Supporting women in their careers at Virgin Media
05 April 2013
Following International Women's Day, we met up with Kate Crittenden, Head of Commercial and Compliance, to hear about a dynamic new internal community she's helped setup to support women throughout their careers at Virgin Media.
The Glass Mirrors community uses Virgin Media's innovative internal social channels to bring women in the business together through providing a space for collaborative discussions and idea sharing. The community shines a female perspective on current news and thought leadership while offering an opportunity to share experiences too. Open to both women and men alike, Glass Mirrors is all about actively encouraging discussions from everyone working within Virgin Media.
The Glass Mirrors community was launched in January 2013 and came about as a result of identifying a desire to create an “underground swell” of excitement to encourage women's career development and ultimately, to increase the number of women leaders in Virgin Media. Glass Mirrors is a mechanism in which we can share the great initiatives already taking place in Virgin Media and through it we are aiming to empower others to lead out further initiatives across the business.
In early March, we held our first networking event as part of the International Women's Day celebrations. We had a fantastic attendance, with new connections being made through the interesting and dynamic conversations that took place over the course of the evening. Women naturally know how to collaborate with one another and there was definitely no lull in the conversation! We've already identified a real desire for similar events to be run across the country and we know that keeping it simple works best – so keep a look out on our Quad community site for details of our next get-together.
The Glass Mirrors community platform on Quad presents a great opportunity to network, share ideas and spread the word about this initiative. Everyone can contribute to the stories we share on the site, and currently we're looking for women in different areas of Virgin Media – Sales, Accessibility and Operations – to get involved through helping us create content in these areas. If you would like to contribute, please get in touch with us by emailing Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're really excited about the possibilities that Glass Mirrors presents for 2013, so if you're one of the wonderful women (or men) working for Virgin Media why not check out the Glass Mirrors (staff only) community on Tap. And if you're a reader from outside of the Virgin Media community we'd love to know about how you might be engaging women in your workplace. Share your thoughts with us by commenting below or drop us an email at email@example.com.