Schneider and iMasons partner to boost D&I and sustainability



Dean Nelson, the founder and chairman of Infrastructure Masons Dean Nelson, the founder and chairman of iMasons

Schneider Electric has partnered with non-profit iMasons to support their joint pursuit of advancing the digital infrastructure industry.

As a partner member, Schneider Electric will provide resources to support iMasons’ educational, networking and industry-supporting donation programs. Additionally, there will be a focus on diversity and inclusion (D&I), professional development and sustainability.

“Industry collaboration and knowledge sharing is critical to spark new ideas and drive innovation in the data centre,” said Dean Nelson, the founder and chairman of Infrastructure Masons.

“Schneider Electric shares our commitment to advance the industry and as a leader in the sector, we look forward to making their depth of expertise and experience available to our broader community,” Nelson added.

The two have been collaborating for some time and Schneider executives are already active in iMasons’ D&I groups.

Ivonne Valdes, vice president of global sales for the cloud and service provider segment currently serves as chair of the LatinX members group for iMasons, with the co-chair position held by Claudia Massey, global VP of business operations for the cloud  service provider segment.

Among the immediate priorities for the partnership, Schneider Electric said it would “engage in many of the iMasons programs that strongly align with the company’s own principles”, including D&I initiatives and education and mentorship.

Together, they will also support the next generation of professionals through career workshops, internships and scholarships.

“I joined iMasons three years ago because they shared my vision to encourage a career in the data centre and technology areas of specialty, but also to support minority students that are exploring a career in STEM,” said Valdes, who in 2019 won the iMasons Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award.

“I am thrilled to work with a broader set of my peers at Schneider Electric and contribute to the creation of a diverse community of IT and data centre professionals, educational institutions and potential future employers,” Valdes added.