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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.