The trophies have been given out, toasts have been made and the canapés have been eaten. After four fantastic global events recognizing the work of organizations and individuals across the cloud industry, the Digital Revolution Awards 2023 season has come to a close.
Throughout the Digital Revolution Awards 2023 events, we saw many outstanding winners take the stage, receiving a round of applause for making a positive impact on our world through the use of cloud technology.
Now it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of those worthy victors and showcase the fantastic work that made them winners in the Digital Revolution Awards.
In this Meet the Winners blog, we’re getting to know the UK winner of our Diversity Ally of the Year award, Kim Warren.
Tech is for everyone. The opportunities offered by the cloud tech sector are vast and exciting, and the diversity of its workforce should be too.
That’s why every year we acknowledge the work of an exceptional ally that’s moving the needle on ED&I in our industry with our Diversity Ally of the Year award.
This year’s winner is someone who’s made a significant impact within just a short time in their current role.
Establishing internal networks, ED&I initiatives, and impactful policies to create more supportive, equitable spaces for LGBTQ+ employees, our 2023 champion is a role model who is truly leading from the front.
As a Managing Consultant and Diversity lead at Credera, Kim Warren’s work sees them making a difference not only within their organisation, but also in the wider business world. Through vital volunteer work and a drive to use their own experience to educate others on how they can support their LGBTQ+ colleagues at work, Kim is raising awareness and creating space for everyone to thrive.
Since joining Credera in 2018, Kim has played a pivotal role in the founding and continued success of the company’s LGBT+ network.
Kim has also led on a number of other ED&I initiatives such as establishing Credera’s Diversity function and developing its Trans Support and Transition at Work policies.
The latter is a particularly proud achievement for Kim, having themselves come out as transgender at work, and being fully appreciative of the positive impact a supportive workplace can have.
The document has since been shared with other organizations as a blueprint to help them develop their own inclusive policies.
Kim’s application to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index application last year resulted in Credera earning the Silver Award in the 2022 index.
Not content with fostering inclusion for their LGBTQ+ colleagues, Kim has also branched out into supporting other marginalized groups in the workplace, establishing two new diversity networks at Credera.
The Women in Engineering network aims to inspire women in technology and create a professional environment where they can develop their careers. The CredAbility network focuses on raising awareness of both visible and invisible disabilities and promoting ways to support and empower disabled colleagues in the workplace.
Kim’s dedication to championing inclusion doesn’t end with Credera; they have used their experience and expertise in the field to help the firm’s clients develop robust ED&I policies and drive meaningful change.
Kim was also one of the founding Directors at Trans in the City, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting trans people in the business space. Their work with the group seeks to make the corporate world more accessible to transgender people through a campaign of education and allyship. In this role, Kim has presented a host of engaging webinars discussing trans issues and showcasing how others can show their support.
A vital role model for young trans people, Kim’s success in the face of adversity and ignorance is a beacon of possibility and hope for those looking to follow a similar path.
“It’s really great to get recognized for the work I’m doing for diversity in the sector,” said Kim when we caught up with them at the awards ceremony. “I’m really chuffed to win that.”
“Any time that you get recognition as an individual or as a company, it gives lots of credibility to your voice going forwards, especially for companies. It makes it very clear for people from marginalized groups that it’s a safe space they can go to that has an inclusive environment.”
We’ll leave you with some powerful parting words from Kim’s acceptance speech:
“We can carry on talking about things or we can take action at this point. So let’s do things.”
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