If you know me, you know that I’m fond of diversity and that I’m not afraid to point out a lack of gender equality when I see it. For example, I recently enjoyed the Meta-Themes from the Web 2.0 Expo Floor in San Francisco but only counted one woman in a sea of (excellent) male keynotes (thank you Mitchell Baker). Likewise, representation of women, especially in senior-executive-level positions at SAP — well, it could be better.
I acknowledge that inequities in diversity are not always easy to explain or address. I know for a fact how hard the Web 2.0 Expo organizers worked, for example, to attract a better representation of women at the conference. Likewise, senior leaders at SAP have expressed that they would gladly promote qualified women if they could find them. To this, I reply that I’ve been impressed at the high visibility of our friends such as Google, Microsoft, Sun, and many others at tech events such as the Grace Hopper Celebration, yet discouraged at the relative absence of SAP’s visibility.
Which is why I’m particularly pleased to announce that this year, SAP is putting its money where my mouth is. SAP is a new sponsor of the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), which supports the promotion of women in the fields of science and technology. As part of this, Rami Branitzky, our managing director, has invited us to lunch.
That’s right: Rami is offering winning bidders a chance for a two-hour executive lunch with him, and the winners will be announced during the ABI’s Women of Vision Awards banquet coming up this week on May 8th. You don’t need to be present to win — but bidding ends soon.
It’s important enough to Rami and it’s important to SAP. So now it’s time for ME to put my money where my mouth is. I’ve placed the first bid on Rami, and although I would look forward to the opportunity to dine with him, I challenge YOU to unseat my bid, so we can help further the cause of diversity in technology and diversity in general — ultimately to the benefit of us all. Time is running out! Bidding ends on May 8th.
I look forward to your counterbid — so bid now!