SAS’ Michelle Proctor named 2020 Leader in Diversity

Triangle Business Journal honors Proctor’s diversity and inclusion efforts

Michelle Proctor, chair of the SAS Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN), has been awarded the 2020 Leader in Diversity Award by the Triangle Business Journal. Proctor is recognized for her work in furthering diversity and inclusion at SAS and in the community.

As the leader of WIN, Proctor helps members achieve personal satisfaction and professional excellence, while reaching into local communities to empower women and inspire students to pursue STEM-related careers. In addition to leading over 1,000 WIN members across SAS globally, Proctor is one of three individuals who helped create the Women in Analytics (WIA) Network, an external group that aims to strengthen diversity in the analytics field around the globe. WIA celebrates lifelong learning, providing members career development and personal brand-building resources, as well as hosting unique, inspirational events such as its recent webinar with record-setting astronaut Christina Koch.

“Michelle’s contributions to promoting SAS’ diversity and inclusion mission are invaluable,” said Jenn Mann, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at SAS. “By helping lead a global community that supports women to achieve in their industries and serve in their communities, she has embodied our SAS values and has made an inspiring impact both inside and outside of our organization.”

WIN is one of many SAS Employee Inclusion Groups, which are company-sponsored, employee-led groups that help engage employees passionate about similar topics and foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. Proctor has been a member of the WIN leadership council for many years and will soon serve as the group’s next SAS-appointed sponsor.

After holding positions at NASA and IBM, Proctor joined SAS in 2012 and now serves as Chief of Staff for the Risk Research & Quantitative Solutions division. Furthering her commitment to helping women thrive, Proctor also serves on the Board of Dress for Success and ATHENA of the Triangle.

“Many times throughout my early career, I was the only woman on my team,” Proctor said, “which fueled me to become a fierce advocate for women in STEM. When I got to SAS, I realized that promoting diversity is part of the company’s DNA. Here, I’ve been encouraged to pursue my passion, help others and support our company’s efforts to bring different perspectives into the analytics community. I am honored to be a part of the ripple in the water that this organization is making.”

Triangle Business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity Awards program recognizes the accomplishments of Triangle businesses, individuals and nonprofits who weave a diverse foundational fabric into the heart of the local community. Winners have demonstrated respect for inclusive treatment of others, advocacy for underrepresented groups and multicultural marketing. This year, 14 individuals and eight companies were recognized.

Today’s announcement follows International Day of the Girl, a day marked by the United Nations to recognize the unique challenges girls face around the world. One focus of this year’s event encourages girls to learn new skills towards the futures they choose, a theme Proctor, WIN and SAS support through educational outreach and women in STEM advocacy efforts.

Learn more about SAS’ commitment to empowering women and promoting a corporate culture of diversity and fairness. 

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