by Kon Leong
Originally published: Janujary 23, 2017
The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question, “How can you play a role in advancing workplace equality?” is written by Lori Mitchell-Keller, global general manager for consumer industries at SAP.
I am a woman in a senior leadership position at a tech company—and I am a minority.
This isn’t an exaggeration. Women make up just 20% of leadership positions in the technology industry, which is hugely disproportionate when you consider that women make up more than half of the overall workforce.
Though many people understand the important of workplace equality, it’s often unclear how bring it about. Below are a few important steps that you, your colleagues, and your company need to keep in mind to advance this cause:
Workplace equality cannot live as an agenda item—increasing the number of women in senior roles needs to be at the top of every company’s priority action list. If you are at the top, make sure this organizational priority is never dropped. If you aren’t, find a mentor and work with them to make sure workplace equality isn’t pushed aside. SAP is one among many companies that has established internal networks for female employees. SAP has also set a 2017 goal of having 25% of its leadership positions filled by women by year-end, and I am proud to say we’re on track to meet that goal.