High-fives, fist bumps and lively chatter fill our humble San Mateo headquarters.
No, we didn’t just get the details for our company holiday party (although we anxiously await those as well). Rather, we received word that our CEO Jody Vandergriff will be awarded Outstanding Entrepreneur at the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) on December 11.
A win for Jody is a win for all of us at Webdam. She bootstrapped this thing 10 years ago, building it into the first cloud-based digital asset management solution (before people were even calling it “the cloud”) something awesome and willing it into profitability. Now we’re part of Shutterstock, growing fast and kicking … down the doors of diversity.
No, seriously. We’ve trumpeted this stat a bit lately, but did you know women make up 42% of our workforce? That’s 40% higher than the average tech company. Not only that, but Jody leads an internal group called Women of Webdam dedicated to mentoring the team’s female talent.
Check out some of the nice words from our friends at NAFE:
“The NAFE Women of Excellence are a great illustration of the divergent paths to success. From finance to global diversity, the award recipients are exemplary for their leadership and achievement.” – Subha Barry, Vice President, General Manager, Working Mother Media
“The impressive 2015 NAFE Women of Excellence awardees include individuals who are exceptional at their jobs and notable for ensuring the success of women and girls. These awards spotlight unsung heroes both for their achievements and for their commitment to gender equity.” – Dr. Betty Spence, President of NAFE
Jody will receive her award at the NAFE Women of Excellence Gala Breakfast December 11 at the Yale Club in New York City.