#EmbraceEquity on International Women’s Day: How Collibra has worked toward closing the gender gap

Collibra Head of Equity & Impact Melissa Mavlanova-August smiles and claps her hands on stage

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women around the world and accelerating the march toward true equality for women everywhere. Founded in 1911, communities around the world have recognized this day for more than 100 years, yet a 2022 World Economic Forum study found we are still 132 years away from closing the gender global gap. 

#EmbraceEquity to close the gender gap

The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is #EmbraceEquity. Foundational to this theme is the understanding that equity and equality are not the same. Equality means that everyone is given the same resources and is treated the same. Equity recognizes that different people face different circumstances and allocates resources based on needs, ensuring that everyone has equal access and opportunity. 

While a high-minded ideal, achieving equality will not close the gender gap. Only by working toward equity will we create a world in which women have truly equal opportunities to thrive. 

Embracing our ability to create equity 

No one individual can fix the problem, but each of us has a part to play in championing equity within our own spheres of influence. At Collibra, we embrace our responsibility to promote equity within our organization, the data intelligence field and broader tech industry, and the communities in which we operate. 

That’s why my job title at Collibra is Head of Equity and Impact. We are focused on increasing organizational belonging and promoting equitable experiences for underrepresented groups. 

Increasing representation of women at Collibra

We are soon to launch our Annual Impact Report outlining our progress and reaffirming our commitment to creating equity for historically marginalized identities. While the report scope is broader than our progress toward equity for women at Collibra, we have focused intentionally over the past two years on improving the representation of women across the organization. 

A few of the ways we have found success are in partnering with executives like Chief Technology Officer Madalina Tanasie to spearhead change and demonstrate accountability at the senior leadership level; educating and training our Talent Acquisition team and hiring managers on inclusive job descriptions, sourcing, and interviewing practices; and consistently monitoring and reporting on our progress with leaders and employees. 

We are committed to keeping the momentum going by continuously investing in attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting women at Collibra. Women play an important role at Collibra — and in our industry, the economy, and society as a whole — and we are proud to celebrate their impact today and every day. 

We believe an inclusive culture is a winning culture.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

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We believe an inclusive culture is a winning culture.

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