In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating women excelling in traditionally male-dominated industries.
Today is International Women’s Day, and we’re celebrating women excelling in traditionally male-dominated industries and exhibiting a strong call to #PressforProgress. Get to know the women, then join the conversation as we chat about female empowerment, finding balance and so much more.
Alex. Alex is an Actress, Director and the Head of the Women in Film Initiative for the Mammoth Film Festival.
Nicole. Nicole is a the Director of Information Security at The Honest Company, where she oversees the Information Security program and acts as the interim-director of IT. Prior to the Honest Company, she spent 8 years at The Walt Disney Company working in various technology and security roles.
Heidi. Heidi is a Client Partner at Facebook Los Angeles, where she focuses on building strong partnerships and digital marketing strategies across a of portfolio of some of the largest eCommerce businesses in LA. Her work touches on mobile marketing, social strategy, revenue attribution, and creative.
Alyse. Alyse is a Partner at LPG. Prior to joining LGP, she had been in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston (formerly DLJ) in their Los Angeles office. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Aersale, Aspen Dental, CHG Healthcare Services, ExamWorks, MDVIP, Prospect Medical, RestorixHealth, and U.S. Renal Care.
Kara-Lee. Kara-Lee is an Assistant Professor in Radiology at UCLA, with a clinical focus on Breast Imaging and Pediatric Imaging. Her research, community activities and program building have focused on global health research and education.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress. What does that mean for you, either in your career, at your company or in your industry as a whole?
For me, #PressforProgress means getting the young girls, and really any people that are underrepresented, into these types of fields, and letting them know that this is a choice for you and you can succeed at it. There are a lot of good groups out there, but I still want to do my part and I think we all need to do our part in whatever kind of area that we are passionate about. — Nicole
I think the risk is almost tokenism. ‘We’ve checked the black woman box, or the woman box. Okay we can move on.’ That’s not enough progress. I think we need to make sure it’s not okay. We have to keep pressing to make sure there’s the next generation and a bigger generation behind us. — Alyse
In medicine, you’ll see quotes that 50% of people who go to medical school are women, however the percentage of practicing physicians is closer to 20-40%, depending on what specialty. Some specialties obviously have more women than men, but very few. So why is that? Is it because right when we get out of training we’re ready to have babies? We need to look at the reasons that it’s happening, and we need to look at how we can better balance our careers when we do have babies. It’s definitely a mental struggle that I never knew about before I had a kid. We need to talk about that openly, especially in medicine. — Kara-Lee
I think when women start to go back to work after they’ve had their first or second kid, we do run into challenges that are very unique to our gender. I think what we see as women is that our children really need us, sometimes even physically, especially when going back to work. So one of the things that I’m working on with women in my office is how do we start to welcome women back and make them feel like they have a trusted to place at work to talk about these issues and get support. And how do we start to train their managers to support these women during this process. — Heidi
For the full #PressforProgress panel discussion, watch the Facebook live broadcast below: