You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.
On the International Women’s day, IE hosted the IE Women’s day event to celebrate all the amazing women of the IE Community. The organizers greeted our alumni, current students, professors and various professional leaders of the corporate world with gratitude and appreciation for their exemplary work in respective fields. Empowering all of us, many of them highlighted about their accomplishments and journey to the pinnacle.
An integral part of the day was the event “Empowering women in the corporate world” that focused on the important topic of gender equality and how to frame strategies for growth of women professionals in the industry. One of the speakers, who works as an adjunct professor at IE and also acts as the gender equality consultant to the World Bank Group, highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are also known as the “2030 Agenda“. SDGs is a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations and covers a broad range of social and economic development issues of the world, with gender equality being one of them.
This informative talk was followed by the panel discussion moderated by Irina Zilbergleyt, who is the Director of International Recruiter Relations at IE Talent & Careers. The panel was comprised by top female executives from IE’s partner companies such as Oracle, McKinsey & Company, Amadeus IT Group, Master Card, Metlife, Pérez-Llorca and CEPSA.
In another motivational and engrossing speech, a representative from Oracle highlighted the importance of making technology sector attractive to women from an early stage. “Oracle for Girls” initiative which was launched in June 2017 focused on removing the stereotypes of this sector. The technology workshops organized for the girls between 7 and 15 years, inspired them to take up their career to showcase their creative skills in the technology sector.
Mastercard’s representative brought up a very enlightening notion of how not only female but even the male leaders play an important role in supporting the cause of women empowerment. They bring the important listening and reliability skills to the community for support. She highlighted that women now represent 40% of Mastercard’s workforce which is a huge progress.
The representative from McKinsey shared the challenges related to the Consulting field where one needs to make tough decisions about their professional and personal lives. She also quoted on how the flexibility programs at McKinsey helps the employees in their early parenthood stage to overcome that stress.
Similarly, all the company representatives took turns to highlight the initiatives their firm has taken in the form of workshops and women equality gender programs.
Towards the end, the audience was involved in an open discussion with them for any questions related to the everyday work culture that they follow and the next steps that can be taken to refine our lives. It was clear that in order to see a change, we have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. Let us work towards making everyone equal in future, as Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, rightly quoted,
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”