New accelerator program for Avanade female workers
- Posted on January 8, 2014
This is a guest blog post written by Avanade alum, Vikki Leach.
In an effort to address gender inequality in the workplace, I want to share a brand new development program supporting our female workers to help them progress their careers at Avanade just as quickly as men. Called the Accelerator Program, this exciting, new six-month program is designed specifically for female workers at the Manager & Group Manager level within Avanade. The program is part of our evolving Diversity and Inclusion strategy and supports HR initiatives to build a more skilled, differentiated and diverse global workforce. In partnership with qualified executive coaches, the program participants will receive tutoring and a number of tools that will equip them to better navigate their career path at Avanade. It will enable female workers to address typical issues and barriers that may be in the workplace. Such barriers can include a lack of visibility, difficulties juggling work and home life, self-limiting behaviors, inflexible work practices, a lack of role models, sponsors, mentors, etc. By the end of the program, participants will be able to identify the ‘enablers and blockers’ in their environment, which may foster or hinder their future achievements. I’m pleased to say that there is a total of 40 employees globally who have been invited to take part in this exciting new program and they have a fantastic opportunity to meet other Avanade women across the globe. The Accelerator Program will help us better understand how we can build inclusive leaders for the future. It also allows us to retain our diverse talent and ensure we recognize more female workers who can serve as role models at Avanade.