I am passionate aboutI am most passionate about gender equality and education. Education is
knowledge and knowledge gives people freedom of thought and idea. Freedom of
thought and analysis are key to having prospering democracies in which the
individuals can think for themselves. Educated populations and members of
companies have a higher likelihood of having developed inquisitive natures
that challenge the status quo and bring new ideas to the table that can have
a direct impact on their surrounding group and organizational performance.
Gender equality is something that is very close and deer to me as it is based
in the idea that all humans are created and born equal, hence should be
treated as such in society. No one should be disadvantaged in their life and
opportunities because of their sex, an element they never had any control
over. Gender equal companies breed more open environments which contribute
more diverse ideas and thought processes, culminating in more creative
solutions to situations, problems, and challenges facing organizations today.
Gender equality in companies is also a reflection of an environment in which
it is the individual and their contribution that truly matters, not their
ActionsFor the past two years I have been a leader of Lean In Circles at RB. This
directly corresponds to one of my two greatest passions. As a leader of Lean
in Circles I have had to learn on how to best talk and explain the ideas
behind gender equality and why it should matter to all, not only to women.
Along with a colleague of mine we developed the 3 As approach; Awareness,
Acknowledge, Action. The first six months were mostly focused on spreading
awareness of what gender equality is and debunking all the myths and
misconceptions that often surround it. It was about providing facts and data
that supported the idea that gender equality is an issue that should matter
to all, and not the few. A lot of work in the form of circles and private
conversations around the organization took place for people to acknowledge
that it is an issue and what actions can be taken to start changing the
current trajectory and to challenge the status quo.
Two years ago it was difficult to get 5-6 women to a Lean in Circle of their
own accord to today when over 20 women have attended the last circle. We will
also be opening the circles up to men and will continue running workshops
that are open to all. Progress is slow but it is happening and the most
rewarding thing to me personally is to see how people's attitude toward the
topic is changing without necessarily them even realizing it. Lean in ties
back to education element and the fact that knowledge is power and if we
equip society with the facts so that individuals can make up their own minds
of where they stand on certain issues and react accordingly to their beliefs
that have been thought through and reflected upon, and not merely passed on
by their surroundings.