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Empowering Through Inclusion: International Women’s Day

How we can all inspire inclusion

What better day than today, International Women’s Day, to emphasize the importance of creating inclusive environments where women from all backgrounds feel valued, respected and empowered.

Organizations can advance gender equality by implementing inclusive hiring practices; providing leadership opportunities for women; offering mentorship, sponsorship and support programs; and promoting a culture of respect and equality in the workplace. They play a vital role in empowering women in the workplace in the following ways:

  • Increasing representation of women: Inclusive workplaces are ones that actively seek to diversify their workforce, including more women in various roles and all levels of the organization. When women see themselves represented in leadership positions and decision-making roles, it not only validates their contributions, but also inspires other women to aspire to similar positions. Increased representation creates a more supportive and inclusive environment for women to thrive.
  • Creating a culture of belonging: Inclusive workplaces prioritize creating a culture where all employees feel valued and respected. When women feel like they belong and are an integral part of the organization, they are more likely to contribute their ideas, talents and creativity. This sense of belonging fosters collaboration, innovation and teamwork, ultimately benefiting the organization.
  • Enhancing organizational performance: Research has shown that diverse and inclusive workplaces outperform their counterparts in terms of innovation, decision-making and financial performance. By harnessing the diverse perspectives, skills and experiences of women, inclusive organizations can drive creativity adaptability and competitiveness in an ever-changing business landscape.
  • Promoting work-life balance: Inclusive workplaces recognize the importance of work-life balance and offer flexible work arrangements, parental leave policies and supportive child care and caregiving options. These initiatives are beneficial to employees, particularly those balancing caregiver responsibilities, by allowing them to pursue their careers while also meeting their personal and family needs. A supportive work-life balance contributes to higher job satisfaction, productivity and retention among employees.
  • Reducing gender bias: Inclusive workplaces strive to eliminate gender bias and discrimination, creating fair and equitable opportunities for all employees. When workplaces foster a culture of respect and value diverse perspectives, women are less likely to encounter barriers based on their gender. This allows women to be evaluated based on their skills and contributions rather than stereotypes or preconceptions.

As the chief human resources officer of JAMS, I am honored to be in a role that helps integrate these items into the culture of the organization. JAMS is proud to have a workforce that is 72% women, an executive and senior leadership team made up of 45% women and a panel of 35% women. We understand the value and power of women and are intentional in promoting an inclusive environment where every woman can excel. 

As a working woman and a mom, I faced the challenge of balancing career aspirations with family responsibilities. I navigated many things to ensure I could continue to pursue my professional goals while also prioritizing the needs of my family. It was a juggling act that required careful planning and support from my employers and loved ones. And it still is! Knowing that I was (and am) lucky to have the partnership and support to become the mom, wife, friend, leader and woman that I strive to be, I am focused on supporting the women in my life in their goals, whatever those might be. It’s important that we as employers create inclusive spaces for women to know that they can balance their personal and professional priorities.

And, as a mom of three, I am acutely aware of the importance of raising my children in a world that celebrates diversity and fosters empathy and understanding. I have had the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with my children about gender equality and respect and instilling values of inclusivity from an early age, empowering them to be agents of change in their own circles. I am in a unique position to model inclusive behaviors and attitudes, and I hope I can foster confidence and resilience and provide the tools and mindset necessary for them to challenge barriers, pursue passions and flourish in diverse and equitable environments. 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024 and this year’s theme of #InspireInclusion, let us continue to work together to build a society where every woman is valued, respected and empowered to fulfill her full potential. I’m committed to advocating for a world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their gender, race or background. By challenging stereotypes, promoting diversity, fostering economic empowerment and advocating for women’s rights, we can inspire meaningful change and create a more equitable world for future generations. Together, let’s nurture inclusivity, celebrate diversity and pave the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all. 

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