Our Vision for a Better World

Lenovo is firmly committed to empowering women at all levels of the business.

We’ve been busy ensuring women have the support they need to become key stakeholders and decision makers in Europe Middle East and Africa and rise to senior positions.

Getting the gender balance right is still a challenge, with too few women considering a career in technology. We aim to show why technology is a great career choice for women – to attract more women to our sector and build a diverse talent pool.

Inspired by diversity and inclusion

That’s why we fully support the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and our own company-wide initiatives to help increase opportunities for women everywhere. We’re determined to keep raising awareness and deepening the understanding of diversity and inclusion-related issues right across EMEA…

A conversation for women’s empowerment

The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is a global organization for the promotion of learning, inspiration and networking among professional females.

Sponsored by Lenovo since 2006, the Women’s Forum is core to our commitment to supporting diversity around the globe.

Our gold-level Paris sponsorship is backed by silver-level support of Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society North America and Asia. More than 120 Lenovo female executives recently attended their events in Toronto and Singapore.

Lenovo is also contributing our expertise within the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering & maths) to the Women’s Forum Daring Circles. Our aim is to empower female leadership in STEM.

Women’s Forum:

14-16 November, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris

We’re passionate about highlighting how technology is a force for good – to encourage more women to consider a career in technology, and help close the gender gap. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor the 14th Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris. This year we’ll encourage participation in STEM from our dedicated Lenovo-sponsored hub, exploring the ways tech organisations can foster a diversity mindset.

If diversity is in the room, you need inclusion. Diversity needs to be listened to.”

Ilham Kadri

President & CEO of Diversey

A personal and professional challenge

Discussing how women can make a difference and truly influence business and societal outcomes, the two-day event’s prevalent topics were the need to address unconscious bias, and act to eradicate the inherent stereotyping of the kind found in schools, businesses, and governments.

The importance of building diverse and inclusive cultures was another recurring theme; one that the Lenovo delegation decided to embrace in order to challenge themselves both personally and professionally. Sharing stories of their careers so far, it was clear that Lenovo’s entire delegation had had strong, supportive role models who had encouraged them to persevere; a realisation that inspired them to try to engage with and motivate the emerging talent and diversity initiatives in their own regions.

The role of AI

Jennifer Salinas, WW ED IP Litigation at Lenovo, spoke on the panel “Total inclusion: AI, bias and human rights”, which acknowledged AI’s key role in driving out unconscious bias and highlighting our responsibility to create systems with purpose.

The Lenovo Global Diversity & Inclusion Report

Urging the audience to involve themselves in nurturing young talent and put their STEM knowledge into practice, was Laura Laltrello, VP & GM Data Center Services at Lenovo.

Her address also saw her announce the launch of an internship programme at Lenovo US and the publication of Lenovo’s first Global Diversity & Inclusion report – a further signal of Lenovo’s commitment to D&I.

Lenovo women speak out

When I joined Lenovo I co-founded “Women in Lenovo Leadership” (WILL) in order to encourage our female talent to grow their network, develop leadership skills and work better together. Key drivers of career success are coaching, mentoring and networking. We need to create an inclusive environment eliminating stereotypes and sexism, reinforcing female empowerment and building more equity. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Women’s Forum since 2006; we’re committed to encouraging diversity and closing the gender gap.

Catherine Ladousse

Executive Director of Communications EMEA and Co-founder & President of Cercle InterElles network

We talked to some of the women from the Lenovo delegation attending the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris– a team of 23 female executives and young talent. Here, they talk about the career support they’ve received, and what tech organisations could be doing to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The most valuable asset of any company is their employees – which is why enabling a truly balanced workplace is critical. Gender diversity is key to establishing that balance.

Gabriela Felicia Ion

EMEA 4P Manager Data Center Group

I think it is crucial that organizations offer equal opportunities for all. Specifically, businesses should ensure there is more visibility and acceptance of flexible working to allow women and parents to continue working at all levels.

Jo Baggerman

Platinum Partner Sales Manager UK

Diversity and inclusion are the basis of real creativity, and must remain at the center of everything we do. I am a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Always have been, always will be.

Ola Eldib

Consumer and Commercial Manager, Egypt and Levant

Diversity wins with Diversitas

Diversitas is a team of Lenovo employees representing minority communities, who are passionate about making Lenovo more inclusive. Winners in the European Diversity Awards, Diversitas supports minorities in the workplace with activities such as Lenovo Pride Day, Lenovo Diversity Month, wheelchair empathy exercises, food fairs and diversity training.

Women leading the way

We’re continuing to increase opportunities with our Women’s Leadership Development Program. Women now represent 18.2% of Lenovo executives – an increase of 30% in just four years. What’s more, women are staying at Lenovo for longer.

Supporting diversity across EMEA

Digital Women’s Day, France

Women from different backgrounds shared their thoughts and experiences on the digital economy in a series of 15-minute, TED-like talks.

Colloque InterElles event, Paris

More than 600 delegates from across the tech industry gathered at this women’s networking event to discuss why men should be included in diversity programmes – and how to increase visibility of female innovation. More than 600 people from 14 tech companies in France, including Lenovo, IBM, Intel and Orange attended.

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Women in Lenovo Leadership (WILL) EMEA

Launched on International Women’s Day 2007, WILL EMEA continues to support women’s growth and skills. It now offers a newsletter, talent pool and mentoring programmes that aim to transform working conditions and nurture female progress.

Resources

Women Innovators: A Shift in Perspective

Have you thanked a woman today? You ought to. Without them, we wouldn’t have things like beer. Central heating. Windshield wipers.

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Lenovo Again Named to 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers

This prestigious honor recognizes our efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. Marshae Mansfield, Lenovo North America Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, was also recognized as the 2018 Lenovo Working Mother of the Year.

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Talking diversity in the workplace for international women’s day with Lenovo women leaders

We’re recognizing International Women’s Day (IWD) and the progress we’re making in increasing the number of women executives across our business It aligns with the IWD theme of Press for Progress as we continue to focus on increasing our diversity and strengthening our inclusive culture.

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