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.
What I value most about my job is the people. Everyone I have met here is genuinely committed to our customers. Because of that, we foster a very collaborative and supportive work environment, and understanding different cultures and backgrounds is critical to this.
I had an incredible experience living in Germany for two years, where I worked with numerous people across the European Union. Because of this opportunity, I have a better understanding of various cultures and their approach to business. I have also learned that proper communication is key when leading a team or negotiating with a customer. Without great communication, a company’s content and message may be conveyed in the wrong way.
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.
I really have two philosophies that I embrace in life and in work.
The first is that I believe you should always be your authentic self both in your personal life as well as at work. When I am true to myself by aligning what I do with who I am as a person, I feel more grounded and confident that I am bringing my best to everything I do.
The second is around work/life balance. In this always ‘on’ and connected world, it is easy to get lost trying to find this so-called balance. I believe that the key is not to try to find a balance, but instead to allow yourself to prioritize each over the other when appropriate and not feel guilty about doing so.
I value collaboration and inclusiveness, and I am a firm believer in the importance of teamwork and cultural diversity. TÜV SÜD shares these same values. Every day, I have the opportunity to work with teams comprised of people from all over the world, and I love the insights and ideas that come from this.
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
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