Verizon Brings Together Big Fortune 500 Companies to Launch Women’s CoLab
NEW YORK – Despite considerable progress towards greater gender equality and equity for women in the workplace, an estimated 5.4 million jobs were lost by women in 2020 amid COVID-19. To help women re-enter the workforce and achieve their career ambitions, Verizon and partners today launched Women’s CoLab, an initiative providing women with essential resources to help them succeed in an increasingly digital economy. .
“In recent years, we have celebrated many historic firsts that prove that women have a place in every room, at every table, and deserve to be seen and heard on an equal footing,” said Tami Erwin, CEO from Verizon Business. “Sadly, the momentum we have achieved as a society has all but come to a halt in the wake of the pandemic. With Women’s CoLab, we are committed to giving women the support and resources they need to achieve their career aspirations and grow professionally.
The Women’s CoLab community, led by Verizon, launches today – on International Day of the Girl – with a virtual celebratory event featuring female executives from Accenture, Disney, Bank of America, The Estée Lauder Companies, Ferrero, Mastercard, Scary Mommy and Walmart. During panels and sessions, they will share lessons learned and career perspectives that have helped them succeed. The event can be viewed free of charge from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET on the Women’s CoLab YouTube channel.
Beyond the launch event, Women’s CoLab offers a resource library and peer-to-peer support on WeAreWomensCoLab.com, available free to any user. Powered by Degreed, the site provides hyper-relevant development and training resources from industry experts such as Harvard Business, The Achieve Institute, The Female Quotient, The A Effect, Blue Circle Leadership and Scary Mommy, to help women to stay, re-enter and flourish in the labor market.
Additional content such as guest essays, live Q&A, workshops and prominent women’s career opportunities will be added regularly to cover the most pressing issues affecting women today. Women’s CoLab also focuses on building a community of women, with interactive forums allowing open conversation and support between members and participants.
Selected content topics include personal branding, networking tips and tricks, workplace wellness and privacy, how to redefine your career, and specific content for working moms.
“We need women in the workforce. We need their diverse perspectives and backgrounds, at all levels and in all industries, and we cannot seek real and lasting equality if we ask women to choose between having a career or managing their lives ”, said Manon Brouillette, chief operating officer and deputy general manager, Verizon Consumer. “A recent survey we commissioned found that nearly 60 percent of women who want to re-enter the workforce cannot afford the training to stay competitive. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that 72% of women are concerned about the difficulty of finding a job corresponding to their existing skills. This is precisely why I believe that Women’s CoLab can play an important role in helping women to progress and be successful.
For more information on Women’s CoLab, the live event or related resources, visit the new WeAreWomensCoLab.com website and join the community on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.