Who are CA Technologies?
CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are CA Technologies involved in?
Through various partnerships and programs, we are building a culture of diversity and inclusion both inside and outside CA to support the advancement of women in STEM – specifically technology. Our aim is to attract and retain female talent at CA, and address the gender imbalance by building positive perceptions of women in STEM and encouraging the next generation of females to enter STEM related careers.
Thrive – CA’s global diversity and inclusion program
Thrive is CA’s global diversity and inclusion programme, and is led by employees to help build a culture that is all-inclusive across gender, ethnicity, generation, physical capabilities, or sexual preferences. As part of Thrive, we have a dedicated Gender Employee Resource Group, tasked with driving a greater level of gender balance across our European business and tackling gender stereotyping in the industry. This group provides counsel to ensure CA has policies, procedures and facilities in place to attract and retain female talent within our business.
Employee development opportunities
CA regularly runs an unconscious bias course for its employees, and all the company’s executive leadership team have completed this training, which works to encourage diverse thinking. In addition, CA provides several leadership and development courses, including mentoring, for its female employees to support their career growth.
Founder sponsor of the ‘People Like Me’ goes digital programme
In January 2017, CA became founder sponsor of the WISE ‘People Like Me’ goes digital programme’, an innovative approach to engaging girls with careers in STEM. We are currently in the process of training a group of CA STEM Ambassadors to become trainers of the programme.
Create Tomorrow – inspiring the next generation of females
Create Tomorrow is CA’s corporate social responsibility programme designed to address the STEM skills gap and gender imbalance in Europe by working with under-18s to inspire them to consider future careers in STEM. The programme’s initiatives are delivered though employee volunteers, CA STEM Ambassadors, and in the UK includes the annual “Girls Can Create Tomorrow” event, run in partnership with Learning to Work, a not for profit organisation that aims to bring the world of work alive for young people.
Championing female role models
Strong female role models are important in breaking down gender stereotypes and encouraging young females to consider future careers in STEM. We actively work with our female role models at CA to share their positive career achievements in STEM and provide women and girls with something to aim for as they work and study.
Teaching the teachers: Tackling gender stereotyping in the classroom
CA is a founder partner of STEM Alliance, which works to strengthen industry and STEM education collaboration to increase school students’ interest in STEM subjects; and supports innovation in approaches to STEM teaching. In 2017, CA supported its Massive Online Course (MOOC) themed “Opening Minds to STEM” – designed to train and empower primary and secondary school teachers in successfully introducing and attracting young people to choose STEM careers from an early age. CA provided content to support the MOOC’s gender stereotyping module, with focus on the importance of the teachers’ role in encouraging girls’ interest in STEM subjects.
Why did CA Technologies join WISE?
“Becoming a member of WISE enables us to further scale our efforts to address the gender imbalance – as well as providing enriching opportunities for our employees to get involved and encourage more women and girls to study STEM subjects and work in the technology industry.”
– Sarah Atkinson, Vice President, Communications and Executive Sponsor for Gender Diversity at CA Technologies, EMEA. Sarah is a member of the Women in Technology Council and board member at techUK.