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Charmy_Ruparel | 04 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

For the fourth consecutive year, Symantec sponsored and partnered in the Dare2BDigital conference as a part of its Corporate Responsibility and Diversity initiative. The objective of the event was to provide 7th-10th graders an opportunity to discover the creative and exciting careers that await them in computer science and engineering.


At this year's conference, 200 teenaged girls explored careers in science and technology at this unique collaboration between technology companies, educators, parents and community organizations. The conference met its objective, as the survey results revealed that 99 percent of young women attendees felt that the conference maintained (17 percent) or increased (82 percent) their interest in fields that use...

Cecily Joseph | 06 Mar 2014 | 0 comments

International Women’s Day, which is observed this Saturday, March 8, has been celebrated in the United States since 1909. Since that time, women have continually broken new ground in the technology fields – from Elsie Eaves becoming the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1927, to Stephanie Kwolek inventing Kevlar® in 1965, to Susan Hockfield becoming the first female president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

The celebration of International Women’s Day serves as a reminder that we must continuously strive towards full gender equity, particularly in the technology fields.

We are proud of...

Roxane Divol | 03 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

As Symantec continues to pursue our vision and looks to lead the way in developing technology for tomorrow, expanding the pool of talent and insuring diversity of perspective is critical to our success. Today, I’m honored to announce that I will serve as champion of Symantec’s Women’s Initiative, a program focused on attracting, engaging, and developing women at Symantec so that we can be more competitive and produce superior business outcomes.

Changing the perception of women in technology

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy; yet hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs.” While this statistic is U.S.-based, the fact is around the world women are underrepresented in the field of technology. Even more concerning, the enrollment of women in the field of computer science is declining.

Computer science and...

Lenny Alugas | 20 Jan 2014 | 0 comments

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Today – January 20, 2014 – is the MLK Day of Service, a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. It’s the only US federal holiday observed as a national day of service.

Dr. Martin Luther King was also, of course, a prominent leader in the U.S. African-American civil rights movement, and originally the holiday was instituted in 1983 – after a long struggle – to commemorate his contributions to this movement.

As the executive champion for Symantec’s Black...

Gary Phillips | 10 Dec 2013 | 1 comment

By Pat Padilla and Gary Phillips, Co-Champions of SymPride.


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced yesterday that Symantec achieved a perfect score of 100 in its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year. HRC also recognized Symantec for being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” The coveted distinction acknowledges Symantec’s leadership and commitment to equality, and represents the many efforts dedicated to assuring Symantec is a great place to work.

HRC is the nation’s largest civil rights organization working for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It uses the...

Cecily Joseph | 21 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

I took on the exciting challenge of leading Symantec’s global corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability department eight years ago. Overseeing the CR efforts for a global company such as Symantec is  demanding yet very rewarding, and never more so than now. When Symantec’s CEO, Steve Bennett, introduced our new company strategy, Symantec 4.0, earlier this year, he announced a renewed commitment to CR and the desire to lead in three key areas: Our People, Your Information and The World. He reaffirmed what I’ve always believed: CR is at the heart of who we are as a company that strives to protect and manage information, working to ensure that...

Deb Dagit | 11 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Based upon the principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity, which are at the core of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the CRPD seeks "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities." The CRPD would not require any new costs or changes to existing law in order for the U.S. to comply with its provisions.

President George W. Bush's administration negotiated the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that calls for ADA-like protection for people around the world. President Obama signed the treaty in 2009.  Since then, disability advocates have encouraged Congress to ratify CRPD, a required step in the process of the U.S. being considered a supporter.

One hundred and thirty-eight countries have now ratified the treaty. Unfortunately, the United States is not among them.


Roxane Divol | 15 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Have you heard of Ada Lovelace? She is the reason we’re celebrating today. Lovelace was born in England in 1815, and her work translating and annotating an article about mathematician Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine led to the development of the first modern computers in the 1940s. On Ada Lovelace Day, people all over the world celebrate the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

This infographic, created by Symantec along with our nonprofit partner Anita Borg Institute, showcases the accomplishments of several other influential and inspiring women in STEM. It also provides a short analysis on what progress has been made and what work is still left to do for advancing the roles of women in STEM.

At Symantec, we’re dedicated to developing a diverse...

Charmy_Ruparel | 20 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

Everyone wants to know where the women are in technology and what can be done to draw them to the field. What is the magic solution? At Symantec, we’re taking on the challenge of attracting more women to technology from a variety of angles.

We start when they’re young by encouraging not only girls but all children to study STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math – in grade school and college, and to pursue STEM as a career. We believe providing STEM education to children and young adults is a business imperative in order to build a diversified and innovative workforce for the future.

Symantec puts its money where its mouth is. According to our FY13 Corporate Responsibility Report , 46 percent of our corporate giving in FY13 went toward...

Bettina Koblick | 27 Jun 2013 | 5 comments

For many of us in the United States, yesterday was an exciting step in the quest to honor equal rights for all American citizens. The US Supreme Court made two historic rulings that have strengthened the future of marriage for same-sex couples, both in California and across the US.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are foundational to how Symantec views the employee experience.  We hold ourselves accountable to making sure any employee feels safe, respected and that their voice is heard.

We were honored to be mentioned for this today, along with leading Silicon Valley peers, in an article by Wired Magazine...