Happy International Women’s Day

Written by Dan Callahan

I'm the VP of Global Services at CGNET. I manage our Cybersecurity and Cloud Services businesses. I also provide consulting and handle a lot of project management. I wear a lot of hats. Professionally, I'm a builder of businesses. Outside of work, I'm a hobby farmer, chef, skier, dog walker, jokester, woodworker, structuralist, husband and father.

March 9, 2023

As I write this post, we are celebrating International Women’s Day (and did I mention Women’s History Month?). What memorable and valuable insights can I share today?

I can think of more insights that I will not share. Why is that?

  • Look, I am just Some Guy. What the heck do I know about what it is like being a woman in the workforce? I do not want to pretend that I have any insights here. I may as well tell you what it is like being a fish.
  • I am not a fan of virtue signaling or sanctimonious messages. Who would not be in favor of International Women’s Day? (Answer: There are groups out there that are not fans. They are wise enough to not publicize that fact.) Every organization with a communications department and social media arm is already out there proclaiming their support. That is a good thing, but I favor actions that accompany the words.

I will share this. I have worked with many women in nonprofit technology roles over the past 10+ years. I have enjoyed the experience. And I have learned from it.

What Have I Learned?

On this International Women’s Day, what have women taught me?

  • I have learned to listen. I have expanded my definition of listening to go beyond when words begin and end. What do the silences mean? When is a woman inviting me to see things from her perspective?
  • I have practiced being comfortable with silence. Maybe I am excited to share an answer (“the” answer as I see it). Are there other answers I have overlooked? Is there something I can learn here? Silence has a way of letting these alternative thoughts rise to the surface.
  • I have tried to empathize with women in their roles at technology leaders. This has been tricky. I want to treat these women as No Different From Me. But they are different. They are not me. I want to acknowledge that difference. And then work past it.

What Can I Do to Support Women?

As I said earlier, I am going to skip the greeting card pablum this International Women’s Day.

I have written before that I believe in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Why? Because I believe that a diverse workforce builds resilience into organizational culture. DEI provides room for more points of view, which sparks innovation.

On this International Women’s Day, I prefer to spend more time looking ahead than looking at how far women have come. I saw this list from a tweet earlier today and wanted to share it. These all sound like constructive steps we can take to advance the cause of International Women’s Day. (Hat tip to @ValaAfshar at Salesforce.)

  • Hire more women.
  • Promote more women.
  • Celebrate women leaders.
  • Fund women entrepreneurs.
  • Mentor more women.
  • Sponsor more women.
  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • More women speakers.
  • More women in tech.
  • More women on panels.
  • More women CEOs.
  • More women on boards.

The winning team is the one that embraces women and values their contributions. It is the team I want to be on. As the people at Euronext have said, “Equal treatment is not just the right thing to do—it is the only thing to do.”

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