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Insight Unites with Women In Cloud to Accelerate Workplace Diversity in Technology

By joining the #WICxFortune100 Initiative, Insight deepens its commitment to strengthening a partner network built on diversity and inclusion

TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Insight Enterprises (NASDAQ:NSIT), the global provider of Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ for organizations of all sizes, today announced a partnership with Women In Cloud, an economic development organization dedicated to advancing gender inclusion in technology, for the #WICxFortune100 Initiative.

Insight is supporting the #WICxFortune100 Initiative, a turnkey program for industry-leading corporations to create access for women in technology through representation, recruitment and relationship building. Women In Cloud is committed to developing the next generation of women entrepreneurs and leaders in the field of cloud computing and advancing the success of women in technology.

Insight has established a diverse supplier program that last year helped 185 women-owned small businesses gain exposure to Insight’s global clientele. A dedicated Diversity, Leadership and Organizational Development team is staffed full-time in the areas of sales and supplier diversity, recruitment, education and retention. The team has established robust training on allyship and eliminating unconscious bias in the workplace, provided through Insight’s Aspiring Leadership program.

Rooted in its core values of hunger, heart and harmony, Insight is promoting the equitable treatment of all teammates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or physical ability. As an industry pacesetter in advancing women in leadership, Insight now boasts 900 participants in its Women With Insight peer-network group. Women With Insight is one of eight diverse teammate resource groups led by nearly 1,300 teammates across North America for the purpose of advancing unity, professional development and mentorship across the company.

One of the most exciting aspects of working in technology is how quickly everything evolves, where new ideas become building blocks to unlock our full potential. At Insight, we are intent on redefining the future of work – not just through digital innovation but in fostering a culture of everyday respect as we empower equality, diversity of thought, and a sense of true belonging for everyone,” said Glynis Bryan, Insight chief financial officer. “We have seen drastic change in business and in the world in general recently – much of it challenging our everyday norms – which is opening doors to new ways of thinking. We’re proud to work with Women In Cloud to ensure this translates into greater opportunities to advance women in technology.”

As part of the partnership, Women In Cloud will host a series of events involving Insight leaders. The first of many was the #WICxInspire multi-day networking event in July, including speaking engagements by Amy Protexter, Insight senior vice president of marketing, and Megan Amdahl, Insight senior vice president of partner alliances. Insight also will present Dec. 10, as part of the #WICxFortune100 Lunch & Learn virtual series, an event uniting female entrepreneurs and female founders of cloud-based companies with key leaders from Insight and other cloud industry leaders. These events provide attendees with insights and information about the industry and help them to network with other women in the industry.

The addition of Insight to our partner community brings another proven leader in workplace equality to accelerate Women In Cloud’s mission of creating greater economic access for women entrepreneurs,” said Chaitra Vedullapali, co-founder, Women In Cloud. “A recent McKinsey study estimates if measures are taken now to increase access for women entrepreneurs, global GDP could improve by $13 trillion by 2030, an 11 percent increase compared to not taking any action at all. By working together with Insight and other Fortune 500 companies, we have the opportunity to influence business acceleration for generations to come.”

Insight has been recognized as a champion of diversity, equality and inclusion by being named to the 2021 Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune’s more recent Best Workplaces for Diversity list, the 2021 Forbes America’s Best Employers for Diversity, 2020 Forbes World’s Best Employers and 2020 Forbes America’s Best Employers for Veterans rankings. The company also scored 95 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index of LGBTQ workplace equity.

For more information on Insight, visit insight.com or call 800-INSIGHT.

About Insight

Today, every business is a technology business. Insight Enterprises Inc. empowers organizations of all sizes with Insight Intelligent Technology Solutions™ and services to maximize the business value of IT. As a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of Digital Innovation, Cloud + Data Center Transformation and Connected Workforce solutions and services, we help clients successfully manage their IT today while transforming for tomorrow. From IT strategy and design to implementation, management and supply chain optimization, our employees help clients innovate and elevate their operations to run business smarter. Discover more at insight.com. NSIT

About Women In Cloud

Women In Cloud is a community-led economic development organization taking action to generate $1B in net new global economic access for women entrepreneurs by 2030 through partnerships with corporations, community leaders, and policymakers. Women in Cloud is built on the following core values; Inclusion, Collective Action, and Economic Access to help contribute to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. For further information, visit womenincloud.com or contact [email protected]

Contacts

Scott Walters
Insight Enterprises

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Email: [email protected]

Ariel Kouvaras
Sloane & Co.

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New Survey by Wiley Looks at Diversity Deficit in U.S. Tech Workforce

Nearly 70% of U.S. Businesses Report a Lack of Diversity in their Tech Workforce; Same Percentage of Young Tech Employees Have Felt Uncomfortable at Work Based on Their Identity or Background

Wiley is Addressing the Diversity & Skills Gaps in Tech by Connecting High-Quality Education with High-Demand Careers

HOBOKEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–From the 2021 ASU+GSV Summit, WILEY, a global leader in research and education, today announced its Diversity in Tech: 2021 U.S. Report following a survey of more than 2,000 early career tech workers and 270 business leaders. The report verifies the pace of progress is too slow in addressing the lack of diversity in U.S. technology-focused jobs and reveals insights that underscore the challenges companies must address to build more diverse workforces. Key findings include that nearly 70% of U.S. businesses identify a lack of diversity in their workforces, while the same percentage of young tech workers feel a lack of inclusion and belonging in company culture.

