Being a woman in a technology-driven career can often mean being the only woman in the room. So, in 2019, UPS launched a Leadership Summit focused on increasing the representation and advancement of women in technology roles at UPS.
The goal of the event, sponsored by Chief Information and Engineering Officer Juan Perez, was to unite information technology and engineering teams to develop concrete strategies to create an environment where women can advance their careers in the field.
Two long-time UPSers – Rhonda Clark, President, Global Buildings and Systems Engineering, and Kim Felix, Vice President, IT Enterprise Technology Solutions – hosted the summit, which included workshops, breakout sessions, and a fireside chat with UPS customers. With more than 100 leaders in attendance at UPS’s Innovation Center in New Jersey, the event provided an opportunity to connect, collaborate, and champion greater diversity and inclusion.
“Providing pathways for women leaders to unleash their full potential is a key business priority. It delivers growth and opportunities for our people, our customers, our communities and our business.”- Carol B. Tomé, UPS Chief Executive Officer
The summit’s theme, “Creating the Path to Success,” encouraged participants to consider how they can use their influence to advocate the advancement of women in engineering and technology roles at UPS. The agenda included listening sessions featuring the next generation of female leaders and workshops that equipped allies with tools to better support women at UPS. Insights gathered during the summit were used to develop a roadmap to continue these efforts in 2020 and beyond.