As we support International Women’s Day and this year’s theme of #BalanceforBetter, we celebrate the achievements of women all over the world. Over the past couple of years, we have witnessed ground-breaking women’s empowerment movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up, and it’s been no secret just how huge the impact these campaigns have had on society.
There’s been a heightened global consciousness that surround women and the inhibitions that many may encounter during their day-to-day lives, both personally and in the workplace. So, what are consulting firms doing to help support gender equality and women in the workplace?
At CBPartners, we celebrate diversity and drive equality through an initiative called Women@CBP. The initiative encourages the success of women in consulting while in an environment that promotes growth and development.
Some of the core values of this initiative focus on increasing aspirations and confidence through:
- Bringing women at the firm together. Creating a support network that provides cross-level camaraderie and informal mentorship.
- Offering competitive benefits. These are designed to supplement existing state or federal leave allowances for maternity and paternity leave.
- Creating different models of success. Ensuring women know that there is more than one route and that there is no stereotype for this.
- Encouraging day-to-day interactions. Engaging in normal conversations which promote positive and constructive feedback about the challenges women regularly face.
- Supporting the whole person. Managing the work-life balance and acknowledging the pressures individuals face; recognising they’re not just a worker.
This year’s top three priorities for Women@CBP are directly linked to #IWD2019 and reinforce our commitment to a gender balanced workforce:
Balancing work and life
To have balance in both your work and personal life is important to everyone. It is not dependent on your age, sex or position. Balance helps people to feel in control and helps promote positive health and wellbeing among employees.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Monica expressed: “After a long week of travel and work, biking is a great way to get outside, explore new areas, and spend time with family – it has become a big part of my weekend routine and provides the opportunity to clear your mind and relax!”
Recognising the desire for work-life balance helps to drive an environment where people are happier and more productive.
Senior Analyst, Ismail said: “While I picked up distance running years after college, it has become a significant part of my life and I use it as a way to disconnect and clear my head. Through volunteering for running events in New York, I also joined a unique community, helping others achieve their personal bests”.
He added: “CBPartners has now given me the opportunity to work from Minneapolis where I ran my first marathon and met my wife; helping me balance my family, my career, and my passion for spending hours on my feet.”
Leadership and mentorship
It is incredibly powerful to have inspirational role models in every level of a company. These individuals are people that are relatable, and who make others feel as though their goals are achievable. CBPartners is proud to say that we have a female Managing Director, Principal and multiple female Managers. We encourage, support and celebrate all employees throughout their professional lives.
Manager, Wenting explained: “Work-life balance allows me to enjoy different roles as a daughter, wife, mother, and manager, which means more quality time with my family and being productive at work.”
Principal, Bami said: “I have always participated in a classical choir since I was young. Being able to switch off from everyday focuses and concentrate on singing brings me both mental and physical relief. Continuing this alongside my job at CBPartners has been challenging, but our teams operate on a mutual understanding that personal activities are important and will remain sacred.”
Diversity, inclusion and awareness
Through training sessions and Women@CBP sponsored events, we continue to educate the firm about challenges faced by women in the industry. Whether we’re hearing from an inspirational guest speaker like Michelle Stacy, watching informative documentaries about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or going to see live shows with guests like Katherine Viner and Deborah Francis-White – we push for awareness about unconscious bias and gender equality.
CBPartners operates overall with a 54% female workforce with a 52% male to 48% female split of managers across the company.
CBPartners celebrates diversity and is committed to creating a fair and welcoming environment for all employees to reach their full potential at the firm. The Women@CBP initiative was established to ensure that the entire firm remains actively aware of challenges faced by women in this industry so that we can take measures to counteract push and pull factors before they affect our talent pool.