We are thrilled to announce that SADA was named 2019 Best Tech Workplace for Diversity at the annual Timmy Awards ceremony, presented by Tech in Motion. SADA came out on top for its region after more than 40,000 votes were tallied. The Timmy Awards recognize the top places for tech professionals to work in ten cities across North America.
“At SADA, we are in the business of change— we embrace it enthusiastically,” says Orkideh Shahidi, Director of People Operations at SADA and recent winner of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s 2019 HR Professional of the Year Award in the Large Private Company category. “Diversity and inclusion are critical components of our thriving organizational culture. It’s no secret that the tech space has been lacking in these areas, and we are striving to fill the gap. In honoring one of our core values, Be a Change Agent, we are committed to implementing strategies and practices that support an inclusive, diverse, and supportive environment for our employees. We’re going to continue to do our best to showcase how important this is and bring awareness into the workplace.”
At SADA’s 2019 All Hands event Tony Safoian, CEO and President of SADA, set a strategic focus on diversity and inclusion. This focus starts with recruitment. We began by honing in on candidates that have diverse backgrounds from both a technical and cultural lens. SADA’s diversity and inclusion initiatives in progress for 2019 include:
- Analyzing our own microaggressions by tackling unconscious bias in job descriptions with the RecruitHer tool.
- Promoting from within through professional development and mentoring.
- Sponsoring booths at Women Impact Tech and the Society of Women Engineers Conference to network with hundreds of female engineers.
- Partnering with alternative coding schools to help non-traditional engineering students become successful cloud engineers.
SADA is dedicated to developing and fostering its corporate culture to ensure our clients are engaging with the best of the best. SADA’s other recent workplace awards include:
- Los Angeles Business Journal – 2019 Best Places to Work (4x winner)
- Business Intelligence Group – 2019 Best Places to Work (3x winner)
- Inc. 2018 Top 50 Workplaces in the U.S.
“It’s powerful that the local community was able to recognize those who have implemented the initiatives and provided the resources necessary for creating diverse practices, collaborative thinking and inclusive work environments,” states Mandy Walker, Director of Marketing at Motion Recruitment, creator of Tech in Motion. “We’re grateful to be able to acknowledge the companies striving to do this through the Timmy Awards as diversity is not a trending topic – it’s a necessity for innovation.”
SADA, a Google Cloud Premier Partner and 2018 Google Cloud Global Partner of the Year, provides a range of services that transform organizations through innovative cloud-based solutions, including technology consultation and assessment, planning and implementation, customization and development, change management and managed services.