Empowering Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Industry: Insights from Chaitra Vedullapalli, Co-Founder & President of Women In Cloud
The United Nations has launched an initiative aimed at promoting gender equality and diversity in the tech industry. The initiative provides directives on how to elevate gender diversity in the tech industry, create a culture of inclusion, and promote career advancement for women in tech. Despite progress made in recent years, women are still underrepresented in the tech industry and face significant barriers to advancement, including unequal pay and promotion and hostile work environments.
According to Chaitra Vedullapalli, Co-Founder & President of Women In Cloud and CMO of Meylah, there are several strategies companies can implement to address these challenges.
“Hi, I’m Chaitra Vedullapalli. I’m the President of Women in Cloud and also CM O at Mala Corporation. Happy International Women’s Day to all of you. And today we are talking about digital equity. Yes, it is very important for ensuring that women have equal access and equity for them to contribute to the GDP.
Despite the progress that has made in the recent years, women still continue to be underrepresented in the tech ecosystem and they face significant barriers to advancement, including a lack of diversity in the companies, unequal pre and promotion, and also a hostile work environment. So to change that status quo and promote greater equality and diversity in the tech industry, there are a few things I would like all of you to think about. First, building a tech policy advocacy. We need a woman, especially a community of women, who can champion tech policies in data privacy, AI biases, broadband access, and more. There are 8,000 tech policies in play, and I want each one of you to get involved.
Second is integrating the DEI and the ESG scorecard very tightly to ensure that the executives are compensated based on the progress they are making for the diverse workforce, especially around compensation equity, providing flexible work environments and promoting women to the leadership roles.
Third is addressing harassment and discrimination. Companies should have strong policies to place and address harassment and discrimination that should take action to address those incidents that would never happen. And the last one is unlocking access. Really open up your supplier ecosystem funding and partnership with women tech founders. When you bring them into your workforce, the growth is absolutely phenomenal. So I want you to all think about digital equity with a new lens and few insights to make an impact. And thank you again for giving me an opportunity to speak here today.”
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