As Director of Sales Effectiveness at Scotiabank, as well as lead champion for Scotiabank’s Toronto Pride Employee Resource Group, Val Walls is always asking herself: How can I touch, move, inspire and make a difference? She shares how she’s driving change — and creating an inclusive vision of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans+) […]
By Teresa Harris Early last year, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down after several employees were ousted for their behaviour towards women, and the company was accused of fostering a toxic culture of sexism and harassment. In August 2017, James Damore, an engineer at Google, released a 10-page memo asserting women […]
With gender disparity a topic at the forefront of modern discourse, leading technology career platform Honeypot, has released the 2018 Women in Tech Index. The results offer a view on gender-based employment inequalities both at large and in the technology sector. In an effort to position themselves as industry experts, the developer-focused career […]
In the move towards workplace gender equality, progress is moving glacially slow on many key measures. Is that the way it has to be — or are we just making excuses? By Stephania Varalli In 2017, the World Economic Forum predicted we’d be closing the economic gender gap in 217 […]
Despite the business case for diversity, or perhaps because of it, organizations are facing backlash in efforts to achieve greater equality. Alyson Colón along with Sarah Kaplan, keynote speaker of the upcoming Radical Change Summit, explain why they believe that the solution will be innovation. By Sarah Kaplan and Alyson Colón […]
As the banking industry goes through a digital transformation, there’s a “war for talent,” says Kyle McNamara, Executive Vice President, Global Retail Banking Technology at Scotiabank. And if companies want the best and the brightest in their ranks, women need to be on the frontlines. By Shelley White “Technology is fundamentally […]
We all know it should be a priority, but how do we begin to make it one? Terri Hartwell Easter of T.H. Easter Consulting, a leading employee engagement, diversity and inclusion management, and human resources management firm based in Maryland, U.S., weighs in. By Terri Hartwell Easter You cannot pick up a […]
This article was first published on the EVE Blog. The EVE Program is an international intercompany leadership seminar for women and “enlightened men” to take more risks and move upwards in the company. By Michael Kaufman Recently I was speaking to a vice president of a major bank. He was concerned about […]
Many of the men in power today grew up in a time when a woman’s only place was in the home. Research shows we’re still carrying around those gender stereotypes. Could the highest of glass ceilings be propped up by antiquated perceptions? By Teresa Harris Over 3,000 world leaders descended upon the […]
Carolina Parra is the Vice President of Corporate and Commercial Risk at Scotiabank Chile. She’s also a mother, wife, and adamant advocate for the value of diversity, recognizing that when a diverse group of talented individuals is heard, incredible things can happen for both business and culture. By Shelley White Carolina Parra is an […]
Today Great Places to Work® announced their list of the Best Workplaces in Canada for Women in 2017. To qualify, organizations needed to be Great Place to Work Certified™ within the past year, have a minimum of 50 female employees, and provide a male/female breakdown by job level. The employees surveyed at the organizations on […]
Caroline Riseboro leads Plan International Canada’s operations as President and CEO. Previously she held roles at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, as well as World Vision Canada, where she was the first and youngest woman in the agency’s history to serve in the SVP role. Her volunteer leadership positions span across numerous boards and […]
Marian Lawson, Executive Vice-President of Global Financial Institutions and Transaction Banking with Scotiabank, believes that corporate championing of diversity is good for not only minorities, but for businesses as well. Here she explains how not only bringing new perspectives to the forefront, but making those perspectives heard, benefits the capital markets sector. By Shelley White […]
Mary Ann Turcke is President, Digital Media and NFL Network. With nearly two decades spent leading both Canadian and American companies, she knows more than a thing or two about what it means to be a woman with power – and what it will take to create more of them. As an influential figure in the Canadian business […]
Despite there being nearly 14% of Canadians living and working with a disability, in our ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, questions of accessibility can sometimes be overlooked. Scotiabank wants to change that, not only to benefit the employee, but because of what they’ve discovered—it’s simply good business. By Shelley White One billion people — […]
The importance of innovation in business is undisputed. Tapping into diversity as a driver of innovation is a newer concept — but it is already proving its worth. Dubie Cunningham, vice-president of innovation at the Digital Factory at Scotiabank, shares why and how diversity has been a key driver of success. By Shelley White Diversity in […]
Achieving true equality is a challenge, particularly for countries that value traditional gender roles in both the workplace and household. We spoke with Santiago Perdomo, President of Banco Colpatria, to discover how one of Colombia’s largest financial institutions is advocating for change and leading by example. By Shelley White Santiago Perdomo is looking forward to the day […]
Donald Trump and his campaign are damaging to women, and the effects are going to last longer than November 8. By Stephania Varalli Remember 2012? The most talked about gender equality issue to come up in that presidential election was Romney’s “Binders full of women.” Four years later, and we’ve lowered the bar down — […]
The stigma associated with mental health issues in the workplace leave them too often hidden or ignored. We spoke with Jennifer Douglas, executive champion for the Scotiabank Alliance for Mental Health, to learn how one major financial institution is working towards solving the problem. By Shelley White Each week, up to half a million Canadians miss a […]
By Jan Frolic, Vice President, Corporate Sponsorships, Women of Influence Let me tell you what happened when I started to write an article on advocating for diversity in the workplace. I. Freaked. Out. Why? Because I only have my own personal experience to draw from. And to be frank, I am privileged. Sure, I have had […]
Take a moment to imagine a world in which gender equality is a reality. Girls around the globe have access to the same educational opportunities as boys do. Women earn the same wages as their male counterparts and hold 50 per cent of senior management positions. Males and females are equally represented amongst the ranks of board chairs, CEOs, and political leaders.
Anne Rader hasn’t let disability slow her down. In fact, she’s helped empower women and others living with disabilities to be economically stable and self-sufficient through her extensive work in American policy and healthcare.
“Every single person has biases, whether we’re willing to recognize them or not. Yet if you ask most people if they’re part of the problem, they’ll automatically say ‘No.’”
Are you privileged? It’s a question I don’t think we ask ourselves often enough. And when we do, I don’t think we always answer it honestly. Or maybe “knowingly” is the more appropriate term. In the same way that unconscious bias impacts how we judge individuals, it can be just as challenging to hold an unbiased view of ourselves.