Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015 at Audible

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global, century-old tradition: a day heralding the achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. At Audible, 2015 was the first year we celebrated IWD, under the aegis of Women@Audible (in Newark) and in partnership with Women@Amazon and Amazon Women Engineers in Seattle and around the world. Here are some highlights of the day…

  1. Even though IWD was March 8th (a Sunday), Women@Amazon continued to celebrate on March 9th, too!
  2. Women@Audible (our chapter of Women@Amazon) filled a large conference room with men and women who care about fostering diversity in the workplace.
  3. It was unexpectedly thrilling to connect with hundreds of colleagues in 20 cities around the globe in real time, via live streaming. Hello, Cape Town! Our colleagues in Brooklyn – you can see Audible on the right “EWR 1 – John Cotton Dana.”
  4. Amazing stats and stories from panelists: Amazon’s global work force is 37% women; Amazon employees volunteering for Coder Dojo nurture programming talent in the next generation.
  5. Applause for the Women@Audible video (produced by Reshma Khan) highlighting our diverse career paths into Audible (check out the video after the jump).
  6. Kalpana Banerjee sparked global discussion offline with her three “magical” pointers for success: Ask for what you need. Prioritize ruthlessly. Use data to make your case.
  7. Time to unwind and hang out together after the panel, thanks to Kat Lambrix.
  8. Huffington Post and Diana Gabaldon retweeted @audible_com’s (and Monica Vaccari’s!) IWD-themed social content. Feeling the social media love.
  9. Event leader Erin Karcher had about 3 weeks to co-ordinate all of Audible’s IWD participation, and pulled everything together masterfully.
  10. And the 1 Inspirational Moment from International Women’s Day 2015 at Audible……[drumroll, please]….. Co-workers and friends celebrating together! (Women@Audible members r-l Kalpana, Kat, Reshma, Christina, and Erin)

Check out the diverse career paths the Women@Audible have taken: