Joe Creed and his reverse mentor, Meghan Lundeen, were paired together through the reverse mentoring program and shared a relationship of candid communication, open feedback, and fresh perspective. While not always easy, Creed encourages everyone to get a mentor.
It’s small actions and behaviors that drive big outcomes and results. Leadership is a catalyst for change, but each individual advocating at every level of influence can have a magnificent, quick and positive impact on our business and society.
I press for progress so that my daughter knows that the opportunities for her and her future are endless, and that she is entitled to every opportunity that my son has.
We need to continue to encourage women to find their voices in the everyday gender-biased situations that affect women in the workplace. But we also need well-intentioned men to engage as advocates in this effort, which will ultimately benefit everyone.
International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the past and look forward to the future. It's about believing in what's possible through progress and the legacy opportunity we can create for generations to come.
Knowing what you want and being willing to work for it are not necessarily sufficient to get you there. Guidance and encouragement are needed to navigate the inevitable complexities and challenges of this journey.
Who you know can help you to advance what you know and how you go about doing your best work for the company.
To be an ally, two parties must work together for mutual benefit. Caterpillar Women’s Initiatives Network Male Ally of the Year describes his commitment to gender equality and the journey Caterpillar Nuevo Laredo has taken to foster an inclusive work environment.
I press for progress by tackling challenges head on, by thanking male allies at Caterpillar, and by sponsoring girls in developing countries. I press for sustainable change that matters – change that will make the world a better place.
Making a major change starts with small steps, but as for the infrastructure world, the challenge is even bigger. Talia Amar from Cat dealer ITE reflects on being the first female Quarries Division Manager in Israel.
Small steps lead to big change, and progress requires action. I pledge to press for progress by dreaming big, aspiring for more, and doing what I can with what I have.
How often do we take the time to step into someone else’s shoes – to really understand their point of view? Reverse mentoring opened my eyes for the better and reinforced that often times it is the little things that can make a big difference.
Writing this blog post gave me a great opportunity to sit down with my mom, a career professional, and discuss her career journey. I left the conversation realizing there is more I can do to press for progress for gender equality.
Taking concrete steps to improve gender diversity is worth the journey at an individual level, at a collective level and at a business level.
My most memorable lessons in leadership came from my parents and have shaped my career and leadership journey throughout the years. I’ve had many other strong mentors and leaders who knew the power of inclusive leadership, and now it’s my turn to advocate for more seats at the table.
Lack of gender equality has a tangible impact across all industries and functions, and in technology professions a lack of diversity may also shape our youngest generation's mindset. My #PledgeforProgress to help close the gender gap is to mentor more women in analytics and digital.
Check back soon to see how our employees Press for Progress. In the meantime, check out what inspires our people to Be Bold for Change below!
I firmly believe the confidence I have to be BOLD for change has been passed down to me through the generations. My mom learned from her mom, and I learned from mine.
My three daughters are grown and are in the business world themselves. I now reflect on how they have influenced me as a leader. They added one more dimension of depth to how I treat my employees; I "treat each other the way that I want my daughters to be treated."
My wife and I already tell my daughter as well as her brother that they can truly grow up and do whatever they want to work toward. And, the key to that statement is that both my son and daughter should be measured by their work, leveraged by equivalent opportunities.
I want my daughter to live in a world that treats everyone fairly and values human beings thanks to their personal strength and contributions to society.
I am certain that what is expected of a leader in our industry won’t shift until the organizational culture does. I firmly believe that only when women are no longer in the minority and, we have more women up, down, and around the organization will we alter the unconscious bias of what is expected.
My dad and my daughter both motivate and encourage me to think outside the box and challenge myself to take risks.
To me, International Women's Day is a reminder that all you need sometimes is encouragement from a supervisor, leader, or colleague. Short advice can go a long way and it shows how important it is to support each other.
Gender inclusion and ultimately gender equality is simply not possible if the conversation is limited to women. We must engage men as advocates...not just because it is the right thing to do, but because there is a prize for everyone. So how can men engage in a meaningful way?
I pledge to be bold for change by making a move and leading by example. Change of both women’s and men’s mind sets is mandatory for extraordinary results. We are the architects of our lives, as well as the lives of the next generations.
We need to make this gender parity issue personal for our families and for the sustainable future of our organizations. I would like to see more men taking more active responsibility in this conversation. Take that ask seriously and do all you can to execute that. I ask each of us to pick one goal to demonstrate our commitment to be bold for change.
My mom is my inspiration – she encouraged me to never give up and that I had a lot to offer.
I have been inspired by many amazing women over the years, but here are just a few examples of people who have shaped my opinion and have grown my admiration for how capable and important women are to all of us.
I applaud Caterpillar's support for International Women's Day. Thank you for stepping forward to #BeBOLDforChange. I am better for it. And our customer are, too. Inclusion attracts diversity, and diversity drives innovation. As we shift customer alignment to be more inclusive of women, our impact on female customers will grow.
As Dr. Seuss so wisely remarked, "Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered," - remembered for not only my professional achievements, but also, and most importantly, for the impact I may be able to make on others and for showing my son that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.
My husband, two sons and daughter inspire me to be bold in life. They all do so in different ways, but equally contribute to enabling me to be who I am.
As a working young woman, I am so grateful that I have my grandfather and mother as advocates and champions for women. They inspire me to be bold for change.