It’s International Women’s Day and every year the United Nations selects a theme. This year’s focus is especially relevant, Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.
When people talk about workplace diversity, it often implies an either/or scenario where women and men are pitted against one another. However two HighGround leaders, Chief Customer & Technology Officer Anjoo Rai-Marchant and Chief Engagement Officer Andee Harris, recently shared their viewpoints on how gender equality in the workplace means women and men work to support one another to produce the best work.
In the video below, Anjoo, an Ernst & Young alumna, talks about gender equality in the workplace.
“Raising awareness is extremely important when we talk about gender parity,” Anjoo explained. “Oftentimes we reduce it to a theoretical discussion about what gender parity means or what gender bias means. In those situations it’s easy to say, ‘It’s not me, it’s someone else who’s doing that.'”
Anjoo also recommended women in the workplace find a sponsor who can serve as an advocate for them as they advance through an organization. As for her own management style? Anjoo actively works toward leveling the playing field so everyone — male or female — feels valued and comfortable contributing.
Andee recently participated in a panel sponsored by Capital One called, “Women in Tech & Men as Allies.”
“I think that the journey women take, it’s so important that they have their male ally and advocate with them,” Harris explained.
When asked how women in the workplace can inspire men to meet women halfway, Harris said, “Hold people accountable for not just the bottom line.” She continued, “How do they treat their people? How happy are their people? What is their retention rate? There are so many other data points.”
Andee’s personal experience is bolstered by research: McKinsey found that that gender equality in the workplace leads to better business outcomes.
Anjoo and Andee’s advice is relevant and useful for all employees at HighGround – female and male. Both women are accessible leaders and reliable mentors who are constantly challenging our teams to be creative, innovative and collaborative.
So on International Women’s Day, we’d like to say “thank you” to Anjoo, Andee, as well as VP of Marketing & Communications, Anna Burke, and VP of Sales, Kelly Kitchen. (And in case you didn’t notice, those four women make up half of our leadership team here at HighGround.) And a very special thank you to all the women of HighGround who contribute their skills and ideas every single day. Without them, we would be a vastly different and vastly less successful company.
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