Women in Leadership Empowerment and Diversity (WLEAD) was established in 2015 with the mission to accelerate the advancement of women and increase diversity in the workplace at Alaska Communications.
Since then our mission has expanded to include all employees. Now our focus is on the professional development and advancement of our employees, creating a united and diverse workforce, and making Alaska Communications a great place to work through enhanced employee engagement. We strive to create a culture of cohesion, building relationships that remove barriers.
Every year our WLEAD committee sets forth on new goals that take us another step closer to achieving our mission. In 2021, we plan to focus on:
Improving Alaska Communications' ability to attract, develop, promote and retain talent
Developing partnerships, sponsorships, and involvement within the community
Educating youth on careers in telecom and technology
Continue training to help employees learn how to identify and counteract unconscious bias
Enhancing employee's professional growth through mentorships, providing information on career coaching, paths, and role models
Cultivating company-wide leadership competencies that reflect Alaska Communications' values.
WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED
Since our program started in 2015, we have made a difference in our workplace by accomplishing the following:
Launching our monthly Speaker Series, where our employees can connect firsthand with community thought leaders
Starting a company-wide Mentorship Program with now over 40 mentors/mentees
Hosted Unconscious Bias Training with POPE Consulting
Established Wellness Rooms throughout our work spaces to give employees an opportunity to relax, rest and decompress
Created Expectant Mother Parking Spaces to improve the safety and care of our employees
Started our Community Sponsorship Program, supporting causes related to diversity and professional development