Celebrating the women of TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods: Lilit Grigoryan
We’re committed to bring more women to the table, promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusion on our team and in the communities where we live, work and serve.
For 2023, the United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.” With women making up less than a third of the world’s workforce in tech-related fields, the theme calls on all of us to close the digital gender gap and celebrate women who are championing the advancement of transformative technology.* Diversity sows the seeds of innovation. Elevating different voices and ways of thinking can help unlock better data insights, decisions and solutions for all. In fact, analysis by McKinsey & Company found that companies in the top quartile for gender diversity on executive teams were 25 per cent more likely to have above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile.**
As Director of Indexing and Data Operations based in Armenia, Lilit Grigoryan leads indexing, data collection and cleaning on our Agribusiness team. Learn about her journey in tech and how she is driving innovation and transformative technology in our industry. What is your role? The Director of Indexing and Data Operations is a critical and highly visible role responsible for the team that indexes labels for more than 615 agriculture manufacturers within our Agronomy and Compliance solutions, and that also executes data collection and cleaning for our Program Execution solutions. I ensure the indexed labels' data complies with all regulatory instructions, collected data is compliant with client service-level agreements, deadlines are achieved based on client contracts and data is accurate and complete. I also work to deliver exceptional service to internal and external stakeholders, including retailers, distributors, cooperatives and manufacturers. How did you come to work in tech? I was born in a small town in Armenia called Dilijan. I began my journey in tech through a local university, the Yerevan University of Management and IT, which was the first institution with that focus at that time. I was eager to further gain knowledge in IT and this was the main reason I pursued a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management at the American University of Armenia. Many new IT platforms and tools were introduced during my studies, further developing my knowledge in IT and goal to be employed in the IT world. How can more opportunities be created for women in tech? The first step to attract more women in the tech world, in my opinion, would be to provide more scholarships to women to help them get educated in the tech disciplines. Another step would be creating equal work opportunities for men and women, especially having equal benefits and pay. It is a widespread phenomenon that women and men doing the same job may have different salaries and it is often women who may earn less! Last, but not least, give women the opportunity to hold C-level positions within corporations. Research shows that companies with females at the C-level are more likely to be more profitable and successful than companies where women are underrepresented. Diversity and inclusion is a continuous process requiring sustained effort in development, cultivation and maintenance rather than being a one-time action or campaign.
We’re committed to promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusion across our business and within our communities. By embodying our values, we strive to help make life better for our customers, team members and the communities where we live, work and serve. Join us. Explore open roles.
* Women in Tech Statistics, Uncovering Trends and Unseen Data by WomenTech Network, https://www.womentech.net/en-ca/women-technology-statistics
** Diversity wins: How inclusion matters, https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-wins-how-inclusion-matters