International Women’s Day 2021
On a day to mark the progress of women’s rights around the globe, Barbara and Paul discuss ‘mining the gold,’ to recognize and appreciate the differences and strengths that women bring to the workplace, and in leadership roles.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge.” It’s a theme Barbara takes some issue with because it raises the age-old concept of Gender Equality, the ‘battle’ for being treated the same. But we’re not the same, according to Barbara, who coined the phrase “Great Minds Think Unalike.” She says we need to celebrate our differences and the unique skills and perspectives that both women and men bring to the table.
As part of International Women’s Day, Barbara conducted a series of interviews with senior corporate leaders, to get a sense from them how Gender Intelligence is helping to shape their organizations in 2021. This show features some of the content from Barbara’s conversation with Scott Anderson, the President and CEO of Zion’s Bank. Anderson is a huge proponent of Gender Intelligence and says the process has empowered him and made him a better leader, partner, and community member.
Watch the full interview with Zion’s Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6LzJst77QA
Men Speaking for Women?
Paul expressed some surprise that Barbara chose to interview not just women leaders, but also men on International Women’s Day. Barbara explains that we often learn the most by ‘walking in each other’s shoes,’ because it forces us to really try and understand each other.
How Have We Missed the Mark?
Despite a worldwide effort, we’re still not valuing women fully, according to Barbara. She describes the story of a woman executive who describes the ‘silos’ she sees, even within organizations, that prevent women networks from truly being embraced. Barbara’s concerned that the pandemic has created further isolation.
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