International Women’s Day (March International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender inclusivity.
Balance for Better in the Workplace
This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter. We know balance is not just a women’s issue: it’s a business issue. Whether that means achieving balance in the boardroom, or balance at home, balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
West Monroe’s Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) is an employee resource group that helps women thrive at West Monroe. We work with the entire firm to foster an inclusive culture and work toward balance.
West Monroe strives to build a culture that is supportive of our many talented women and to continue to grow the ranks of women at our firm, especially in senior leadership. We believe gender-balanced teams deliver better work, are more relatable to our clients, and help us recruit and retain the best and brightest.
Build a Culture that Supports a Work-Life Balance
In addition, in a demanding profession like consulting, conversations about “balance” often focus on work/life integration. To increase our retention of women and help both men and women grow into the next generation of leaders at West Monroe, we know we must provide a culture that supports balance when our employees need it—whether that’s a flexible schedule to accommodate child or elder care or the exploration of a new career path within the firm. We think it’s important to share these stories to create awareness of people have creatively addressed challenges in balancing career and personal goals with the support of the firm.
The WLN reached out to our colleagues to find out what #BalanceforBetter means to them and how West Monroe has supported them. Here’s what they had to say:
“The value and importance of increasing gender balance in the workplace is twofold: both that more gender balance leads to better performing teams and that it is simply the right thing to do.”
- Shayan Ahmad, Experienced Consultant, Healthcare & Life Sciences
“I appreciate how my managers and career advisor don’t just listen when I address projects that have been inducing stress on my personal life, but that they take action to help improve the situation or get me onto new, more balanced, work.”
Emily Grayson, Consultant, Operations Excellence
“To me, balance from a consulting perspective means creating teams of men and women of various personalities, ages, backgrounds, and experience — like a beautiful quilt that is so much more compelling than any single square.”
Penny Wand, Director, Technology
“When I became a parent, it was important to me to be home to not only help at home but also to participate in the development of my kids. West Monroe Partners was able to align me to non-traveling projects to allow this flexibility which was not only personally meaningful, but helped my wife continue to grow in her career as well.”
Dennis Donald, Senior Manager, Technology
“The path to workplace gender equality is at the individual level. As a first step, West Monroe men can be allies to their female colleagues. In parallel, I encourage WMP women to advocate for themselves and each other, and constructively share feedback if they observe behaviors that do not support workplace gender equality.”
Lauren Choate, Manager, Healthcare and Life Sciences
“West Monroe supported my pursuit of a graduate degree and worked with me to create a part-time and flexible work schedule, which allowed me to get the most out of grad school while continuing my professional development with the firm.”
Jessica Vincent, Senior Consultant, Technology
“To build a more gender-balanced company and society, we need to give women an equal seat at the table. As a woman in tech, one of the most impactful things in my career at WMP has been working under managers who value my opinion and encourage me to take the reins.”
Marin Gow, Experienced Consultant, Technology
What does balance mean to you as you celebrate International Women’s Day? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.