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Happy International Women’s Day!

As a certified Women-Owned Business,  we thought it would only be right to celebrate International Women’s day, but why do we  celebrate it? And how can we go about doing so?

Here are four things that you could do to celebrate International Women’s Day:

Promote gender diversity at the workplace

We recognise that empowering women and creating a balanced working environment is paramount. The percentage of women in tech is currently at 16%, unlike, the 80% of women in the healthcare sector, meaning that it is critical that we increase this statistic

“The WEF found that the economic gender gap will take approximately 257 years to close, even more than the 202 years it predicted in 2018.”

Here at Xalient, we are making a conscious effort to hire more women into the technology industry. In the last year, we have more than doubled the number of women employees, both here in the UK and in the US.

At Xalient, 30% of our roles are held by women, with 60% of our Board being female – a stat we’re proud of given the average for women in leadership roles in technology currently standing at 5%

With roles across the team – from Network Engineering through to Consultancy, HR & Sales, there’s something opportunities for everyone to follow their passion.

Attend a networking event

Attending networking event is a great way to meet likeminded business professionals. Whether it is a simple breakfast club, or round table with a specific subject matter, it allows you to meet up with men and women that are experiencing the same or similar challenges or concerns as you.

Here at Xalient, as a certified, women owned business, we regularly attend networking events, particularly those around encouraging supplier diversity. Take a look at both WEConnect and MSDUK to see what networking events they have in the calendar – we look forward to seeing you there!

Watch an empowering Ted Talks

It is imperative to reflect on where we have come from. Yes, we are not yet where we want to be. But we are miles away from where we use to be.

Taking time to reflect on what we have achieved so far as women, as men and as an organisation to ensure that equality is a primary focus now, and for the future.

“No child left behind” – watching inspiring Ted Talks, like, Leymah Gbowee | Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls. Gives you the opportunity to sit back have some time to reflect, sympathise and motivate change.

Here at Xalient, we are encouraging our team to take the time on International Women’s Day to watch an empowering Ted Talk to give them the opportunity to reflect.

Celebrate women

Empower women. It is important to celebrate the work force you have. Nobody expects great gestures but simply recognising the people within your organisation with a simply thank you, goes a long way.

As the organisation grows, we are seeing more and more women enter the world of tech, which we love! And we thought it would only to right to celebrate our Xalient women.

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Mark Foulsham

Board Advisor, NED, COO/CIO, Fractional Support, Digital Leadership Coach

With a broad background as a COO/CIO/CDO, C-Suite Advisor, NED, Senior Transformation Leader and Coach, Mark tackles multiple fronts from the advantage of diverse experience in business operations, technology, procurement, delivery and risk. With a deep knowledge of business models from multiple sectors and extensive experience in fast-paced digital start-ups.

Mark’s work across extensive business types, functions and countries empowers him with experience to bear across silos. Mark has built a reputation for advocating cross-business collaboration, taking a pragmatic approach and championing transformative change.