Honoring Women Through Our Attitudes and Actions

March 8, 2021 Cliff Skelton

Prior to the past two decades I’ve spent in the corporate world, I was a U.S. Navy pilot for more than 20 years. During my time in the Navy, I had the honor of serving closely with many talented women and men in all aspects of flight operations — and many of us saw or experienced first-hand the obstacles that women, especially women aviators, faced. We knew that change was needed and that it would be a long process with many challenges. In the July 1994 edition of the Navy’s Proceedings magazine, I wrote an article about those challenges and how the Navy’s leadership could address them.

While we’ve come a long way in both military and corporate diversity since 1994, driving a culture of equality is still an extremely important topic, and there is still much more we should do. Each person’s ability to succeed should be solely determined by the value they create and the contributions they make. I believe this as both the leader of a diverse, global organization and as the father of two young women.

Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, we should take a moment to reflect on the need for progress and how we, as leaders, must continue making equal opportunity available to all.  

We focus on embracing diversity at Conduent not only because it’s the right thing, but also because an inclusive culture with diversity of thought, ideas, and life and work experiences helps companies achieve greater success and deliver stronger performance.

At Conduent, “being open and inclusive” is one of our core values. We know that diverse perspectives and strengths contribute to better decisions and outcomes for our associates, clients, shareholders and communities. Across our global organization, we are dedicated to nurturing a culture of equal opportunity for associates to achieve their potential.

March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. and U.K., giving us another opportunity to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate the achievements of women. These events provide a platform for engagement and information sharing — so we can all learn from one another and engage in healthy dialogues toward further progress. Through education and leadership, we can effect change and contribute to fair and equitable environments.

At Conduent, we’re promoting that dialogue and continued engagement through a series of events, virtual panel discussions and community forums to raise awareness of diversity from multiple perspectives and encourage continuous learning.

I want to thank all of our associates at Conduent for their contributions in creating a stronger, more inclusive culture. And, on International Women’s Day, I want to extend this appreciation to all the women I’ve been fortunate to work with and learn from throughout my career.

About the Author

Cliff Skelton

Cliff Skelton, Conduent CEO: Cliff is driving Conduent’s strategy to deliver mission-critical services and solutions to global businesses and governments, creating exceptional outcomes for them and the millions of people they serve. As both CEO and a Member of the Board, he is focused on leading Conduent to growth and long-term success. Cliff has significant experience in large-scale operations and enterprise transformations, as well as deep knowledge of technology. He joined Conduent from Fiserv Corporation, where he most recently served as President of Fiserv Output Solutions, providing services for companies across multiple industries and driving both top-line and bottom-line growth.

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