#BreakTheBias With Gender Parity
Jacqui Nevils, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, L3Harris Technologies
Gender parity is good for all of humanity; diverse teams make better decisions. Throughout my journey as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, Captain and corporate professional, I have encouraged girls and women to reach beyond boundaries.
Today, as L3Harris’ Chief Information Officer, I salute the company’s commitment to gender parity and am honored to participate in International Women’s Day (IWD).
When I think about the IWD theme #BreakTheBias, corporations play a critical role. Ensuring parity in the talent acquisition and development processes ensures parity in representation at all levels. It’s important that women “see” a path and have dedicated mentors and sponsors that they identify with. We need female and male executives to sponsor equally across the sexes at all levels. I know it was the sponsorship of both senior men and women that moved the needle in my career, and that is encouraging.
Corporate America must take further concrete steps. L3Harris recently shared our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Annual Report, which illustrates our company progress.
Currently, 15 percent of L3Harris’ Board of Directors are women; 34 percent of our executives are women; and 19 percent of our leaders are women.
Ultimately, we’re striving to ensure half of our workforce is women. Our efforts are paying off - for the second year in a row, L3Harris was the only U.S.-based A&D company included in the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Yet, there’s still work to do.
This year, I’m challenging my team to say “Hashtag break the bias” out loud at the beginning of group meetings. It may bring a smile or nervous laugh, but it will also make us take a moment and think.
I’m confident L3Harris will continue to do its part to #BreakTheBias, and I’m thrilled to lend my support to IWD 2022.