The HERoes 100 Women Executives List was announced yesterday morning and I’m truly honoured to have been included alongside women doing inspiring work to make the world a more equal place. These women have made it to the top and are now helping to elevate others and change the system that makes it harder for women and minorities to thrive.
The list is one of three that make up the Women Role Model Lists – a showcase of women and ally leaders from across the world who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace.
A recent article found that Colt is leading the way in the telco sector for gender diverse leadership, and we’re proud to be a spearhead in the industry when it comes to real diversity at the top table. Still, I know there is more Colt can do to become truly diverse – driving beyond gender and including all of the minority groups, something we are steadfastly focused and actively working on.
It’s also clear that the industry needs to make great leaps in the inclusion and diversity space. Executive sponsors need to work hand in hand with our employee resource groups to drive the interventions necessary for what I call “real change”.
That’s why lists like this are so important; we need to celebrate the fantastic work of people dedicated to creating more diverse and inclusive business environments. I’m a strong believer in the idea that you can’t become what you can’t see, and it’s vital to have diverse role models and leadership that the next generation can be inspired by.
At Colt, we believe in the power of connectivity; for enterprises, societies and communities, connectivity can change the way the world works. Reading more about the incredible individuals on the Women Role Model Lists, I’m confident that by connecting with each other and coming together to drive meaningful change, we can make this world one that is inclusive of all and lifts everyone up, no matter who they are.
Keri Gilder, Chief Executive Officer, Colt Technology Services