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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just words but values that are exemplified through our culture at Cadence. In the DEI@Cadence blog series, you’ll find a community where employees share their perspectives and experiences. By providing a glimpse of their personal stories, we celebrate our One Cadence—One Team culture and the importance of sustaining it as we learn from diverse perspectives.
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences”. – Audre Lorde
What does “belonging” mean in the workplace? When do you feel that there is a community for us that celebrates different viewpoints and lived experiences? How do we ensure that programs and processes are fair and equitable? And how do we provide a space for people to share their thoughts about what DEI—diversity, equity, and inclusion—means to them? These are some of the questions that come to my mind as we close out the events where we celebrated Black History Month and look forward to those being planned for International Women’s Day.
At Cadence, differences in thoughts and backgrounds are celebrated and acted upon. Our Words Matter Initiative ensures our communications are respectful and reflect our DEI values. The Cadence Returnship Program is designed for individuals ready to get back to work after a break to parent, provide care, or serve in the military, while the College Hires and Internship Program (CHIPS) supports the development of talented interns and university graduates. Similarly, groups like our Black Inclusion Group (BIG), Latinx Inclusion Group (Cadencia), LGBTQ+ Inclusion Group, and Women at Cadence Inclusion Group (WIN) bring employees together through events that bring awareness to and tackle the challenges faced by diverse groups in technology and business.
We celebrate heritage and pride months and invite speakers from outside Cadence to share their insights on these topics. I recently had the honor of moderating several fireside conversations, including the discussion with Carin Taylor, chief diversity officer at Workday.
From the discussions that sprang from these sessions came the idea to add to the DEI conversation by adding voices from within Cadence. By featuring employee perspectives, we can tap into the varied experiences, knowledge, and insights that are available but so far unheard. These voices can lead each of us to engage with each other more deeply, amplify and support where needed, and learn from each other. After all, as American poet, Emily Dickinson wrote, “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.”
It is with this power of the word in mind that we have initiated the DEI@Cadence blog series.
The dynamic figures in different colors interacting and interlacing each other signify the diversity of the voices at Cadence as well as the importance of inclusion and equity for each of us.
Each post in this series blog will cover a range of themes—from the experiences of women in technology, CHIPS, calendar celebrations, and significant festivals across regions, among others.
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