At Macy’s Tech, we’re committed to recruiting, retaining, and advancing more women in technical roles. We’re doing this by empowering and advocating for women and girls in our local communities. We know that the number of women in technology is increasing — but we still have a lot of work to do.
In that spirit, we’re pleased to share an exciting update from our Johns Creek offices, led by our Women at Macy’s Employee Resource Group (ERG). Its eagerness and persistence to close the gender gap in technology-focused roles has led to a sponsorship of Women in Technology (WIT) in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
As a sponsor of WIT, we have the unique opportunity to participate in the WIT Job Shadow program for rising 9th – 12th graders. During the week of June 25, 10 girls from high schools across the Atlanta metropolitan area visited our Johns Creek office to shadow Macy’s colleagues. Through hands-on activities, the young women experienced the technical journey of a pair of shoes—from consideration to purchase.
Since 1992, WIT’s mission is to serve as passionate advocates for women of all ages in Georgia’s STEAM community. WIT passionately supports women at every stage of their STEAM careers – from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT does this by telling the stories of successful women and by helping more women write their own. This takes place in a wide variety of formats – from educating middle and high school girls about the opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), to providing networking and education for professionals. With more than 2,500 professionals attending programs and events, more than 500 students and more than 250 volunteers, WIT has become the largest, most active organization of its kind in the region.
Four groups of Macy’s colleagues – subject matter experts in their fields – agreed to lead the girls in the following areas: Customer & Associate Experience; BOPS (Buy Online, Pickup in Store) BOSS (Buy Online, Ship to Store); RFID (radio-frequency identification), and Loyalty.
Here’s what one student had to say about the experience:
“It was eye-opening to find that most career paths didn’t follow a straight line and refreshing to realize that we aren’t stuck with our major for the rest of our lives. The knowledge we gain in college is meant to prepare us for the job that will eventually find us, and that really took the pressure off figuring out where to start. [Job shadowing] was a clarifying experience that has encouraged me to consider a career in technology.”
Now that their time at Macy’s is over, in the coming weeks, the girls, along with others participating in the program at different companies, will deliver a final group presentation to the WIT Job Shadow program leaders. This will be a key opportunity for the girls to showcase their work from the week, while also highlighting important strategic initiatives for Macy’s.
We can’t wait to see what they accomplish!