March 8, 2020
March 8, 2020
Forging an Equal and Inclusive World
Equality is the theme of International Women’s Day 2020, and the hashtag #EachforEqual sums up the challenge. Raising awareness against bias and striving for equality, inclusivity, and collaboration are keys to forging an equal world for all.
TÜV SÜD America kickstarted a new #FutureInYourHands interview series, showcasing a few of the ways that employees are transforming the company, helping it meet the challenges of 2020 and beyond.
Join us as we look at the career journeys of five women at TÜV SÜD America who are taking giant strides towards innovation, equality, and inclusivity.
People, people, people – in my nearly eight years of tenure at TÜV SÜD, I am amazed and inspired by the people I have met. I believe that every employee, every human being has the capacity to be the best version of themselves; you don’t need to compare apples and oranges.
Be the best apple you can be. Don’t try to be a peach. That is already a win. It’s also important to work and deal with people from a place of positivity and gratitude. I recall hearing Oprah Winfrey once say that nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you have, and that has stayed with me.
So, I try to infuse my work at TÜV SÜD with positivity and gratitudes.
We have a very open, kind, and inclusive environment and promote One TÜV SÜD, which breaks down silos and allows for cross-collaboration within the organization with different business units and stakeholders. One TÜV SÜD creates a very positive environment where employees can successfully accomplish things across various units and make a difference.
Life is short, so aim to do the right thing. It all comes down to reliability, helping others, and spreading kindness.
Every person has the power to affect their culture and make an impact on their surrounding environment.
Learn More About Jasmine
I started taking Accounting classes in high school. In college, I thought I wanted to be a chemist, but realized that was not the career path that I wanted to pursue. So, I went back to studying Accounting, which really interested and fascinated me. My background is what got me started with the company, but along the way I got more involved with the Operations side of the business and have been learning and developing my career ever since.
I like the interaction within the entire organization, from the office staff to the field staff. It’s very rewarding to see how everyone within the company is contributing to shared goals and fulfilling the mission of TÜV SÜD. I think it’s so interesting that TÜV SÜD started 150 years ago, due to a boiler explosion. Boiler testing is at the heart of what ARISE does, so there is still a strong connection to the foundation of the company. Our roles are still as important today as they were 150 years ago.
Throughout my career, I have encountered a number of obstacles to overcome. I think it’s important to make sure that you are aware of not only the ultimate goal of the company, but also your own goals, to establish how you can best contribute in your position. I also believe developing an understanding of how things are done and why they are done in certain ways is extremely valuable to learn; shifting your perspective can optimize career growth and opportunities.
When I started at TÜV SÜD America I was a Project Coordinator. I was surrounded by engineers, and I was completely fascinated by what they were doing. I had all of these technical experts at my fingertips- and one of our female engineers in our San Diego office took me under her wing and mentored me. Because of her mentoring, and willingness to help me along my career journey I was able to pursue engineering as a career at TUV SUD America.
I’m now committed to getting girls interested in engineering at a young age, which is so important. I have a young daughter and she wants to be an engineer when she grows up. I like to expose her to toys that involve building simple circuits or projects that involve entry-level mechanics. In fact, her and I have bought a kit before where we’ve built an actual working stand for one of her dollhouses. Kids are just so fascinated by engineering so what we need to do to really step up is provide that opportunity and exposure to them at a young age. While I found my passion in engineering later in life, but that level of support and mentoring is critical.
Diversity at TÜV SÜD has always been an important factor as we consider the success of our people and the business. TÜV SÜD is committed to creating a safe and inclusive workspace that supports the varied interests of our female employees.
Companies who want to promote gender equality and inclusivity must help by providing support networks that allow for employees to grow in all directions – both in the office and beyond.
To learn more about what your company can do to promote gender diversity in the workplace, visit www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme