As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, it’s a good time to reflect upon what we’ve done over the last year to promote gender equality in the workplace.
Last year started with a number of women engineers being proximately featured at SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2015. SOLIDWORKS’ Marie Planchard invited Roominate on stage to discuss their new line of construction toys created specifically to drive interest in STEM topics amongst young girls.
In August, we participated in the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign to show support for our female colleagues and women everywhere. Across multiple offices, our female engineers joined the movement and challenged people’s perceptions of engineers to prove that a person’s sex does not determine his or her abilities.
In December, the WIN (Women’s Initiative) program made headlines on Boston’s WCVB-Channel 5 evening news program Chronicle, in a segment titled “Tomorrow’s Female CEOs” which focuses on efforts to prepare women for business leadership roles in the Boston area. One of our biggest and most effective internal initiatives, the WIN program supports female employees at Dassault Systèmes North America by providing them with professional networking opportunities, business skills coaching, mentorship opportunities, and lectures from external experts who provide advice for personal and professional growth. Led by Debbie Dean, VP & General Counsel, the WIN program has continued to flourish and has even expanded to support the education of women in Rwanda, which raised enough funds to sponsor the full cost for nine women to attend the Nyanza Technical School. To learn more about the Women’s Initiative, read this Q&A with Debbie Dean.
In 2015, the WIN program was launched globally across all of Dassault Systèmes. At the Global WIN Summit in June, 23 passionate leaders from 10 of the company’s geographies – including CEO Bernard Charles and other members of the executive leadership team – gathered in Paris to discuss how the mission of the WIN program could be implemented worldwide. The managing directors for each region of the company selected specific actions to undertake over the course of the year that would help the advancement of women in their region, and planning for this year’s global meeting of the WIN program is already underway.
Most recently, the SOLIDWORKS WIE (Women in Engineering) program also recognizes the outstanding achievements that women are accomplishing day to day in the engineering field and community around the world. The program encourages submissions for nominations and each year, the SOLIDWORKS blog select 12 exceptional women (1 per month) who demonstrate leadership, innovative accomplishments, and outstanding contributions to the engineering field and/or community.
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, we asked our female employees across North America to take a photo with their colleagues…from Montreal to Dallas, women are vital parts of Dassault Systèmes North America, and we thank them for their ongoing contributions to our success!
At Dassault Systèmes, we strongly believe that empowered women are vital to the success of any company. We will continue to honor these values and set examples for others.