From role models to challenges: Women in focus on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on 8 March is more than just a celebration of women’s achievements, it is a moment to become aware of the challenges they face. Today we are therefore focusing on the remarkable women in our company. We have asked them various questions in an interview. Their answers offer insights into their experiences as women in the business environment. Immerse yourself in the thoughts and perspectives of our female colleagues, because their stories are worth listening to.

Oriane Eloidin, Team Lead & Creative Services Manager

Oriane Eloidin – Team Lead & Creative Services Manager

Do you have a female role model in terms of career and profession?

“I am not particularly interested in tennis, but I admire Serena Williams’ career. She grew up in a tough neighbourhood where playing tennis wasn’t commonplace, and despite fierce criticism and bullying, she managed to impose her style, win numerous tournaments and became a legend. I am inspired by her career, because not only did she succeed in a world where there was very little diversity, but she also paved the way for many black female tennis players. Just because no one has succeeded in this field before does not mean it can not be done. She is proof that you cannot give up in the face of adversity.”  

Who has been your biggest supporter throughout your career? “I probably would not be where I am today without the help of my parents. I studied in Paris, which is a very expensive city when you are a student. I had the opportunity to do a lot of internships there, which were instructive but also often underpaid. Without their support, I probably would not have been able to succeed in my studies and go on to the career of my choice.”  

In your opinion, what particular challenges do women face in a professional environment? “I was reading an article recently about the prejudices that women still have to face today. Certain physical traits that are valued in men (such as greying hair or a tall build) can, on the contrary, be badly perceived in women. For example, a very tall woman could be described as intimidating, whereas for a man this would be seen as charismatic. Long before a woman can demonstrate her professional skills, she will often have to overcome many clichés and prejudices.”

Lisa Fast, Content Manager

Lisa Fast – Content Manager

How can companies support and promote the career advancement of women?   “Mentoring programs are a good idea – over the course of my career, I have had various mentors in senior positions with whom I have been able to exchange ideas on a regular basis. You can talk not only about professional issues, but also about personal matters. As a young woman, you benefit greatly from having a good mentor who offers support. Good role models are essential, especially for women in the profession who aspire to a higher position.”

Carole Corinto, Team Lead Customer Service

Carole Corinto – Team Lead Customer Service

Do you have a female role model?  

“My female role model is Olympe de Gouges. She lived in France in the 18th century and campaigned for the emancipation of women by publishing the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen. In it, she wrote, among other things: “A woman has the right to mount the scaffold. She must possess equally the right to mount the speaker’s platform.” “

Jackie Ward, Vice President, Global Customer Retention

Jackie Ward – Vice President, Global Customer Retention

What advice would you give to young women who want to get started in your career field? 

“Go for it! Having spent close to 40 Years in sales & marketing, I can assure you that it never gets boring! This field allows you to be creative, have fun and is full of reward.  Working your way through to a senior level role is not without challenges though.  Sales & Marketing roles are high stress and high- pressured BUT at the same time are incredibly gratifying & enjoyable. I learned very early in my career to never run from challenge, but embrace it as that’s how you learn and improve your skill set.  Recognize that challenges are inevitable, but my best advice would be to always remember that challenge is there for a reason as it presents opportunities for your growth and development to be a stronger leader in your profession.  Also, Teamwork is crucial in my field.  You need the benefit of diverse perspectives & experiences that come from your colleagues – that’s how you win as it’s not a solitaire game. Building a strong can-do winning team creates opportunities to learn from each other. No matter how tight a deadline, or how challenging it gets to achieve your targets always keep going, never give up & remain optimistic!  Ultimately, I found joy in the journey of building my career in this field and always remember to celebrate the wins, learn from challenges & stay motivated which has served me well over my nearly 40 Year career in sales & marketing.“

Diana Robles, Graphic Designer

Diana Robles – Graphic Designer

What changes in the world of work would you like to see in order to promote equality? 

“This company has taught me that fostering a supportive work environment where women feel valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their ideas and perspectives is essential for promoting equality. By prioritizing transparent processes and providing support for career advancement, any company can create a workplace where women have equal opportunities to thrive and succeed.”

Gabriella Vozza, Senior Team Lead Customer Service

Gabriella Vozza – Senior Team Lead Customer Service

How can the business world better respond to the needs of working mothers? 

“With flexibility! MYRON made that possible for me and I am very grateful for that.”

Sarah Schneider, Copy Writer & Project Coordinator

Sarah Schneider – Copy Writer & Project Coordinator

What advice would you give to young women who want to get started in your career field?

“Stay true to yourself, stick to your principles and be persistent. I would almost say that persistence and willpower are the foundation for success – no matter what professional field you work in.”

Karen St. Louis, Director Customer Sales

Karen St. Louis – Director, Customer Sales

How can companies support and promote the career advancement of women? 

“Reflecting on the progress made over the past decade, the representation of women in board seats and C-suite positions have increased significantly, which is both empowering and inspiring. However, it is undeniable that the gap is still too broad. I would like to see every organization supporting women to feel empowered to pursue leadership roles. Initiating programs that foster and champion women in leadership – Mentorship programs, leadership development initiatives or the pursuit of higher education. Additionally, organizations can also extend their influence by collaborating with schools to engage with young girls, igniting their passion for leadership and providing them with the guidance and inspiration, they need to succeed. Organizations play a big role in supporting and nurture the next generation of female leaders.”

We would like to extend our gratitude to all female colleagues who were willing to share their thoughts and experiences. Their insights are valuable and help to raise awareness of the many challenges that women face in the business world. International Women’s Day reminds us that the road to equality must continue to be travelled together. Together, we will continue to work towards a world in which equality is not just a one-day event, but a daily reality.

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