Company NewsMarch 15, 2024

IWD: 4 ways Dassault Systèmes inspires inclusion

We are committed to improving and advancing women’s equity and equality. We uphold core values of diversity and inclusion, and for International Women’s Day, we share the ways we inspire inclusion.
Avatar Maryann Dennehy

Did you know the first International Women’s Day (IWD) ocurred in the early 1900s? In 1975, the United Nations began formally recognizing the achievements of women, bringing with it a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Although we haven’t quite been around for 100 years, Dassault Systèmes always dedicates the day to increasing awareness and spotlighting the issues that continue to challenge women.

1 Building an inclusive workplace

This year, we hosted an internal conference inviting employees to learn about commitments toward accelerating diversity and inclusion and gender equality and equity.

  • Pascal Daloz, our CEO, presented an inspiring message of unwavering commitment to gender equity and inclusion within our company, as well as his pledge to make Dassault Systèmes an inclusive workplace for all.
  • We heard insights from Laurence Barthes, our EVP Chief People and Information Officer, and Victoire De Margerie, our VP Marketing Equity and Communications.
  • Finally, we shared a testimonial given by Elena Madrid, Cloud Growth Marketing Program senior manager, and her manager, Ekaterina Muzeaux who are participants in our talent mentoring and leadership program Rise Up!


We know that representations are crucial to shape the world we live in.  And we’re committed to making change happen within our global teams. To me, it’s part of my responsibility as a CEO.” 

Pascal Daloz, Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systèmes

2 Extending global celebrations and communities

In addition to the annual global internal conference, we celebrate IWD with local events, including local watch parties, and speakers – and this year was no different.

We hold dedicated events and activities supporting women in technology. Our office in Brazil recently held a girls in technology project sponsored by the 3DS Women’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) group in partnership with AlphaLumen, a local NGO offering girls aged 13 – 18 experiences and encouragement to help develop their potential in the technology field.

We also invited everyone to participate in the #InspireInclusion photo and social campaign, featuring our people worldwide.

3 Creating inspiring development programs

The commitment to accelerating gender diversity at Dassault Systèmes doesn’t stop with International Women’s Day – it is a priority all year long for us, with many learning, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) was founded over 10 years ago in North America, and is now a lively global community, featuring local and global events and guest speakers.

Each year we offer Rise Up!, a 10-month talent mentorship program to help woman by offering inner, social, self, leadership and inspirational development. Rise endless opportunities to learn, acquire and share knowledge and know-how to equip our people with the tools necessary perform effectively in their jobs and prepare for evolving workforce requirements.

4 Offering learning and networking opportunities

Check out the lifelong learning opportunities offered through 3DEXPERIENCE Edu.

Consider joining a networking group such as Women in Technology, or Women in Manufacturing, dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women in technology and manufacturing careers.

Seek out new job opportunities on the Dassault Systèmes Careers page.

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