Carmel Owens, chief executive of Athlone-based company Sidero, has been named Diversity Role Model of the Year at the Diversity in Tech Awards for 2022.
The awards, which took place at the RDS in Dublin, recognize the achievements of individuals and companies that contribute to diversity in the tech sector in Ireland.
A press release issued on behalf of the awards explained that Carmel was recognized “for her work to inspire change in all areas of the business, her diversity of thought and her passion for forging an inclusive ethos.”
“Carmel works to ensure that diversity and inclusion is an integral part of Sidero’s corporate goals, including increasing gender diversity in leadership roles, supporting an inclusive company culture, ensuring fair and impartial recruitment and the promotion of innovative thinking,” the statement read.
Monksland-based Sidero is a “software, cloud and digital transformation specialist” that was founded in Athlone in 2013 and currently employs over 200 people.
The company prides itself on being culturally diverse, with its team made up of 26 nationalities.
Carmel leads her management team which consists of a 60/40 male/female split. She shapes the company’s overall strategy, including its focus on diversity and inclusion, which has already created a positive and lasting impact on the organization.
In order to build a diverse talent pool, Carmel encourages collaboration with all levels of education in Ireland. The aim is to reduce the IT skills gap and show students that a career in technology is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background.
Earlier this year, she was chosen from a select group of Irish women business leaders who traveled to Washington DC alongside the Taoiseach and the rest of the Irish business delegation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Commenting on her award, Carmel said, “I’m honored to be named Diversity Role Model of the Year for 2022. Diversity is a key goal for us at Sidero, and I’m thrilled that our efforts have been recognized.
“As CEO, I strive to make diversity and inclusion an integral part of the decisions we make as a company – from internal culture and the hiring process to internships and celebrations.
“The culture we have operated is a testament to the dedication of the entire Sidero team and we will continue to go the extra mile to diversify our workforce. Awareness is one thing, but action is what really matters,” she said.