“It’s estimated that U.S. companies collectively are spending more than ever before – about eight billion dollars a year – on diversity and inclusion training,” said Todd Zipper, President of Wiley Education Services. “This report proves that investment alone isn’t enough to achieve equity in the workplace. We need to take an ecosystem approach to workforce diversity: making science and math education more accessible for all learners from an early age through college, and creating more equitable on-ramps to employment through short-form skilling and ‘last-mile’ training solutions.”

The report provides some key insights and findings about the lack of diversity in workforces including:

There is immense power in educating and encouraging secondary-school students to pursue technology-focused roles.

  • According to 18–28-year-old workers currently in the technology field, the most common reason for pursuing a career in technology is encouragement to do so by their high school. Nearly five out of 10 young tech workers (47%) cited this as one of their main motivations, highlighting the necessity for schools to do more to promote tech roles to a wider range of students.
  • To land a tech job or advance in the tech sector, nearly half of women surveyed were concerned about their qualifications; 31% were concerned they are not good enough at math and science; and one-in-three women were worried that they do not have the right educational background. When comparing men and women, women are more concerned about their skillset with 48% worried about their qualifications compared with 43% of males.

Though businesses are aware of the lack of diversity in the tech sector, they are unsure how to address it.

  • Nearly nine out of 10 (89%) business leaders surveyed plan to recruit junior tech talent in 2021; of those, more than half (51%) struggle to recruit diverse entry-level technology talent.
  • 68% of businesses surveyed feel there is a lack of diversity in their tech workforce, but only half (46%) are actively trying to address the issue within technology teams. Nearly a quarter (22%) said they do not know how to address the issue. Surprisingly, nearly half (45%) of businesses have yet to invest in anti-bias training for hiring managers.

To enable a more diverse workforce, companies need to create more inclusive cultures.

  • Seven out of 10 (68%) young technology workers have felt uncomfortable in a job because of their gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background, or neurodevelopmental condition. When looking at women of color (female respondents who identify as non-white) this number increases to nearly eight out of 10 (77%).
  • Half (50%) of young tech workers said they had left, or wanted to leave, a tech or IT job because the company culture made them feel unwelcome or uncomfortable, highlighting the importance of building inclusive cultures. This number increases to nearly six out of 10 (57%) when looking at women of color.
  • A significant proportion of all surveyed (64%) said they believe people from minority backgrounds are discriminated against in the recruitment process for technology jobs. This number was relatively consistent across the different demographics.

Wiley supports thousands of higher ed institutions and employers worldwide to deliver education directly connected to career success and build a diverse and digitally savvy workforce at scale. One way Wiley does this is through innovative, last-mile training solutions like mthree that hire, train and deploy job-ready technology talent in roles with leading corporations worldwide, including more than 30 Fortune 500 companies.

“With nine million unfilled jobs currently in the U.S., the economy will continue to struggle as it experiences a labor shortage, especially if companies are ill-equipped to recruit and retain a diverse tech workforce.” said Daniele Grassi, Chief Operating Officer for mthree, a Wiley brand. “Expanding and diversifying talent pipelines will get great workers in high-demand tech jobs faster, benefitting both companies and workers.”

As part of Wiley, mthree offers solutions to build pipelines of diverse, custom-trained talent. mthree believes companies can reach new demographics and tackle biases from age to education. In 2020, of those placed with companies by mthree, 35% were female and 50% were Black, Asian, or another minority ethnicity.

Additional information

  • Link to Report: Download the full report here.
  • ASU + GSV Session: Wiley will discuss insights from the Diversity in Tech: 2021 U.S. Report virtually from the 2021 ASU + GSV Summit, please visit here for more details.

Methodology

U.S. Employee: The U.S. employee sample consisted of 2,030 respondents comprised of individuals ages 18-28. All respondents resided in the United States at the time they participated in the survey. Texas residents accounted for the largest percentage of respondents (15%), followed by New York (14%), and Florida (10%).

U.S. Employer: The U.S. employer sample consisted of 270 respondents who were serving in leadership roles within the financial services, healthcare or insurance industries at the time they completed the survey. Respondents needed to be serving in C-suite, executive level, senior management, vice president, or director positions in order to participate. All respondents resided in the United States at the time they participated in the survey. Florida residents accounted for the largest percentage of respondents (18%), followed by New York (14%), and Illinois (11%).

About Wiley

Wiley is a global leader in research and education, unlocking human potential by enabling discovery, powering education, and shaping workforces. For over 200 years, Wiley has fueled the world’s knowledge ecosystem. Today, our high-impact content, platforms, and services help researchers, learners, institutions, and corporations achieve their goals in an ever-changing world. Visit us at Wiley.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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