Over the last eight years we’ve seen our technology come to life and positively impact millions of people around the world. These millions of people represent an amazing and diverse group, coming from every corner of the globe. Many of those people are women and girls. Today, on International Day of the Girl, we celebrate the girls and women around the world, and invite all of you to join us in committing to ensure that all girls have equal access to education and fair treatment.
At Niantic, we’ve built a strong team made up of people with different backgrounds and perspectives. The women’s group at Niantic, or the “Wolfpack” as it is internally referred to, boasts a strong group of women who represent every type of function we have at Niantic. The group focuses on mentoring other women and girls, encouraging each other to work hard, inviting other Niantic allies into the group, and committing ourselves to acts of service in our local communities. This group, with the support of the entire company, strives to create an environment where Niantic women can succeed and grow.
Through the Niantic Social Impact program, we have also been able to invest some of our time, energy, and money into supporting girls organizations and programs. Most recently, we’ve volunteered our time and raised donations for La Casa de las Madres, a San Francisco based non-profit organization that offers shelter, advocacy and support services to women, teens, and children exposed to and at risk of abuse and domestic violence. We’ve also signed up with the #BuiltByGirls movement and become mentors to young women seeking to identify careers in technology.
In addition, we continue to advance our presence and support of events and organizations that seek gender equality. These places include our annual presence at the Grace Hopper Celebration and our recent partnership with She Geeks Out, which will kick off via an event at our Niantic headquarters in San Francisco.
We also continue to discover ways in which we can further diversity and inclusion, and have participated in studies like the recent Rebooting Representation study, led by McKinsey & Company and Pivotal Ventures via Melinda Gates. This report does a phenomenal job of highlighting how technology companies have the opportunity to help meet gender equality through investment, engagement, and action-driven solutions.
Today we stand united with our colleagues, our players, and our communities as we support the girls and women of the world. We invite you to join us, by helping to ensure everyone has equal access to education and fair treatment.
—Yennie Solheim, Social Impact