International Women's Day: Caroline Debenham
Having spent my career in male-dominated industries, and working in marketing can mean there are perceptions that all I do is to make things look pretty, rather than adding any strategic value.
But by using my expertise and drive to successfully deliver projects, it directly challenges this bias and overcomes the view that my advice has no real importance or influence. I have achieved this by always approaching each project with positivity, no bias on my part or assumptions that I won’t be heard, otherwise I set myself up to fail. I refuse to be anything other than authentic, whether that fits into a stereotype or not, but I promise to bring nothing less to team every day. I am now a successful leader within the business, who manages, mentors and inspires others to succeed.
You have to believe that you belong, no matter the situation, as having that self-confidence means you don’t need to prove you are an equal, because you are.
I can't imagine what my life would be had it not been for the strong women who taught me, loved me, encouraged me, corrected me, and walked alongside me. My life, my career, and our world is better because of women. And so, I celebrate International Women's Day every day of every year.
- Adam Stanley, United States
I will cultivate an open-minded environment to foster gender equality in the workplace. I will also continue to mentor and encourage junior colleagues to become future leaders in the organization.
- Tetet D. Castro, Philippines
Equality and diversity in the workplace are essential elements of a business strategy, vision, and mission. An organization has a social responsibility to provide equitable opportunities which generate a feeling of belonging. When people feel they belong, they are more committed to the organization.
- Christine McKinlay, United States