Infor VP Martine Cadet is being honored as 1 of the "25 Influential Black Women in Business" in 2017 by The Network Journal - Black Professional and Small Business News for her efforts to increase diversity in the technology industry.
Cadet was chosen from hundreds of nominees for her contributions to the technology industry through the Infor Education Alliance Program (EAP), which she built and leads. The EAP aims to increase diversity and decrease the skills gap in the tech industry by partnering Infor with colleges and universities to provide real-world tech training.
"What meant the most to me was the fact that the president of one of our member organizations thought enough of me and the EAP to nominate me," said Cadet, who is vice president of Infor global field enablement. "That speaks volumes to the value of the work we have been driving."
"The EAP is helping increase the diversity of Infor's employee ecosystem, and companies with diverse workforces deliver 35% better business results than their homogeneous counterparts," she said. "Infor is taking an effective and active role in closing the economic divide and skills marketplace shortage that plagues the tech industry."
Infor EAP has been recognized by Forbes and Fortune magazines for helping nurture STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in college students and preparing them for careers in the digital world.
Infor CEO Charles Phillips told Fortune, "Our goal is to hire the top students before other businesses can. It's in the early days, but the interest is high."
The EAP has expanded steadily to include 28 member institutions: 15 in North America, 7 in Europe, and 6 universities in Asia. Later this year, the program expects to double in size and add alliances with schools in the US, UK, Spain, Zambia, China, and the Philippines.
Cadet says the EAP is giving Infor access to "diverse, smart talent already primed to help us move the business forward. Many of these folks are predisposed to wanting to be here, and are uniquely readied and positioned to succeed."
Photo caption: Martine Cadet, center, accepts her award from Rosalind McLymont, The Network Journal executive editor, and Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, publisher.