The Wichita Business Journal has recognized High Touch Technologies, alongside 16 other companies and 22 individuals, as an honoree for the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
This award, previously known as the Leaders in Diversity Award, recognizes individuals and organizations for their efforts in making their companies and Wichita’s business more diverse.
Diversity and Inclusion at High Touch
At its core, the technology industry thrives on innovation. At High Touch, we believe that diversity is essential for innovation to happen. Moving beyond the standard dictionary definitions, diversity looks different for every business and industry.
High Touch has taken a strong stance in diversity by supporting and promoting the careers of women in the technology industry. Many recognize Silicon Valley as the leading technology hub in the U.S. However, the tech capital lags behind when measured by women in leadership and executive roles. According to a 2015 article published by Business Insider, women only constitute 11% of the executive leadership roles in Silicon Valley and a measly 10% of all leadership roles. In comparison, women make up 50% of High Touch’s Executive team and 28% of our Leadership team.
In addition to gender diversity, High Touch is committed to age diversity. We believe that professionals of all ages have unique stories to bring to the table. Together, by sharing our experiences, we can reach all audiences to help bring the human touch to technology. In the technology industry, age diversity can be scarce. At High Touch, 22% of our leadership team is under 40 and 22% is over 55.
Diversity at High Touch extends beyond the office to the clients we serve. High Touch employs bilingual support technicians and customer services associates to help better serve our diverse client base. We provide technology services to companies in just about every industry, in 49 states, in four countries. In addition, we’re aware of the role technology plays in assisting people with disabilities. We’ve been committed to providing technology services to the blind and visually impaired community through our client-partner relationship with Envision. In addition to providing Business Communications, IT Solutions, Security Solutions, and Software Solutions, High Touch has served as a sponsor for Envision’s Level Up conference and presenting sponsor at Envision’s annual Evening With Envision Gala.
Outside of the corporate level, High Touch encourages its employees to get involved in the community. In the past year, employees have volunteered time with a diverse group of organizations and causes, including donating dictionaries to area
schools, donating refurbished computers to KETCH, and engaging with the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few.
Finally, High Touch is an equal opportunity employer and an employee-owned company. Employee-owned companies have cultures that encourage employees to think and act like owners. Every High Touch employee, regardless of where they sit in an organizational chart, has the opportunity to participate at the ownership level.
By committing to diversity at all levels of our business inside and out, High Touch can help pave new pathways in the technology industry, spark innovation, and build on our 35 years of success and profitability.
2019 Diversity and Inclusion Awards
The Wichita Business Journal will host the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Awards and recognize winners at a luncheon on September 20, 2019.Read the article