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Survey Asks Women Of The Channel What’s Changed Since The #MeToo Movement

CRNtv chats with attendees at the Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East about how their organizations promote diversity following last year’s Me Too movement.

One year later and less than half of women in the channel say the workplace has changed for the better since the Me Too movement began in 2017. That’s according to new research by The Channel Company, surveying attendees at the Women of the Channel Leadership Summit East in Manhattan.

According to the research, 39 percent of women said men have a better understanding on how to treat them, while 29 percent said there have been more programs dedicated to their advancement. Plus, many said the gender gap still exists: Seventy-six percent said they felt the gap in career advancement, 66 percent felt discriminated against in the number of opportunities offered to them, and 88 percent said they felt they weren’t paid as much as their male counterparts.

[Related: Businesses Are Facing A ‘Millennial Challenge,’ Survey Finds]

So, what are some companies doing right? Here’s a look at three perspectives:

“We won for Top Workplaces of the Year. We won for both diversity and family. We are very, very big into family. We have people coming from other VARs to our company because we are very family-driven. We give you the time off to be with the family. We want good work/life balance,” said Tammy Cooper, vice president of human resources at Technologent, a global provider of IT, data, cloud and security services based in California.

“At Zift, we have a Lean In program,” explained Laurie Balcerak, strategic account director at Zift Solutions, a provider of Channel-as-a-Service based in North Carolina. “We get the women together in a very consistent basis to talk about challenges that they’re facing either inside or outside the workplace: How do we work better? How do we communicate more effectively?”

“We are doing a lot of work in that area from training our leaders to unconscious biases, so that they are aware when they are hiring new people or training new people,” said Mary Ann Yule, president and CEO of HP Canada. “At HP, talent is the only criteria.”

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