Women@Digital In The Americas
Advisory Board Members
The Women@Digital group and Advisory Board settled on the following three objectives:
Collaborate: Learn from our collective experiences and create diverse and inclusive workplace environments through practical action
Co-create: Become the preeminent adviser on Board-level digital agenda
Contribute: Inspire women to pursue careers in digital and support like-minded groups to drive more widespread social change
A common theme in all three objectives is “the power of ‘we’ ”—meaning our drive and capacity to make a tangible difference, both for our respective organizations and for the broader business community.
How can we collectively do something spectacular?
The Women@Digital group and Advisory Board met for the first time in early 2019 to connect with one another and set their objectives moving forward. We discussed what success in the digital space looks like—and how to pave the way for more women to reach it.
Our Advisory Board members encouraged leading, however possible, be it formal or informal:
“Have the confidence to ask questions.” —Viviane Sabat, Mastercard
“We need to lead by example. I am very public with my team; for example, if my daughter is coming to town, I work from home to be with her. I am also very vocal about working out – I am a Zumba fanatic.” —Charisse Jacques, Symphony RetailAI
“Create an environment where women can thrive, are not afraid, have a connection, and feel that they’re part of the team. I seek diversity in recruitment and sponsor women in tech. We always undersell our value—everyone needs to know their value.” —Lee Ann Murray, Manulife
When asked to reflect on their own careers, the Advisory Board shared personal accomplishments, as well as the networks that helped them find, grasp, and take full advantage of career opportunity:
“I believe career growth is driven by two key factors: Internally, it is staying true to your core values (or true North) with a focus on delivering value to the company and those around you. Externally, it is finding leaders who will give you opportunities. I have always been fortunate to have great bosses who were willing to bet on me and some that even mentored me. My current boss is someone that really knows how to drive ordinary people to do extraordinary things. I try to learn from him every day.” —Ann Dozier, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
“Two things are critical for me: First is grit and perseverance and learning from success and adversity. Second is being direct and providing and seeking timely feedback to gain ongoing learning & improvement for best results.” —Cristina Rieppi, NPD Group
“To get an opportunity, you can either knock on the door and ask; or take the opportunity and then learn how to do it. Ask questions. Take a chance and believe in yourself.” —Lee Ann Murray, Manulife
We also made an initial commitment to our Contribute objective in a social impact discussion session with 15 women entrepreneurs aligned with DivInc, an Austin-based incubator for women and people of color.
The group discussed how to transition from being a successful entrepreneur to a successful executive. A few key themes emerged from this discussion:
- How to stand by the values you preach, especially as your operation grows
- The importance of building a strong, reliable team that will execute going forward
- How to be an open leader—and how this requires feeling comfortable with vulnerability
- How to find and engage with advisors and stakeholders who are excited about the company