Fewer women are choosing careers in technology. Oracle Women’s Leadership is committed to closing the gender gap.

July 1, 2021 | 3 minute read
Amy Luddington
Human resources communications manager at Oracle
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On June 23rd, Oracle recognized International Women in Engineering Day, a day to shine global focus on women in engineering and allied professions. Celebrations focused on encouraging more girls and women into STEAM careers. And while this day is critical for celebrating the contributions women make to the advancement of science and technology, it is only one day. What is the year-round commitment tech companies are making to the women in the workforce?

Oracle is built on the talents of all employees, and those in technical roles play a pivotal role in our success, competitive edge, and innovation. It is essential that women working in a traditionally male-dominated arena are encouraged to bring their ideas and contributions to the forefront.

“We know that technology is the only STEAM discipline where the participation of women has declined in the past 20 years and therefore women remain significantly underrepresented in the corporate pipeline,” says Mary Ellen Kassotakis, executive director of Oracle Women’s Leadership. “Ensuring that women are working and leading in technology is not just a matter of fairness and ethics, it's imperative for good business.” Oracle Women’s Leadership’s [OWL] mission is to develop, engage, and empower current and future generations of women leaders at Oracle, with a strong focus on women in technical roles.

Here are just a few ways Oracle is committed to advancing the careers of women in technical roles:

Oracle Women’s Leadership focus on women in tech

Investing in women in technical roles has been a huge focus for Oracle Women’s Leadership, a global development program with a mission to engage and empower current and future generations of women leaders at Oracle. With 120 communities around the world, OWL connects women with inspirational mentors and gives them the tools they need to grow into more senior technical engineering and leadership roles. In 2021 alone, OWL has invested in the development of great numbers of women in technical across the globe.

Women in Tech Series

OWL is committed to increasing women’s representation across all the career levels here at Oracle, and through the Women in Tech Series (WiTS), OWL supports women in technical roles on their unique career development journey. WiTS is a year-long development process, that in 2021 (so far) has engaged more than 600 across the globe. The series starts with a three-day virtual experience and follows with a year of continuous active learning. The nomination-based program aims to inspire employees to grow into more senior technical engineering and leadership roles at Oracle.

The three-day learning experience features interactive and best-in-class virtual sessions. Stimulating external and internal speakers and thought leaders bring the learning to life for attendees. Each day focuses on a theme: innovation & technology, inspiration & empowerment, and personal impact and career development.

OWL Techfest

Oracle Women’s Leadership sponsors TechFest, each year with the support of Product Development executives, Human Resources, and the Redwood Shores and New England OWLTech communities. This year more than 400 internal and external participants enjoyed an evening of informative technology demos, inspiring keynote, panel discussions featuring Oracle women leaders, and interactive mentoring sessions to help participants achieve their career goals. Presenters showed examples of Oracle technologies such as Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Food and Beverage Solutions, and Oracle Analytics. Oracle Education Foundation also highlighted apps and game designs from high school students who have participated in Oracle Education Foundation classes.

Ascend Women in Technology World Series

Oracle Women’s Leadership not only creates its own learning and development solutions and conferences for Oracle Women but also sponsors tickets for their attendance at external conferences. Earlier this month OWL sponsored 180 women globally to attend the Women in Technology Series hosted by Ascend.

The week-long festival offered an immersive, educational experience for technical women to access proven strategies and tools that support them in their mission to achieve their career goals. With more than 250 speakers and 200 sessions over the 5 days, attendees tapped into learning tracks and keynotes from the likes of Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder & CEO @ Bumble, Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Digital Officer @ IKEA Retail (Ingka Group), Serena Bellesi, Chief Data Scientist @ IBM, Lori Beer, Global Chief Information Officer @ JPMorgan Chase & Co, Anne Chow, CEO @ AT&T Business and many more.

Photography: Nick David/Getty Images

Amy Luddington

Human resources communications manager at Oracle

Amy Luddington is a human resources communications manager at Oracle, focused on HR technology and diversity and inclusion.

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