Today we hear from Jenny Chen an Inside Sales Associate from SAP.
What do you think of when you hear gender parity?
That is an interesting question because I really don’t even think about the words “gender parity” since we live in Canada with education so readily available to both genders.
Since SAP is a global company gender parity is an important issue where we are putting emphasis on and we are doing great things.
|On the international women’s day website they have Pledge for Parity pledge topics: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/Pledge-For-Parity .
Which one do you resonate with?
All of them are important but the one I would choose is “Challenge unconscious and conscious bias.”
This is unquantifiable and we should take extra time to think about it.
Have you ever caught yourself with an unconscious bias?
Sometimes I am guilty of reacting to a friend’s feelings as being “emotional” and the bias there is society sees being emotional as a female reaction, as opposed to human reaction. We all catch ourselves with the unconscious bias, but I think it is how we deal with our unconscious bias that is most important.
|What do you see happening in the workplace around gender?
When I was in a group interview for a sales position, I noticed there were significantly less women at the interview than men. Especially in sales, I see there being a big gender gap.
|Are quotas useful?
In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have a gender quota.
The world is made up of 50% of women so the boards should reflect that.
I think Justin Trudeau with his cabinet choices is taking the lead on this.
|What would bring us closer to gender parity? How would you personally change gender parity if you could?|
|Personally I see there is a lot of women at the entry level positions along with men and then they taper off for some reason. I believe we need more women in leadership.|
|SAP has done a great job to help women with to build up their confidence and into a leadership role.|
|I don’t know if we’ll ever be at 50/50 but we need to create programs for women to empower themselves and each other.|
|The GIRLsmarts4tech program is great because it focuses on starting younger.|
|We need to have more spotlight on senior women to help empower other women that yes it is possible. It is ok to have fun while doing their job. Reference to Jenny Dearborn and Jen Morgan. Jen Morgan rode in on a motorcycle at the sales kickoff and then went on to talk about the 2016 strategy.
Thanks Jenny for your insight. Keep in touch with us @BWTvancouver.
All the best
Steph Redivo (Social Media co-lead)