Diversity and equality in tech is a topic that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, and it’s a cause that’s easy to get behind: practically everyone agrees that increasing diversity in the workforce is a critical and necessary endeavor. Talking the talk is easy, but actually following through and taking action on a stated commitment to diversity can be more of a challenge — especially for early-stage companies without large budgets or established employee resource groups, and who are almost always time- and resource-constrained.

At GreatHorn, we’ve made diversity a priority from the very first days of the company. We consider diversity to be one of our key competitive differentiators, and a core element of our culture. Our team overall encompasses a wide range of different age groups, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives, and nearly half (40%) of GreatHorn’s leadership team are women (as Director of Marketing, I am one of them).

We are committed to increasing diversity and encouraging equality both in our own company (for example, signing the White House’s Tech Inclusion pledge, or participating in WomenHack events), as well as industry-wide. When Distil Networks invited us to join the inaugural Women Forward In Technology program as a founding sponsor, we jumped at the chance to contribute.

The Women Forward in Technology Scholarship Program promotes diversity within the STEM workforce. The program is designed to encourage women to pursue a career in technology, minimizing the gender gap. The program awards multiple $3,000 scholarships to female graduate and undergraduate students annually, and I am proud to share that in the first year of the program, we raised enough to grant scholarships to 16 incredibly talented and ambitious women!

The next scholarship program will open on June 1, 2018 and the winners will be announced on August 30, 2018. To learn more about the program, apply for a scholarship, or make a donation, please visit: www.distilnetworks.com/women-forward-in-technology-scholarship.

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