Why women love working at AppNexus, a Xandr Company
AppNexus, a Xandr Company’s mission is to make advertising matter, and we believe that a more diverse workforce and global inclusive culture will help us get there. Though we have set specific goals for the demographics of our employee base, we also work to create the right conditions internally so that women and other underrepresented groups feel included and set up for success – we call this “D&I by Default.” By embedding best practices in D&I management throughout the company’s internal infrastructure, women’s advancement simply becomes our modus operandi.
AppNexus takes this commitment seriously. While we believe that it is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a safe and inclusive environment, best practices are researched, developed, and socialized by a number of executive stakeholders, including our Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Experience; our Chief People and Legal Officer; Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Operating Team; functional leaders and managers; and our dedicated D&I Steering Committee. These best practices translate into actions like pay equity analyses, mentorship programs, professional development courses, allyship trainings, and open discussion forums, as well as renowned women’s leadership events and affinity groups.
We also firmly believe that women’s advancement in tech is a long play, and, as an industry, we need to focus on the women coming up behind us. That’s why AppNexus partners with organization like Girls Who Code – who, five years ago, we lent office space to for their pilot program dedicated to teaching high school girls how to code… they’ve been sharing our office ever since! Girls need to see women in engineering, data science, and other tech and leadership roles. If we don’t attract and retain a diverse workforce, we – as a company, as an industry – will fail to achieve our full potential.
Other internal community groups and events that support our commitment to attracting, engaging and advancing women include:
The AppNexus Women's Leadership Forum - AppNexus' annual conference for current and aspiring leaders in the global digital community. In 2017, AppNexus hosted over 260 senior leaders from media and technology to tackle key issues facing women in our industry today. The focus was on actionable strategies to help guests advance their careers, impact change in their organizations, and foster future generations of diverse leaders.
The AppNexus Women's Network (AWN) - The mission of AWN is to ignite personal and professional growth through networking and educational events driven by the interests of the women at AppNexus, and to positively impact AppNexus' culture by feeding back its recommendations across the company. There are many ways for employees – both women and men – to participate in AWN. The AWN leadership team, whose executive sponsor is AppNexus’ Chief People and Legal Officer, is responsible for taking input from the AWN community, developing the group’s strategic vision, and ensuring this vision is met. Under the leadership team sits committees, which are responsible for creating and executing within a focus area of the AWN vision. And lastly, members of AWN are those who support the mission through participation in events and discussions.
The Parents Network - The Parents Network is committed to support AppNexus families by making AppNexus the best work environment for parents, families, and our global KidNexians through company-wide collaboration. The Network creates programs that engage our families with the AppNexus family, and seeks to promote a healthy and balanced work-life harmony.
Other actions we’ve taken include:
Partnering with Path Forward to offer returnships to help caregivers reenter the workforce
Partnerships with organizations including Fairygodboss, Apres, Girls Who Code, Women in Tech NY and Jopwell
Sharing feedback openly through roundtable discussions on how to make progress on our Diversity & Inclusion goals
AppNexus, a Xandr company, enables and optimizes the real-time sale and purchase of digital advertising. The company’s powerful, real-time decisioning platform supports core products that enable publishers to maximize yield; and marketers and agencies to harness data and machine learning to deliver intelligent and customized campaigns.