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IWD 2024: Championing inclusivity and empowering women in technology leadership
Thu, 7th Mar 2024

As the leader of GRG, I am deeply committed to reshaping the narrative and empowering underrepresented groups, especially mothers returning to the workforce in the technology sector. At GRG, we acknowledge the immense potential of these individuals and embrace their valuable insights to drive innovation in our industry.

As we commemorate International Women's Day under the theme "Inspire Inclusion," it deeply resonates with our mission to foster a work environment where women feel valued, included, and empowered. Our commitment to embracing returning career mothers is not just a business strategy but a testament to our belief in creating a diverse and supportive workplace that propels progress and social impact.

Reflecting on GRG's journey from its start-up roots to becoming an industry leader, I see a clear thread: an unwavering dedication to inclusivity. This core value has propelled our company to excel as a hub for creativity and technological innovation, providing all our team members, including working mothers, not just with a job, but with a career that celebrates and uplifts them.

At GRG, our diverse team shapes a suite of services that are as varied as they are revolutionary. From disruptive campaigns leveraging the latest tech trends to sophisticated analytics that turn data into strategy, we are at the forefront of the media industry. My role has been to ensure that our innovations are matched by an equally innovative approach to team development, offering mentorship, growth, and leadership opportunities that recognise the unique journeys of our team members, especially mothers.

This International Women's Day, we spotlight not just the concept of inclusion but its practical application at GRG. We stand as proof that a technology-based company can excel in its domain while fostering a culture where diversity and empathy are the cornerstones of our business strategy. We are creating a space where mothers in tech not only contribute but lead and shape the future.

Balancing Work and Personal Life

The challenge of balancing work and personal life, especially for female leaders who may need to step down to focus on family and health, raises questions about whether it's possible for women to "have it all." Additionally, developing leadership skills amidst these challenges emphasises the need for workplaces to understand and support the multiple demands faced by working mothers.

Embracing Leadership and Inclusivity

My journey to becoming CEO at GRG, as a woman in a male-dominated industry, serves as a testament to my commitment to innovation and a people-first approach. My ascent to a leadership position exemplifies the power of growth, vision, and a deep connection with the business I helped shape. Emphasising empathy, respect, and inclusivity, I champion a culture that leaves a lasting impact on society.

Embracing Opportunities and Leadership

Saying "yes" to the right opportunities that align with personal and organisational goals is crucial for women in leadership positions. While it's important to set boundaries and say "no" to tasks that don't contribute to personal or professional growth, embracing challenges and opportunities that push one out of their comfort zone is essential for effective leadership.

How can women develop their leadership skills?

Investing in the mothers at GRG is an investment in the future of technology and media. I am proud to lead a company that daily demonstrates that an inclusive environment is more than a moral imperative; it's a competitive advantage that drives innovation and creativity. In looking ahead to the future, it's important to inspire individuals, especially women, to enhance their leadership abilities. Instead of simply promoting the idea of saying 'no' more often, a balanced approach is key. It's about knowing when to decline tasks that don't contribute to personal or organisational growth. While in the past, it may have been necessary to refuse menial duties, the situation has changed. Women shouldn't feel pressured to take on administrative roles; instead, they should focus on accepting opportunities that challenge and propel them forward.

True leadership goes beyond job titles; it relies on the ability to drive important initiatives and influence others. To achieve this, active participation and strategic decision-making are crucial, creating an environment where women can excel as impactful leaders. Leadership isn't just about the salary level. It's about your capacity to accomplish necessary tasks and lead others along the way.