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Embrace Equity on International Women’s Day … and Every Day

Embrace Equity on International Women’s Day … and Every Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a day to celebrate the achievements of women everywhere, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to embrace equity. This year’s IWD theme is #EmbraceEquity. Imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination and one that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive.

Learning technology provides the opportunity to give students access based on their needs. Equal opportunities aren’t sufficient; everyone starts from a different place and has different circumstances. True inclusion and belonging recognizes equitable action. This is a key principle of our work in education. At the core, virtual and blended learning provide increased equity for students due to a variety of circumstances – for example, ensuring that students in rural districts have the same high-quality content as those in highly-funded urban districts.

Discrimination and gender bias can be one of the biggest roadblocks to successful student outcomes. That’s why we are committed to developing curriculum that is reflective of a diverse student population. Doing so is critical to effectively engaging students in their learning by ensuring they can see themselves in the content.  Additionally, we build in supports and scaffolds that make learning equitable and enable all students to be successful. 

We also work hard to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging across our teams, by tracking our workforce demographics and working toward equitable representation across Edmentum – at all levels of the organization. We’re proud to continue to provide opportunities for women to shape and lead our organization. Women comprise almost 70% of all Edmentors and 67% of promotions went to female employees in the past year (an increase of 5% from the previous year). Among senior leaders, 39% are women. This is higher than the U.S. average of 35% in top management positions but there is still work to be done, especially considering women continue to outpace men in terms of advanced degree attainment.

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Jamie Candee

Jamie joined Edmentum in 2005 and began her career with the company in Human Resources, before working her way through nearly every department within the organization—serving as Director, Sales and Service Effectiveness; Vice President, Product Development; Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing; and Chief Revenue Officer during her initial tenure. Jamie rejoined the organization in 2017, to lead Edmentum’s strategic vision and long term growth plan as President, CEO, and Board Director, bringing her successful record of accomplishment as an executive with extensive experience in education technology, private equity, and policy. Her ambitious personality, relentless commitment to serve educators and students, and strong leadership inspire her teams to build and implement education programs that promote and support lifelong teaching and learning.