Women in engineering power up innovative technology at Motorola Solutions
Embracing diversity and inclusion across Asia Pacific
Singapore – March 20, 2017 – Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) launched a series of events recently to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). In line with the company’s continued commitment to diversity of people and ideas, a discussion about inclusion, culture and leadership was held in Chicago, featuring Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown and ComEd President and CEO Anne Pramaggiore.
At the global research and development (R&D) centre in Penang which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, 40% of the employees is made up of “women in engineering”, developing next-generation devices and solutions for customers worldwide as part of the company’s “borderless” approach to technology innovation.
This includes solutions to help public safety and enterprise sectors overcome new challenges, from complex security threats to growing pressure on costs, resources and meeting greater customer expectations. Innovative technology solutions can enable organisations to work more effectively while reaching higher levels of safety and productivity.
“Diversity at all levels of our workplace is critical, helping us to see different perspectives and bring new ideas to any discussion. This definitely helps us to move towards our vision of becoming a premier design centre, in order to provide our customers with advanced communications solutions,” says Dr. Hari Narayanan, Managing Director of Penang Operations, Motorola Solutions Malaysia.
“The objective of the global Women’s Business Council at Motorola Solutions is to create an inclusive, flexible culture to connect and empower female employees to grow, maximising their results for positive impact to the business. We also work in the community to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education among female students globally,” says Claudia Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President, Devices, Motorola Solutions.
Over the past 10 years, the Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided more than $45 million in education grants through its “Innovation Generation” program, which supports STEM education-focused initiatives. Throughout 2017, Motorola Solutions’ global Women’s Business Council will continue to offer female-focused activities in the U.S., U.K., Israel, Poland, Australia and Malaysia.
In Australia for instance, the Council enjoys close ties with Females in Technology & Telecommunications, a non-profit organisation through which employees can participate in tailored mentoring and development programs, as well as regular networking events. While software coding workshops are organised in partnership with the Society of Women Engineers in Malaysia, to introduce software programming to young girls.