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AWIS announces partnership with Nokia Corporation

10. 05. 2023 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is pleased to announce that Nokia Corporation is the latest organization to join its partner program. This partnership gives Nokia employees access to AWIS member benefits, including professional development resources, networking opportunities and more.

While women are increasing overall in STEM fields, fields such as computer science (16%), engineering (21%), economics (27%) and physics (38%) are still disproportionately male . Women are half as likely to study mathematics, computer science, science, engineering and technology as men.

"We at Nokia strive for gender equality. Our goal is to give all our people a place where they can be themselves, feel valued and have an equal opportunity to grow within the company – no matter who they are or where they come from.” said Candace Owens, US Campus Manager and Talent Acquisition Partner at Nokia.

Anastasia Grilley, who leads the US division of StrongHer, Nokia's women's employee resource group that aims to enable the career and personal development of employees, shared her thoughts on the importance of the partnership: “Nokia has very strong goals for inclusion and diversity. on the square. However, I don't think every company needs to reinvent the wheel in how we deal with these challenging topics, as many of them are common and not unique to any particular group. I think we need to come together and work towards our common goal of diversity and inclusivity.”

Grilley continued, “We all need community. That's how I see these employee resource groups. I see them as a community where people can get to know each other, where people can find support, where people can address challenging topics and work together to solve them without fear of retribution. I look to these communities—like StrongHer and AWIS—in my career and my personal life. Once I find one that represents something important to me, I actively participate in its development and try to involve people who can benefit from it.”

Meredith Gibson, CEO of AWIS, said: “As part of the AWIS ecosystem, Nokia – and its employees – will have more opportunities to collaborate, innovate and grow. "The AWIS Career Center and our professional development programs help Nokia attract, retain and develop 'future' talent - critical to the success of a networking and technology leader."

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