*Sitecore's Desta Price co-authored this blog post. 

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, a time to reflect on the importance of equality and diversity, not only in the workplace, but in all facets of our everyday lives.

This year’s theme is #EachforEqual. And as the official IWD website points out …

“Equality is not a women's issue, it's a business issue.

Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive. 

A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious - so what's not great about that?

The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth ... so let's make it happen. Let's be #EachforEqual.”

We are proud to be part of a company that walks the walk when it comes to creating an inclusive work environment that emphasizes equality and diversity. Sitecore recently launched a refreshed set of company values – Push boundaries, Foster collaboration, Take ownership, Cultivate community, and Customers first.

Some of the supporting points from across the values include …

  • Build a culture of empathy, respect, and inclusion
  • Listen generously and embrace diverse perspectives
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Empower and enable each other for success

The Sitecore executive leadership team, which we are both part of, is always looking for new ways to ensure Sitecore is meeting, if not exceeding, expectations around equality. Not only is it simply the right thing to do, research has shown conclusively that a diverse and inclusive workforce leads to better business results.

This is what the Women of Sitecore group is all about. We’re proud to be part of this collective of contributors, developers, strategists, and leaders from across the broader Sitecore community. The network is designed to support and encourage each other while building leadership skills.

We’re also about empowering women outside of Sitecore. As an example, last year the Women of Sitecore led a drive to support Dress for Success, an international non-profit organization that helps women achieve economic independence. The organization offers a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

We also know how important it is to inspire the next generation, so both us have made it a priority to speak with today's young girls and let them know that they absolutely can be the technology and science leaders of tomorrow.

Sitecore has an incredibly talented group of women that we work alongside every day, many in leadership positions throughout the company. We want to thank all of them for their dedication, determination, and inspiration as we continue to advance the cause and make Sitecore the most successful and inclusive workplace it can be.

Paige O’Neill is Chief Marketing Officer at Sitecore. Find her on LinkedIn. Desta Price is Executive Vice President of Product Management at Sitecore. Find her on LinkedIn.