This year, the theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, reminding us that everyone needs to play a role to help create a gender equal world.
As I reflect on this year’s theme, I am happy to see how far we have come. There are no longer male-only boards of directors among Standard & Poor’s 500 companies. However, while the uptick in the number of women holding board seats is an improvement, we are nowhere near gender parity, especially when it comes to multicultural women.
At the same time, I love to see that International Women’s Day is now celebrated in so many countries around the world including Afghanistan, Russia, and Vietnam. In many of those countries, tradition holds that men honor their mothers, wives, girlfriends, and colleagues with flowers and small presents. In other nations, its similar to Mother’s Day here in the United States, in which children give gifts to their mothers and grandmothers.
As for the United States, there are many celebrations across the country to honor the day and bring together women of many different backgrounds and cultures. This year, we plan to celebrate with a charity drive across multiple offices including Boston, San Diego, Mexico City, and Indore, India. We will also be joining the millions of participants wearing purple, a color that signifies justice and dignity and is the official color of International Women’s Day.
I feel so fortunate to have an executive team that includes strong female leaders and want to share thoughts from our Chief Operating Officer, Debbie Millin and our Chief Revenue Officer, Diane Albano about what this day means to them and why it’s important to take a moment to celebrate women’s achievements.
Debbie Millin, Chief Operating Officer, Globalization Partners
“I am glad to be witnessing the number of women in senior leadership positions increase. Still, women continue to be underrepresented at every level. We know that achieving a level of balance doesn’t just happen and that it needs to be a focus of the management team from the recruiting process through professional development, and management training. International Women’s Day provides a reminder about how important it is to prioritize empowering different types of people to work with each other within their companies and communities.”
Diane Albano, Chief Revenue Officer, Globalization Partners
“Historically, the sales industry has been male dominated, and while opportunities for women in sales have increased over the past couple of decades, very little has changed at the top. According to this LinkedIn report, only 21 percent of Vice Presidents in sales are female. This International Women’s Day is a good opportunity to remember that if companies don’t have women represented in areas such as the c-suite, marketing, and especially the sales force, they are missing out on big opportunity to
improve their organization’s performance and drive revenue growth. Women and men simply bring more to the table when they come to it together.”
We hope you strike the #EachforEqual pose — we are certainly going to!