As a celebration for Women’s History Month, we want to recognize the amazing work that women are currently doing to improve the workplace culture and create an equal opportunity for everyone. These women are just a few of many that are dedicating their work to change the workforce for the better.
Cindy Pace: Moving the Needle on Women Leadership
Cindy Pace is the Vice President and Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at MetLife. She has made strides in creating paths and opportunities for underrepresented women to obtain leadership roles in the workforce. At MetLife, along with her other position at Pfizer, she created the inaugural global gender diversity initiatives and inclusive talent programs, which allowed higher positions to be filled with more diversity and gave a chance to those who may not have had it. She pushed to improve gender equality and diversity at both MetLife and Pfzier, creating inclusive culture and allowing women to succeed. Her efforts are widely recognized by many different notable organizations such as UN Women and UN Global Impact, Forbes, The National Association for Female Executives, McKinsey, The Women’s Forum of New York. In addition, she has been named one of the Elite 100 Women Black Women Executives Changing the Face of Corporate America by Diversity Women Media.
Oona King: Pushing to Close the Gender Pay Gap
Oona King is the first Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Snap. Prior to her work in Diversity and Inclusion, she started her career as a politician. King was the second woman of color to be elected to the British Parliament in 1997 and was appointed King Baroness of Bow in 2011. In 2016, King brought up an amendment to Parliament made it a requirement for all companies in the UK have to post their gender pay gap. This made the pay gap visible to the public, allowing for people to see the inequality with pay. This has had great impact not only on the UK but also Silicon Valley. Then in 2016, she transitioned to a position at Google being Youtube’s Director of Diversity Strategy in 2016. Throughout her career, she is recognized for promoting collaboration and encouraging young students to obtain success.
Iris Bohnet: Using Science and Psychology to combat gender Bias
Iris Bohnet is a behavioral economist, a Business and Government Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program. She integrates information from both psychology and economics to improve decision-making centered around gender and cultural inclusivity. In her award-winning book, What Works: Gender Equality by Design, she utilizes research and data that has been collected by different companies, universities and governments to explain that things can be done to improve gender bias and performance. In 2021, Bohnet was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council of G7, and she was named one of the most influential people in Gender Policy in 2018 and 2019 by apolitical.
Dr. Freada Kapor Klein: Opening doors to opportunities for all
Dr. Freada Kapor Klein is the founder of Level Playing Field Institute, a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital and a founding member of Project Include. In these organizations, she focuses on creating opportunities for underrepresented communities and creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace in all. Level Playing Field Institute intends to provide an equal opportunity to everyone in higher education and the workforce and improve diversity in leadership roles. Kapor Capital invests in small, start-up tech companies committed to creating equal opportunities and better outcomes for low-income communities of color. Kapor Capital also has a strong focus on diversity and believes that it’s at the core of many solutions to other problems. Lastly, Project Include is a non-profit that uses data to increase diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. All the important work Klein is doing at these companies focuses on creating a more inclusive and diverse workplace and paving the way to success for those who don’t get equal opportunities.
Michelle Kim: Educating to create sustainable change
Michelle Kim is a social justice activist who has been working to create change for underrepresented groups in the workforce and in society as a whole. She is the CEO and co-founder of Awaken, which provides inclusion and equity education programs with the intention to spark meaningful change in the workplace. In her book, Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change, she shares principles that are commonly missing in conversations around diversity and inclusion (DEI), how we can work together and what we can do individually to create real change.
She is currently on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality and has previously been a part of many other organizations: the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Advisory Committee, LYRIC nonprofit’s Board of Directors, and Build Tech We Trust Coalition.
These women are paving the way so that everyone can have equal opportunity no matter their background, race, ethnicity, etc. Each in their own way, are diversifying the workforce, making it easier for minorities to be successful and to reach higher leadership positions. They are working so we can see equality in the workplace and beyond.
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