Gender diversity at Ciena

As part of our commitment to Ciena’s Corporate Social Responsibility we want to foster an inclusive environment that values and respects all individual’s strengths, perspectives, ideas, and ability to meet the needs of our customers globally.

Women@Ciena is the overarching initiative that encourages gender diversity. It does this by encouraging women to take the steps necessary to make the most of their careers; from onboarding new talent, coaching and mentoring to career planning, development and progression, as well as helping women reach the executive level.

Mission statement for Women@Ciena

To establish a Ciena culture that cultivates, inspires, and rewards the contribution of every individual no matter what sex, race, religion or otherwise. Through active awareness, we are creating an environment that attracts, develops, and retains more women in our workforce. Ultimately, our goal is to create an understanding about the value of each individual, to break down barriers that exist, and empower the voice and talents of women in our workforce.

Global Women’s Council

As part of Women@Ciena we have a Global Women’s Council which is comprised of women and men from across the organization – all levels, regions and disciplines – to ensure a genuine cross-section of talent and insights. The council’s aim is to grow the company’s diversity program globally, with local action in each of the regions in which we operate.

It involves the creation of smaller, regional groups to meet once a quarter as a ‘diversity team’ to share activities and develop new best practices as a grassroots program. The Global Women’s Council leaders initiate a local projects or initiatives every quarter as well as connect, communicate and participate with the other regional councils as a wider, global team.

Women@Ciena communications and research

Hosted on Ciena’s Intranet are resources for everyone to learn more about the aims of Women@Ciena and read news updates about gender diversity, recent successes and opportunities within the organization. Ciena also recently completed a Career Navigation Survey in partnership with YSC to gain a deep understanding of the drivers and barriers to success in Ciena for women (and men) which will provide relevant, practical, robust and systematic recommendations to address the successes, opportunities and risks to improve our gender balance.

Women@Ciena in action

On March 8, 2017 as the world celebrated International Women's Day with the theme "Be Bold for Change," our Women@Ciena group also celebrated bringing together women (and men) at our various offices. This was the second year we've formally celebrated the day as a global Women@Ciena team and it's getting bigger and better.

It was great to see more inclusivity with men taking part this year. In the US, there were celebrations in Hanover, New York City, Miramar, Spokane, Petaluma, San Jose, Denver, Raleigh, and Atlanta. In EMEA, London, Paris and Belfast gathered together. In CALA, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Argentina, Sao Paulo and Rio held events. In Canada, our Ottawa and Montreal offices gathered together and there were also various events in APAC, especially at our India office in Gurgaon.

All events are run by enthusiastic volunteers across the company who want to make an impact on accelerating gender parity within Ciena and beyond. Thanks to everyone taking part!

Women@Ciena in the news 

Ciena's Vello: Why Listening Is Key to Communicating
Light Reading 

A woman in a male-dominated industry: Keri Gilder, Ciena
Information Age 

Women in Comms Announces Intel, Sprint, Nokia, CommScope, Fujitsu, SAP, Ciena, AT&T & Vodafone Americas as Members Ahead of 2016 Launch
Light Reading

Quotas wrong way to boost WiC – Panel
Light Reading

Slack’s Erica Baker on hiring a head of diversity and the need for inclusion in tech
Tech Crunch