Wendy Watkins, Vice President of Corporate Communications, shares what inspires her:
"I have had the mentorship and friendship of some incredible women throughout my career. We often speak of the next generation of emerging leaders and how they inspire us with their passionate commitment to making lasting change in this world."
Sure, you can crack open a history book to read about the courageous women who fought for women’s rights over the years. But why just read about them when you can take a walk in these women’s shoes, and visit the places where they took a stand? In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re sharing 5 places we fly where you can get inspired by the powerful women who have paved the way for women today.
Originally posted by Pamela Paton, Financial Services Executive and former Common Impact Board Member
Over the past few days we've talked a lot about ways in which companies and nonprofits can work together to close the leadership gap. But, many of you may be wondering what that looks like on the individual level. We're excited to share a blog post from one of our former Board Members on her perspective of what it takes to be a successful leader.
We're inspired by the momentum of International Women's Day yesterday and eager to keep the conversation going. Today we're bringing back a few key ways that all sectors can work together to close the gender gap - specifically through skills-based volunteering initiatives.
With tremendous global activism for women's equality, there is now, more than ever, a strong momentum to close the gender gap. At Common Impact, we recognize the need for gender parity across all sectors and are consistently working to hone our unique model of social impact to design programs that both engage and develop female leaders at all levels of their careers. It has been proven time and time again that gender-balanced teams deliver better and more sustainable performance and that companies with more gender-balanced leadership teams out-perform those with less.
In 1972 Katharine Graham became America’s first female Fortune 500 CEO, leading The Washington Post Company, the fifth largest publishing company at the time, and under her leadership profits grew 20 percent annually from 1975 to 1985. She also became a role model and mentor for many women leaders in male-dominated fields and spoke openly about the issues they faced.
PayPal manager Heather Holcomb, a former U.S. Marine, knows how challenging re-entering civilian life can be while searching for the next career path. After spending four years in the military, Heather, 29, hoped her experience would be a straight shot to a job in communications technology. Unfortunately, she struggled to gain traction. Without a degree in applied technology or engineering, her hands-on experience didn’t seem to resonate with employers.