International Women’s Day 2024: Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MetricStream

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At MetricStream, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just buzzwords; they are the cornerstone of a thriving and innovative workplace. Established as core to our organizational culture, DEI principles have helped in driving innovation, empowerment, and collective growth. As we celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8, 2024, it's an opportune moment to reflect on not just the importance of recognizing and amplifying the achievements of women worldwide but also actively working towards creating a more equitable and inclusive future for all. It also calls attention to the IDW theme for this year, #InspireInclusion, which emphasizes the need to create a world where everyone, regardless of gender, is included, respected, and valued. 

As leaders in governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) software solutions for 20+ years, we recognize the invaluable contributions of women to our success. Women play a pivotal role in driving innovation and ensuring organizational success at MetricStream. We are proud that today, women make up 33% of our workforce. Globally, women make up about 28% of the tech workforce. 

In the dynamic landscape of technology, women bring different perspectives, experiences, and approaches to problem-solving, which can lead to more comprehensive and effective solutions to complex technological challenges. UN Women notes that bringing women into technology "results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality." Gender diversity fosters a more inclusive work culture where diverse voices are heard and valued. This not only enhances employee satisfaction but also promotes creativity and collaboration within teams.

Ensuring A Thriving Environment for Women in Tech

MetricStream's commitment to DEI is deeply ingrained in our organizational DNA and reflected in our women-friendly initiatives. We run programs all through the year tailored specifically for women in tech to ensure that they have the support and resources needed to succeed. 

GROW (Growing Relationship Opportunities for Women), the employee resource group focused on women, is one such initiative. As a group of women and allies for women, GROW meets once a month to support each other and learn new skills. It is a place where women (and men) can be unapologetically ambitious, expand networks, and help each other achieve goals. GROW sessions have covered various interesting topics such as Centered Leadership, Drop the Ball: Doing More of What Matters, 5 Habits to Extreme Productivity, etc. 

The MetricStream Mentorship program #YouMatter@MetricStream, designed to support and celebrate our employees and provide the opportunity to develop mentor relationships with senior-level leadership, has helped women employees to learn, grow, and foster their own personal and professional growth. It also provides a platform for senior women leaders to give back and mentor junior employees. The enthusiastic responses we've garnered from women employees across the three sessions conducted to date highlight the immense value of connecting with senior leadership—regardless of gender. These interactions have proven to be incredibly beneficial for women seeking support in both career advancement and personal development.

Our hybrid /flexible work policy is a testament to our commitment to understanding the challenges women employees may encounter, especially in unique circumstances such as upon returning from maternity leave or when required to be caregivers for family. This model not only accommodates their specific needs but also adds value by fostering a healthier work-life balance. 

Our Women's Day panel discussions, featuring accomplished women in various fields, have consistently stood out as the highlight of our International Women's Day celebrations each year. Their extraordinary personal journeys of triumph and resilience, coupled with their valuable insights into fostering inclusivity and driving positive change through policies and practices, have been truly inspiring. 

Another Women's Day initiative that has received overwhelming support from both women and men at MetricStream is the "Walk for Women," held concurrently at our numerous global locations. We also frequently extend invitations to our women employees to address events such as our Town Hall and All Hands, creating opportunities for them to share their experiences and nurture a sense of community and empowerment. 

Last but not least, supportive men are integral allies in the journey towards gender equality. At MetricStream, our male leaders, managers, and mentors have actively participated in fostering an inclusive environment and advocating equal opportunities. By championing diversity and inclusion, we collectively create a workplace where everyone can thrive.

The Path Forward

As we look to the future, MetricStream remains steadfast in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will continue to champion women in tech, expand our DEI initiatives, and strive towards creating a workplace that celebrates and empowers individuals from all backgrounds. 

At MetricStream, we are proud to stand alongside women as allies and advocates, driving positive change within our organization and beyond.


Pavithra Bopanna Head of Human Resources

Pavithra is the Head of Human Resources globally and has been with MetricStream for a combined 9 years. She is a seasoned HR and people leader with exemplary organizational and leadership skills and excels in partnering with executive leadership to drive synergies between business strategy and a long-term pragmatic, sustainable plan to attract and retain people. She is solution oriented and adept at working in a dynamic business environment and always open to new challenges. 

Her core areas of expertise include strategic HR planning, organizational design and development, organizational change management, employee engagement and culture, talent and leadership development, rewards and benefits, HR operations and compliance, performance management, staffing and retention, DEI initiatives, and people analytics. 

Pavithra started her career in banking with Citibank and has a master’s degree in English Literature from Mangalore University, India.