Avanade and Women in Cloud Announce Partnership to Promote Gender Inclusion in Technology

Top Quote Avanade and Women In Cloud (WIC), an economic development organization dedicated to advancing gender inclusion in technology, today announced their partnership to advance gender inclusion in technology through innovative networking and recruiting initiatives. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 11, 2022 - Redmond, Washington - Avanade and Women In Cloud (WIC), an economic development organization dedicated to advancing gender inclusion in technology, today announced their partnership for the #WICxFortune100 Initiative.

    Founded in 2000, Avanade is committed to furthering gender equity in the tech industry by attracting more girls and women to STEM. The #WICxFortune100 Initiative is a program for Fortune 100 corporations to come together to collectively solve gender-equity challenges. WIC is committed to developing the next generation of female entrepreneurs and cloud computing leaders who themselves will promote gender parity.

    Female leaders from Avanade have already served as business roundtable advisors for WIC’s signature networking experience WICxInspire, which includes thought-leadership power talks, business bootcamp and curated business development. Later this year, female entrepreneurs and female founders of cloud-based companies and other cloud industry leaders will have the opportunity to connect with Avanade leaders as part of the “Fortune100 Lunch and Learn Series,” which provides participants with cloud industry insights and networking opportunities.

    “I have had the honor of speaking at Women in Cloud events previously, and have always been deeply impressed by the organization’s commitment to creating change through representation, recruitment and relationship building,” said Pam Maynard, Avanade CEO. “I am thrilled to formalize our partnership so that we can help further our shared goals in deeper, more impactful ways.”

    Through the partnership, Avanade leaders will serve as advisors and speakers in the WIC community, and the two organizations will partner on networking and recruiting initiatives. Geetha Gandhi, part of Avanade’s Technology Leadership Career Path and Global Lead for the Cloud Center of Excellence will service as Avanade’s partnership sponsor.

    “Avanade has lent its voice and expertise to our organization for several years, and we are excited to strengthen the relationship,” said Chaitra Vedullapalli, President of Women In Cloud. “I know its status as a global industry leader will provide invaluable opportunities and visibility for the members of our community, and together, we will advance the ESG narrative in the tech ecosystem.”

    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.

    About Avanade
    Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital, cloud and advisory services, industry solutions and design-led experiences across the Microsoft ecosystem. Every day, our 56,000 professionals in 26 countries make a genuine human impact for our clients, their employees and their customers. We have been recognized, together with our parent Accenture, as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of the Year more than any other company. With the most Microsoft certifications (60,000+) and 18 (out of 18) Gold-level Microsoft competencies, we are uniquely positioned to help businesses grow and solve their toughest challenges. We are a people first company, committed to providing an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable being their authentic selves. As a responsible business, we are building a sustainable world and helping young people from underrepresented communities fulfill their potential. Majority owned by Accenture, Avanade was founded in 2000 by Accenture LLP and Microsoft Corporation. Learn more at www.avanade.com.

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