Women in Technology: International Women’s Day 2019

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March 8th is International Women’s Day. The central theme of this year’s campaign is “Better the balance, better the world.” I certainly support that sentiment and specifically within the technology world, have advocated the drive for gender balance and equity. It’s good for business, our industry, and the world.

At Liquid Web, we believe in the power of women in technology. Since acquiring Liquid Web in 2016, we have increased women within our employee base by 142%. We have women in leadership roles in every single function in the company, including Marketing, Sales, Finance, Engineering, and Operations. All teams and all shifts in our 24×7 organization have women staff. I am so proud of the work we’ve done and our continued commitment to gender diversity at Liquid Web.

As an entrepreneur, I’m passionate about putting together the best possible teams. I always look for the best employee for the role we are filling- without regard to gender! (Frankly, it feels silly to have to “say” that out loud.) In my experience, the women I’ve worked with in leadership roles have proven valuable to bottom-line performance. And there’s data to back up what I know from decades of personal experience—studies from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard have all concluded the same thing: teams that include women perform better than those without them. Moreover, teams with an equal gender-balance perform better than male-dominated teams. I’m proud when companies I lead are supporters of “Girls Get IT” and “Women in Tech” initiatives.

It is an honor to be an advocate for having women prominently represented in our employee base as valued leaders in our organization. I have tremendous admiration and respect for women in technology. From a purely statistical standpoint, they have overcome great odds to get here. As a technology company, Liquid Web has to work harder than most to enable women to succeed in what are typically male-dominated fields. We’ve invested in the technical capabilities of our women with Red Hat Linux and Cisco Certifications. We’ve worked to create an environment where movement between functions like support, product, marketing, and IT comes with a willingness to invest in the person and the belief they can step into new opportunities and build on their proven skill sets. We are building a culture where women can shine, grow, and succeed.

I’m deeply lucky to have spent my life surrounded by strong women. I grew up with strong women, married one, and raised one. And I am fortunate that I get to work with a bunch of amazing women. So, for me – and for Liquid Web – supporting, encouraging, and investing in women is woven into the fabric of our company.

I want young women to see technology as a career path where they can engage and succeed. I want them to know they are welcome in this field. Visibility matters. Representation matters. It is vital that we give voice to the stories of women in technology. In this spirit, I am excited to launch a series of blog posts starting next week profiling some of the incredible women that make Liquid Web thrive, celebrating them and, hopefully, inspiring more women to join our ranks.

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