CARY — Cary-based software firm SAS and its Women’s Initiative Network recently hosted the December TEDxCaryWomen conference, shedding light on “Bold + Brilliant” ideas from the community’s thought leaders and innovators.

More than 400 attendees turned out to listened to an all-star lineup of speakers including Jamie Valvano, a writer, teacher and cancer advocate; Karen Velasquez of Tibetan Singing Bowls; Maggie Kane, executive director of Table Raleigh; and Sangeetha Menon, executive director of Advocate.

“For SAS, it’s not about fitting into the culture, it’s about adding to it,” said Danielle Pavliv, SAS Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, in a statement. “As innovators, we rely on our creativity and differences to create great software which is why we are honored to be hosting TEDxCaryWomen, whose values align so closely with ours.”

Women represent nearly half of its US workforce and nearly 40% of leadership positions.

The SAS Women’s Initiative Network is a strong community of SAS employees who encourage and challenge one another to pursue excellence in their careers and fulfillment in their personal lives. Women employees can interact with other career-minded members to grow both personally and professionally. Members act as ambassadors for SAS and STEM careers, sharing time and expertise to develop leadership capabilities among employees, expand professional networks, showcase thought leaders and attract women to careers in science and technology.

Fortune magazine continues to name SAS one of the Best Workplaces for Women. SAS provides meaningful work alongside benefits and opportunities that inspire and motivate its female workplace. Perks particularly beneficial to working mothers include subsidized childcare, access to a free on-site health care center with a full-service pharmacy and a myriad of other convenient on-site services, which also reinforce why SAS appeals so strongly to all employees.

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