one challenge. Inclusion is everyone, everything, every day. It’s the rising tide that lifts all boats. If our inclusive culture doesn’t consider all races, gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, religions – all people and all phases of life – it falls short.
In 2019, Pam Maynard became not only Avanade’s first woman CEO, but the first CEO who is a woman of color. She is passionate about building on the I&D foundation Avanade had already established with a comprehensive strategy that involves every person at Avanade. In 2020, Hallam Sargeant joined Avanade as our first Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer to help accelerate this vision.
Our I&D framework is rooted in three concepts:
Inclusion: ensuring all individuals feel respected, heard, and that they can do their best work
Diversity: ensuring our workforce demographics reflect our clients and communities
Belonging: ensuring that everyone can be their authentic selves at work and that they feel welcomed and valued
To prioritize these concepts, we must invest in tangible, positive actions: create an inclusive culture, activate allyship, increase representation, accelerate development, communicate with transparency and amplify employee networks.
At Avanade, Inclusion & Diversity is part of everything we do, from the way we treat people to how we make decisions, to the solutions we take to market. We believe it’s a discipline that must be practiced with vigilance every day.
Avanade’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) make up a cornerstone of our Inclusion & Diversity strategy, offering resources and opportunities to various communities within the company.
Launched in 2014 by 13 board members, the ERG grew from the “Women’s Initiative Planning and Steering Committee.” In its early years, the Women’s ERG held numerous global membership calls to gather feedback and present on topics like mentoring, demonstrating confidence and unconscious bias. The group also hosted virtual book club discussions on “Lean In” and “Tipping Point.”
Today, the group has grown to support major global initiatives including the Pathways to Success Speakers series, International Women’s Day and Moms’ Coffee and Conversations. One new initiative for FY20 is the Local Leads, a group that advocates for the ERG at the local level. Local leads connect with the Global Board during a monthly forum to share knowledge, track events and activities and learn from each other.
“We have an opportunity to accelerate the progress of women at Avanade through workplace inclusion,” said Gina Wheel, chair of the Women’s ERG board. “In our community, we plan to continue to build internal and external connections, and to drive growth and innovation. Now is the time to continue to press for the progress of women. The decisions we make today will influence the empowerment of future generations of women at Avanade.”
The Women’s Employee Network is dedicated to accelerating the progress of women at Avanade through workplace inclusion. We inspire women and empower them through connections across the entire Avanade community to foster career growth.
Avanade has a mission to enable young people (especially young women) to achieve more through the power of our people and digital innovation.
We care about the people and places where we work and want to make a genuine human impact by inspiring the business and technology leaders of the future. We care about the future digital workforce, and in particular the diversity of that workforce. And we recognize the importance of attracting more young women to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. That’s why we created the Avanade STEM Scholarship.
Our STEM Scholarship invests in the future of young women and offers internships, mentoring and a support network to help recipients achieve their education and career growth. We have partnerships with nine prestigious universities around the world — and since the program’s launch in 2015 we have provided scholarships to 57 young women, with more scheduled for 2018/19.
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“We now have women in about 25 percent of leadership roles, but we need to continue to push on that. With the advent of mobile applications, there is a need for a more creative approach to technology that plays strongly to women who have taken a more creative career path.”
“Avanade is highly focused on innovation and being curious, and I’m happy to have built that elsewhere so I can provide Avanade clients my best work.”
“What a gift it was to be given the opportunity to stretch and develop new capabilities in my job, and what a gift it was to be part of a team that prioritized rest and gratitude once the big lift was over. These two things work hand-in-hand, allowing me to drive myself forward on a full tank, understanding that sometimes I need to pause to refill. When I look at what I’ve both accomplished and learned over the past few years at Avanade, I feel very lucky to be here.”
“My college journey may have taken a little longer than some, but I’m proud of myself for following my instincts and finding a career path that lets me be creative and solve problems, and I’m grateful that I get to do that Avanade. Needless to say, I pinch myself every morning knowing that I get to continue to develop my skills while working with an amazing group of people at the place where I genuinely wanted to be.”
“The fact that I get to work on innovative projects that really make a difference in the world. And I love Avanade’s commitment to sustainability, to the environment, and to the kind of innovation that allows clients to see technology as a competitive edge as opposed to something that they have to do.”
“One aspect of Avanade culture that keeps me here: one that I truly cherish is collaboration. At Avanade, we work in teams, with different experts. Having a collaboration culture makes it really easy to collaborate, share knowledge, help each other. There’s no judgment of asking questions about something you don’t know truthfully. It makes it very easy to work together.”
“Being able to lead and create impact at this scale is rare, and it’s what will keep me at Avanade for years to come. I always have my voice, and it gets listened to here; it gets amplified and it is valued. I have experience at top consulting, financial services, and tech institutions, and I have never experienced the level of freedom and control of my career like I have at Avanade.”