At FLYR, our crew members are more than just employees – they’re a part of the culture that makes us great.
A special part of having a global crew is recognizing and celebrating the diversity of our crew members and ensuring that each one feels represented within FLYR’s culture.
FLYR introduced its first Employee Resource Group (ERG) at the end of 2022. FEM@FLYR is focused on furthering the women of FLYR and women in technology roles. Founding member Morgan Miller, FLYR Talent Acquisition Program Specialist, said the group was chosen first because the demographics at FLYR made it a good opportunity for first steps.
“Women who work in male-dominated industries such as technology can often feel isolated or marginalized,” Morgan said. “We wanted to create a space where women can connect with like-minded colleagues, share their experiences, and support one another.”
Great Place to Work defines ERGs as voluntary, employee-led groups designed to foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the organizations they serve. They are made up of employees who share similar characteristics like gender, ethnicity, religion, lifestyle, or personal interest, and are open to anyone looking to further the interests of those groups.
Morgan said FLYR, which was Best Place to Work® Certified in 2022, is focused on building a strong company culture to attract top talent, foster innovation, and drive success.
“ERGs are important for creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace, promoting diversity and inclusion, retaining talent, attracting new talent, and driving innovation and success,” she said. “Companies who prioritize culture are more likely to achieve their goals and create a positive and productive work environment for their employees.”
FLYR more than doubled in crew size in 2022 thanks in part to its acquisitions of Pace Revenue, Pribas, and Newshore. The addition of new ERGs will give all FLYR crew members another place to meet on common ground and get to know each other on a more personal level.
FEM@FLYR celebrated Women’s History Month (US) and International Women’s Day earlier this month by hosting a charity event at FLYR’s annual internal conference, Takeoff23, in Las Vegas. Attendees put together approximately 2,000 hygiene kits for local women’s groups The Shade Tree, Dress for Success, and Signs of Hope, with the help of United Way.
The ERG also hosted a breakfast at Takeoff23 on International Women’s Day – March 8 – to discuss the group and its goals within FLYR.
“Our mission is simple,” Morgan said. “We want to lift women’s voices in the workplace and make sure they are heard in the right rooms, at the right time. We want to inspire everyone to be more inclusive. We want to give opportunities to make connections and feel like they belong and like their unique vision of a career at FLYR is supported.”
According to an article by CIO.com, women are disproportionately absent from technology fields. While women make up 47 percent of all employed adults in the US, they hold only 28 percent of computing and mathematical roles, according to data from Zippia. And the ratio of women to men in tech roles has declined in the past 35 years, according to Accenture.
FEM@FLYR is just one step toward making these disparities disappear, but it’s an important step for FLYR.
“I believe FEM@FLYR will pave the way for more leadership opportunities for the women at FLYR and make our company a more attractive option to women in technology looking for career opportunities,” Morgan said. “We want to see women at every important table here at FLYR, so we can drive innovation even further from a diverse perspective.”
FEM@FLYR is looking forward to a lineup of women who will serve as guest speakers to discuss careers, lived experiences, history, technology, and more. The group will also look for more opportunities to give back to local communities in the coming months.
“What’s great about our mission with FEM@FLYR is that we have 100 percent support from our executive leadership,” Morgan said. “This ERG will set a precedent for others to come, and we are thrilled to see where it leads us.”