When I attended Harvard Business School back in the mid-80s, there were only 20% women in my class. I often heard my male classmates proclaim not only their desire, but their expectation to become a VP or a CEO within two years of graduating from the program. At that time, I often thought to myself – I would just be happy with a job offer. Little did I know that I would go on to serve in multiple influential leadership roles, and eventually run a multi-billion dollar company. I wish I could go back to my younger self and help instill more confidence and optimism for the future for myself and women in the workplace as a whole.
As many of you may know, March is Women’s History Month—a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. It has been observed in the U.S. annually since 1987, and as part of this month-long celebration, March 8th is recognized globally as International Women’s Day (IWD).
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is “break the bias” which is something that really resonates with me since the majority of my professional career has been navigating male-dominated industries. I try to always remember what it has felt like to be different and to fight through adversity because it’s made me who I am today, and it also embodies how many people currently feel striving for success in their jobs or within their communities.
Shutterfly has a unique perspective on gender parity. This is not only because I’m a female CEO and the culture I’ve cultivated with my leaders, but also because most of our customers and employees throughout our family of brands are predominantly female. As a company we continue to invest in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion by taking steps to ensure that women are well represented as leaders, managers, designers and throughout our supply chain.
Soon after joining Shutterfly, I adjusted the board of directors to be more diverse. The Shutterfly board is now 36% female (5 of 14), and three of the five women are non-white. And last year, we changed our HR benefits to be more inclusive by expanding maternity leave to include parental leave, adoption assistance, and surrogacy.
In addition, we have an active and long-standing employee Women in Leadership ShuttERGroup established to help create an inclusive and safe community through connection, mentorship, allyship, collaboration, and discussion that empowers women to learn, network, increase their visibility, and build leadership skills.
I sincerely believe everyone has a role to play in forging a more gender-balanced world. I’m excited to acknowledge and celebrate all of the amazing accomplishments of women at our company and in our customers’ lives. Join me here and on LinkedIn as we share those stories this month, and throughout the year. Happy International Women’s Day!
Supporting the People and Artist Community of Ukraine
When one part of the world is in turmoil, it affects our entire community. For all who are directly or indirectly touched by the attacks on Ukraine, we want you to know that our hearts are with you. ????????????❤️
We are not just a company – we are a creative community of real people who care deeply about the safety and security of everyone in the Shutterfly and Spoonflower families. Here are three ways we hope to make a difference:
Spoonflower and Shutterfly have curated 110 designs by some of our amazing Ukrainian artists. You can support these artists (like @ ilonitta_patterns, who designed the beautiful print on this post) by purchasing their designs on Spoonflower wallpaper, home decor and fabric.
Additionally, the Shutterfly Foundation will be making a $50,000 donation to CARE Ukraine in order to help support the tremendous need for basic supplies during this humanitarian crisis.
Finally, we are offering all Spoonflower artists who are verified sellers residing in Ukraine the opportunity to bypass the proofing process during this time. If you are an artist based in Ukraine, please reach out to email@example.com for more information about this program.
The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, and is recognized as a global symbol of solidarity supporting Ukrainians. Sunflowers are also a symbol of hope. Shutterfly and Spoonflower lock arms – and hearts – with Ukrainians in hope for sunny days ahead.????
Shutterfly Partners with Fashion Icon Iris Apfel
Shutterfly, a pioneer and leading ecommerce retail and manufacturing platform for personalized products, announced a partnership with larger-than-life style icon and the ultimate symbol of self-expression, Iris Apfel, to create an exclusive NFT Holiday CryptoCard Collection for charity. Learn more HERE.
Shutterfly Named by Forbes Magazine as One of America's Best Large Employers of 2022
Shutterfly, the leading ecommerce brand and manufacturing platform for personalized products and custom designs, today announced it was named one of America’s Best Employers of 2022 by Forbes magazine.
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recognizes Shutterfly's Fort Mill, SC Location
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced Shutterfly’s Fort Mill, SC location as a winner of the Pollution Prevention Recognition Award. In 2021, we upgraded many of our printers with energy efficient models and adapted other practices that decrease our waste and the amount of materials used. This improvement helped Shutterfly achieve our sustainability goals for year-over-year waste reduction and reduced costs by eliminating the use of 267,000 sheets of large-format paper– roughly the equivalent of 100 trees.
For more information on the award visit epa.gov.