The Capacity Global Women in Telco & Tech Awards – Stream is in it to win it! The team here is buzzing with word that we’ve been nominated in the “Best Data Centre Company” category. It really is a big deal. On a global scale, this year marks the first time that key players within the telecom and tech industry are coming together specifically to celebrate achievements in gender parity. Capacity Media has long been organizing among the industry’s most preeminent conferences around the world, so we welcome this move as it shines a light on an issue near and dear to our hearts.
You might be thinking: “Awards to celebrate gender parity – doesn’t that basically mean hiring more women?” Yes, to some extent gender parity is about creating a balanced workplace, which is happening more and more organically here. In fact, out of all new Stream Data Centers hires in the past year, 42% have been women. While that’s a nice number, fixating solely on that is not what we do. At Stream, we take a more holistic view of what gender parity means in the workplace.
In fact, according to Mary Morgan, our Vice President of Marketing, “From sales and client services to construction and security, we have women making a difference across our company.” However, our employees know that they are not just a part of a corporate image-shaping strategy. Each person is hired for their skill sets and empowered to perform at their best – always encouraged to share their fresh and innovative ideas so that, collectlively, we deliver leading-class services to our customers. “To that end, we were all happy to recently welcome Simone Walzell to our business development team.”
This message is also seconded by Katie O’Hara, our Vice President of Business Development, and Danielle Rountree, Director of Client Services. Both women share the sentiment that they are empowered as equals to their male colleagues, consistently expected to deliver their best work for the good of the company and its clients. Danielle notes, “I’ve learned the importance of sparking conversations and not being afraid to make my voice heard. It has really helped me develop my own thoughts and ideas while attaching value to them.”
In short, at Stream we are focused on making an impact in an environment where women can find a stellar blend of upward mobility and work-life balance, while the company benefits from supporting women who influence the data center landscape with their unique ideas.
We wish all the nominees luck and hope to see you in London!