Empowering Women in Technology at UPS
Being a woman in a technology-driven career can often mean being the only woman in the room. So, in 2019, UPS launched our Leadership Summit focused on increasing the representation and advancement of women in technology at UPS.
The goal of the event, sponsored by Chief Information and Engineering Officer Juan Perez, was to unite information technology and engineering teams in an effort to develop strategies that will help cultivate an environment where women can advance their careers. 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.
I believe we must leverage diverse perspectives by ensuring everyone’s voice is not just heard, but listened to.”
UPS Chairman and Former CEO
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.
The Summit included:
A fireside chat with UPS customers
UPS Chairman and Former CEO David Abney delivered the closing keynote and question-and-answer session in which he shared his insights on technology and innovation, along with the importance of diversity and inclusion. “I believe we must leverage diverse perspectives by ensuring everyone’s voice is not just heard, but listened to,” Abney said. “Female leaders bring the diversity of thought, experience, and talent essential to doing business in an increasingly diverse and global world.”