International Women’s Day is a global event that celebrates women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
It also calls for reflection on our progress in working towards gender equality. Since the early 1900s, women around the world have campaigned for the same rights as their male counterparts – particularly in the workplace.
Today, over a century after the first public campaign for change in the United States, there is still much to be done to make our nation’s workforce more diverse and inclusive. This is especially true in the tech industry, where women make up only 30% of the employees and 23% of leadership roles.
At WebFX, we pride ourselves on being an anomaly within our industry. Women make up 60% of the WebFX team, and hold exactly half of the leadership roles in different departments.
So in honor of International Women’s Day, we asked a few of the talented women we work with every day to share their experiences as part of the WebFX team.
Karie Shearer – COO
“Here at WebFX, we strive to create an open and positive atmosphere. We value everyone’s ideas and give each employee an equal opportunity to be heard and to lead, regardless of gender or ethnicity. As we continue to grow, we’ve made it a point to start initiatives like flexible work hours and work from home days to help employees balance work and life, especially as many of our female employees begin to have children.”
Mary Shirey – Sr. Internet Marketing Manager
“One of my favorite things about working at WebFX is the respect I receive and the way my opinions and input are valued. And it’s not just because I’m a manager – it’s how everyone is treated. We’re all encouraged to provide suggestions for how our services and processes could be improved.”
Kelly Zarcone – Sr. Interactive Manager
“In my 7 years with WebFX, I have advanced from a project manager to the manager of three unique departments all while growing my own family at home. Through the transitions at work and home, WebFX and I collaborated in setting up a flexible and unique schedule that works for me and my family. I take pride in the fact I love the company I work for while being a role model for my daughters and showing them that you can have a successful and fulfilling life, both at home and at work.”
Luisa Garcia Vega – Internet Marketing Specialist
“Not too long ago, I found myself chatting with a friend about careers, and she was asking me about my experiences after college. I mentioned I that was working at a digital marketing agency and one of the first things she asked was how difficult it was to be a woman in the tech industry. Honestly, since working at WebFX, this was the first time that this particular issue crossed my mind. I was privileged enough to answer her question by simply reassuring her that there are companies like WebFX, even in the tech industry, that value skills and abilities over gender!”
Katie Kelly – Internet Marketing Manager
“I feel lucky every day to work in a company that values hard work, creativity, solutions, and results. These qualities are not defined by gender, and there is no place that lives this philosophy more than WebFX. We’re about having a great attitude and getting stuff done. That’s where the power is. We aren’t men or women here – we’re winners!”
Anum Hashmi – Earned Media Specialist
“Before I started working at WebFX, I definitely had some concerns about how I’d fit in as an international employee. I’ve heard stories from other international friends who told me how a lot of U.S. companies don’t like hiring international employees because they anticipate unforseen problems such as communication barriers, cultural differences and complicated paperwork. But WebFX has been incredibly welcoming from the get-go and it was clear that they were committed to uniting different perspectives, cultures and backgrounds in one happily integrated workplace. Working for such a respecting and values-based company that affects real change in the community is incredible.”
Katie Goodling – Social Media Manager
“I have never been so empowered as a woman in the workplace as I have been at WebFX, and I’ve worked quite a few places. We are a close-knit family with a culture centered around supporting one another. I truly don’t think there is a better place to work for women in marketing and technology, and I am lucky to work with so many smart and passionate women and men.”
Jazmin De Jesus – Social Media Specialist
“As a young, Hispanic, woman entering the business world, I’d be lying if I said I had no fears about how I would be treated or received by different companies. WebFX completely dispelled all of my worries from the first day I entered the building. They allow me to reach my full potential and beyond by providing me with the same opportunities as each of my coworkers and enabling me to take on leadership roles, make my own decisions, and constantly grow my skills.”