Head of Women in Leadership Shivani Uberoi, shares her thoughts on the programme and our future
"We need to build our pipeline of future talented leaders and ensure we're balanced right across the organisation - including our technology areas which are more challenging, yet have the greatest opportunity for growth."
I'm lucky to work at a company like Sky, where gender balance is a key part of our business strategy. Our leaders understand the value having a balanced workforce can bring, drawing on different perspectives and ideas to ensure we serve our customers effectively. Our Women in Leadership programme was set up back in 2014 to do just this. With 40 percent of our senior leaders now women, we're going in the right direction - but we still have more to do. We need to build our pipeline of future talented leaders and ensure we're balanced right across the organisation - including our technology areas which are more challenging, yet have the greatest opportunity for growth.
My role as Head of Women in Leadership has been to design and execute the strategy to help achieve our vision. This has ranged from reviewing our processes on how to recruit talent, building a sponsorship programme to progress & retain our female leaders and working across the business to create a workplace which enables everyone to be at their best.
One of the most rewarding parts of the role is the feedback I get from women after they have been to an event. It could be the inspiration they have received from hearing someone's story, or a valuable connection they have made with a person in another part of the business, or just finding that someone who they can relate to - realising that we are all human. We have great role models all around us and we often just don't see it!
That’s why I’m really excited about two big things that are happening this week at Sky. The first is that once again, we’re supporting International Women's Day, which provides us with a moment in time to celebrate great women and also to reflect on where we are with creating gender equality, both in the workplace and in society. The second is that we’re launching our very own WomeAtSky network, which is another big step forward for us. The network provides everyone at Sky the opportunity to connect with others right across the company and extend the value that women on the leadership programme have gained deeper through the organisation. It's an avenue for real people to share real stories.
And it's not just about women. I had a lovely email from one of our male product designers asking to attend an event so he can showcase inspirational role models to his five year-old daughter. That made my day because it shows how everyone is supporting a more inclusive workplace, now and in the future. I've also had men express interest to be a part of the network because they are passionate about developing people and creating inclusivity. This is the essence of the network - it's about people. The network is open to everyone to get involved - and I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves as we launch it on a bigger scale.
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