International Women’s Day (IWD) this week was such a proud moment to reflect and celebrate the amazing and fantastic achievements of all the beautiful women we have but especially at Flock.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by courageous women who constantly inspire and support each other and who are positively committed to Flock transforming the narrative and changing the future to enable all people to be their “authentic selves”.
As we reflect it is also a reminder on the road that lays ahead in equality, where women and men are treated the same. We are reminded of the importance of the courage it takes to challenge bias minds and inequality, and whilst Flock as others still have to improve further, we are making strides in having uncomfortable conversations and being brave to act on changing our behaviors particularly in closing the divide between women and men and forging a path forward together to shift mindsets and change our culture. We will not create a culture of inclusion and equity without men; both women and men must “press for progress” to elicit change.
We all have an opportunity to be accountable and change. Whether you are an employee or a leader in your workplace, you are responsible for the advancement of diversity and inclusion ensuring everyone is contributing and adding value.
Flock Associates and ISBA have partnered on this important subject to tackle the issue head on by developing a guide on taking practical steps for change. Really embracing diversity means redefining it within your company, perceiving and living it as an essential element across all of your values. Our guide sets out three main steps to elicit change to A.C.T. being accountable, collaborating and trading with diverse partners and businesses.
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” – Brené Brown
Diversity leadership is not just about accommodating differences. Its about challenging norms. As todays leaders we must accept our employees for who they are and challenge the barriers employees face advocating for change when necessary.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
It has been a week of mixed emotions, Ladies if you are feeling the same stand strong and let’s lean and lift each other. Find strength in the power of your choices and encourage the women around you to do the same
Keep your eyes peeled for our D&I guide coming soon!