International Women’s Day 2021

International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day which takes place on Monday 8 March, IQ-EQ will drive a number of internal initiatives and activities to mark the occasion, including the launch of our very own Elevate programme.

Elevate is a bespoke women in leadership development programme combining self-study, mentoring workshops and one-to-one meetings. This programme is available to all women in IQ-EQ, those starting out in their career, returning to work after a career break or for the more experienced who are taking the next step in their career. To find out more, click here.

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In addition, among a host of #ChooseToChallenge selfies and local celebrations, some of our colleagues also penned blog posts about women who inspire them.

There are many women who can inspire us...

Rachel Aldridge, Managing Director, Lawson Conner part of IQ-EQ

Rachel provides a list of inspiring women from politicians to musicians, but also encourages us to love what we do and have a positive impact on the lives of those around us.

(Be) The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Joyce Sarandi, Senior Accountant, IQ-EQ

Joyce pens a list of modern women who are an inspiration from Greta Thunburg to Emma Watson but concludes that it’s the women around her that are the most concrete and highly inspiring and influential, namely her mother and grandmother.

Two paths

Lindsay Smith, Chief Administration Officer, Constellation Advisers part of IQ-EQ

Lindsay reflects on what it is like to be a working mother, taking inspiration from an incredible role model, her own mother. Watching her mother grow a career while raising children, she now follows in her mother’s footsteps.

The importance of role modelling and inspiring

Chris Marsden, Group General Counsel, IQ-EQ

In Chris’ blog, he shares discussions with his two young daughters about women leading the fight against Covid-19 from Professor Sarah Gilbert working on vaccines to Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand leading a country out of the pandemic.

Choose your attitude

Tracy Tsang, Internal Communications Manager, IQ-EQ

Tracy met Debra Searle, a successful adventurer, TV presenter and business women. In her blog Tracy shares how she was inspired by Debra’s bravery and resilience as she rowed solo in an Atlantic Rowing Race that took her on an incredible journey of self-discovery.

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Behind every successful woman, is HERSELF
Cindy Jansen-Wong, Corporate Manager

Cindy discusses the meaning of feminism and gender equality and highlights the momentum starting to build in this regard, both within the professional sphere and more broadly across the globe, as women realise their power and believe in themselves.

Nothing can hold you back if you really want it
Aishel Báez Lara, Principal, FATCA CRS

Based on her own experience, Aishel is a firm believer that women can achieve anything they set their minds to. To illustrate her point, she shares her own story and how she has never taken no for an answer when pursuing her career goals.

The Balancing Act: How to juggle an exciting job and motherhood
Sherizia Razzaque, Group Marketing Lead, Segments

Having become a mother just last year, Sherizia offers her advice for fellow young leaders seeking to balance motherhood with life in a fast-paced professional environment.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams
David Wild, Group Chief Risk Officer

Last but not least, our male colleagues have been equally supportive of this initiative!

Revealing his love of the late great Doris Day (!), David recalls a recent breakfast conversation with his two ambitious young daughters and expresses his sincere hope that as they find their way in the world it will be within a society that recognises, supports and celebrates their potential, regardless of gender.