In the present war for talent, we cannot exclude 50% of the talent pool.
To represent a real world situation
I do not want to attend an event anymore where there are only #manels ! And I don't want to hear that there were no female speakers available ! It just not true - we need to try harder
Beyond my convictions, I experience in my daily professional life the added value of diversity. I expect to take advantage of this added value of diversity at every public event I attend.
Any event organizer who cannot find a female speaker with valuable experience, is simply not trying.
Adding women to panels will also inspire our female children to be proud of their expertise as they grow ... and our sons to call upon women as equals. So many benefits for such a small step.
Women should take every possible opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and have their voice heard.
Gender balance leads the way towards acceptance than that to move forward, we need to break out of the chains of social bias, prejudice and stern-typing.
Men alone are tiresome. And unrepresentative. And sooooo boring.
because we need everybody and everybody's skills
There is much work left to be done and I am fully on board to support and indeed, pledge to spread the gospel and support related endeavours for gender balance at public speaking events!
I want to share my experience to convince the younger female generation to never give up.
Women should be always at tables where policies, strategies, actions are shaped and discussed in all sectors: politics, human resources, ICT, banking, design.
We are all born equal, we need to remind everyone that everyone is equal, that plurality of opinions is the fundament of a just society and thus we need the voice of all, be it female or male, like ying and yang which only together make a whole!
Start with the end in mind, if you want gender equality then begin with the ground rules that Equilibre embody. For me it's all about being proative and fair. #NoWomenNoPanel and lead by example.
Unfair or exclusionary power structures (like the patriarchy/sexism, but also racism, xenophobia, homo/transphobia, classism, ableism, ageism, etc.) may have been around for as long as we can remember, but that's no reason to accept them.
The gender equality ball is running and it is imperative to keep the momentum at public speaking events, at work, at home...On top, all those men dominated events in Luxembourg are sooo boring.
To get a balanced prospective on a subject supports and enriches the dialogue further and drives towards a more inclusive environment.
We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as a woman and take the lead.
Gender balance is not only a matter of speaking but also a matter of speakers. Let's make it real beyond our words.
Gender balance at public speaking events is important for at least two main reasons: (i) it limits the debate and dynamism at the event, (ii) public speaking events are a mirror of society - a sustainable and cohesive society, which thrives forward, economically, socially and culturally needs gender balance.
J'ai toujours promu le mixité comme source de performance pour les entreprises. Cela passe par un changement du regard des hommes sur les femmes et donc leur implication comme expertes au même titre que leurs collègues masculins.
Indépendamment des questions de genre, la diversité est un atout créateur de valeur partagée pour toutes les organisations et un débat ne saurait prospérer sans cette diversité.