International Women’s Day: The Importance of Diversity in the IT Channel


Today is International Women’s Day, and a good time to reflect on the importance of diversity in the IT channel. A balanced workforce is better for everyone. As the organizing body for International Women’s Day shared, “A balanced world is a better world,” and companies can help forge a more gender-balanced world by celebrating women’s achievements and raising awareness against bias. The IT channel is striving to achieve this balance.

From manufacturer, to distributor, to partner and reseller, each part of the channel is striving to celebrate the role that women play in the workforce.
This week, Westcon-Comstor will celebrate International Women’s Day with pop-up events at partner sites with a focus on diversity and inclusion in the channel celebrating both men and women who contribute to the channel.

SYNNEX also has created its own network F2F, to promote diversity within its culture. The community unites women within the industry to collaborate and share to promote personal and professional growth.

At Cisco, diversity and inclusion is a core value of the organization. In addition to several ongoing events, this week they are holding the annual Women of Impact conference. The event, the theme of which is “Imagine Your Possible, will be attended by more than 15,000 Cisco employees, partners, and customers in over 100 sites across 52 countries. It also features a global broadcast from five different sites around the world that are open to the public.

Molly Sherwood, director of business development for Comstor and Sarah Marshall Nowell, distribution marketing manager for Cisco Systems talk about how they take advantage of these opportunities to network with peers and share their insights on how their organization embrace women in the IT channel in this short video. Watch it here.


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