Women are leading the way and embracing the new in today’s workforce of the future. Every year in March, International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women across the globe, and also marks a call to action for advancing women’s rights. To honor a commitment to gender equality and diversity in the workplace, Accenture has celebrated International Women’s Day for the past 13 years. This year’s theme, Leading in the New, focused on opportunities for women to lead and innovate in the digital world.
People across the world were invited to participate in Accenture’s live events in New York—and in Frankfurt and Hong Kong for the first time—exploring the ways women are Leading in the New, discovering their own paths and defining their versions of success. From group gatherings over coffee to the comfort of their own homes, people logged into virtual broadcasts and shared experiences across social media channels as passionate, inspirational leaders within Accenture and in a variety of leading-edge industries offered their views on the ways women can take advantage of the changes happening in today’s ever-evolving digital landscape.
Hong Kong: Getting to Equal Starts Now
In Hong Kong, the focus was on dynamic thought leaders leading the charge for gender equality, sharing the importance of understanding what people across the world are doing to support and expand the rights of women. Speakers also reviewed Accenture’s latest research on women in STEM disciplines, with a focus on “getting to equal—faster” in China and beyond. Leaders such as Connie Cheung and Rita Ching of The Women’s Foundation talked about ways programs like Girls Go Tech, whose mission statement is to “empower deprived girls to create positive attitude shifts around technology,” are making a difference, inspiring girls to pursue STEM fields like never before.
Frankfurt: New Is a Catalyst for Leading in Diversity
Renowned speakers and global leaders in Frankfurt shared their vision on evolving the goal of female growth to a goal of “FE&MALE” growth, understanding that men and women approach their personal goals and professional careers in very different ways, but that we can all work toward the same goals for success.
Catrin Hinkel, Senior Managing Director and Human Capital and Diversity Lead for Accenture Frankfurt, offered her thought-provoking view: It’s about Leading in the New, but it’s also about “leading in myself.” For companies in fast-moving environments with employees of diverse backgrounds from all walks of life, it’s especially important for women—and all employees—to ask themselves: What do I need? How do I want to shape my career? It’s about Leading in the New by seizing opportunities to forge your own path, and communication with your organization is key to a partnership for success.
New York: The Future Is Now
Events in New York focused on women who are leading, finding, networking, inventing, earning, embracing, advancing, designing and moving in the new.
Discussions surrounded the gender pay gap, and the impact that actions of today will have on the female workforce of the future. A three-pronged approach is through women having digital fluency (accessing technology in everyday life); tech immersion (furthering education, using technology skills at work); and a true focus on career strategy. According to experts, in developed markets, a focus on career strategy can have the biggest impact on closing the pay gap, as more women aspire to leadership roles and choose careers with high earning potential.
Speaker Harris Faulkner, co-host of the show “Outnumbered” on Fox News Channel, offered women a piece of career strategy advice: “Don’t wait for the world to decide your strategy.”
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