Network 25 is Colt’s Women’s network, and it aims to promote diversity and gender balance at Colt while engaging with all employees to enable Colt’s women to thrive.
Created when Colt was 25 years old, it was formed because at that time only 25% of Colt was made up of women – hence the name. Three years on, women are now 30% of our workforce but we still have a way to go.
As a network, we connect all kinds of people together through events to discuss important issues, mentoring to support women’s development and partnering with schools to work on equal opportunities for girls.
Our journey so far
In need of a new way to connect with each other in our virtual world, our committee set up small group mentoring sessions via video call. With topics such as resilience, bravery, networking and cross-functional career moves, they provide not only a vital space to talk about personal development, but also a place to network with members and allies from all levels of the business across the globe.
The Girls' network
Building a connection with communities around the world and contributing positively to those we live and work in is important to Colt. The Girls’ Network is one of our UK partners and we are proud to mentor students in London to help inspire their career aspirations.
We host internal and external events both online and in person to raise awareness and discuss issues related to women. For example, we invited four fathers at Colt to share their experiences as working dads with daughters.
'I don't want to be seen as a token'
The Full Picture Podcast
In this podcast, we talk with three women of Colt, who share the experiences they've had in their careers that shaped the women they are today. Jeme, Helen and Shweta reflect on the shifting perceptions of women in the workplace, the frustrations of tokenism and the importance of taking risks.
Women@Tech is a new community committed to raising the impact of gender equality initiatives at technology industry companies in the UK. They are a collaborative community that shares best practice, innovation and insights to help its member companies achieve a more gender-equal workplace. Women@Tech has representatives from Amazon, BT, Ciena, Colt Technology Services, Expedia, Facebook, Salesforce and is growing. Find out more:
We’re always looking to discuss different topics at our events and gatherings. If you have a suggestion, want to partner with us, or want to speak at one of our events, please get in touch with us at Network25@colt.net.