Sidero’s Carmel Owens Named Diversity Role Model of the Year

Carmel Owens, CEO of Athlone-based Irish software, cloud and digital transformation specialist Sidero, has been named Diversity Role Model of the Year at the 2022 Diversity in Tech Awards.

Carmel received the award at a special ceremony at the RDS in Dublin. The awards program recognizes individuals and organizations who strive to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace in the technology sector.

Carmel was praised for her work to inspire change in all areas of the business, her diversity of thought and her passion for forging an inclusive ethos. Carmel works to ensure that diversity and inclusion is an integral part of Sidero’s corporate goals, including increasing gender diversity in leadership roles, supporting an inclusive company culture, ensuring a fair and impartial recruitment and the promotion of innovative thinking.

Sidero prides itself on being a culturally diverse company, with a team made up of 26 nationalities. Carmel leads the senior management team which consists of a 60/40 male/female split. She shapes the company’s overall strategy, including its focus on diversity and inclusion, which has already created a positive and lasting impact on the organization.

In order to build a diverse talent pool, Carmel encourages collaboration with all levels of education in Ireland. The goal is to reduce the IT skills gap and show students that a career in technology is available to everyone, regardless of their background.

Earlier this year, Carmel was chosen from a select group of Irish women business leaders who traveled to Washington DC alongside the Taoiseach and the rest of the Irish business delegation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here, she participated in a variety of roundtables and networking events focused on women’s leadership in business.

“I am honored to be named Diversity Role Model of the Year for 2022. Diversity is a key goal for us at Sidero, and I am delighted that our efforts have been recognized. As CEO, I strive to make diversity and inclusion an integral part of the decisions we make as a company – from internal culture and the hiring process to internships and celebrations.

“The culture we have operated is a testament to the dedication of the entire Sidero team and we will continue to go the extra mile to diversify our workforce. Awareness is one thing, but action is what really matters,” said Ms Owens, after receiving her prestigious honour.

Rebecca R. Santistevan