FBA launches Women in Fiber Committee
The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) has launched the Women in Fiber Committee to advance the role of women in the fibre broadband industry.
The launch formalises the Women in Fiber Working Group, established by FBA in 2014, as a committee, chaired by Alexa Edens, senior director of cloud service providers at KGPCo. FBA said the move to a committee means it can "devote more resources to the cause and provide more structured programs".
Under the new structure there are five subcommittees: association partnerships; events; professional development and mentorship; social media and marketing; and STEM promotion for women and girls.
Edens said: “FBA is the go-to resource for the fiber broadband industry, so what better place to launch this committee that is dedicated to promoting women in fiber. I want all FBA members, especially women, to gain confidence in knowing that the FBA has the best leadership and support in place to promote professional growth and success.
“It is exciting to kick off 2022 with the launch of the Women in Fiber Committee as we structure volunteer opportunities alongside some of the greatest leaders in our industry.”
To kick off its work, the committee is leading a quarterly webinar series, during which it will present expert advice on issues facing the industry, workplace, country and world.
The first session – titled The Road to Women in Fiber: Diversity, Mentorship & Networking – took place last week and featured former Digicel Jamaica CEO, Allison Philbert. She is a telecom leader two decades of experience advising companies on technology innovation and business transformation.
Gary Bolton, president and CEO of FBA added: “There has never been a more important time than now for women in the fiber industry.
“The Women in Fiber initiative at the Fiber Broadband Association has accelerated with a strong surge in interest and momentum. With Alexa’s leadership, we have formalised the Women in Fiber Committee to extend our support for women in our industry and provide even more opportunities to advance their careers, their businesses and our industry,” Bolton continued.
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