Inspiring inclusion at Spencer Ogden this International Women's Day

​International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th every year to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally. It also serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and women's rights. The theme for International Women's Day 2024 is #InspireInclusion.

When we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

​What is Spencer Ogden doing to #InspireInclusion?

  • ​At Spencer Ogden, we're committed to reshaping the landscape of the recruitment industry, recognising that the recruitment industry is heavily dominated by males, both at a Junior level and Senior Management level. A goal of ours is to help females develop strong, long-term careers at Spencer Ogden and to improve female representation across the business. In our 2022 ED&I report, we are proud to highlight significant strides in female representation across America, witnessing an impressive 11% increase from 45% to 56%. Moreover, at the senior level, we've seen a commendable 6% rise, elevating female representation in leadership from 24% to 30%. 

​Our Women In Leadership Programme

​In the EMEA region, our ED&I workshops have provided a platform for our employees to contribute ideas on fostering a more inclusive environment at SO. This collaborative effort has led to the development of initiatives such as our Women in Leadership community.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Katie Campbell, a Recruitment Consultant stationed at our Glasgow office, who shared her enthusiasm and the significant value she has gleaned from participating in the 'Women in Leadership' sessions.

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Why did you join the WIL community?

I joined the WIL community, because I believe in the power of diversity and inclusion in leadership roles. As a woman aspiring to grow and make an impact in my career, I recognise the importance of connecting with like-minded individuals who share similar goals and challenges, especially in a male dominated industry like Recruitment. 

I find the WIL sessions incredibly insightful and empowering. Each session offers a unique opportunity to delve into topics relevant to women's leadership, such as overcoming barriers, building confidence, and navigating career advancement in general. I always come away from the sessions with new insights, practical tips, and feeling sense of motivation to pursue my career goals.

In my opinion, the WIL community has the potential to inspire inclusivity in several ways. Firstly, by providing a platform where women from diverse backgrounds can come together, share their experiences, and support one another, the community creates a sense of belonging and acceptance. 

Secondly, the WIL community can inspire inclusivity by promoting education and awareness around issues of diversity and inclusion. By organising workshops, seminars, and discussions on topics such as unconscious bias, privilege, and allyship, the community can equip its members with the knowledge and tools to actively promote inclusivity in their workplaces and communities.

Additionally, the community can serve as a catalyst for change by advocating for policies and practices that promote diversity and inclusion in leadership roles. By utilising the collective influence and power of its members, the community can push for greater representation of women and underrepresented groups in decision-making positions, ultimately creating more inclusive environments where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

As we celebrate the remarkable achievements of women across the globe, as a leading recruitment firm specializing in the renewable energy and infrastructure sectors, we acknowledge the contributions women make to our workplaces, communities, and society at large.

At Spencer Ogden, we believe that gender diversity is fundamental to the success and vitality of our teams. Through initiatives like our 'Emerging Leaders' program, we actively nurture both women and men within our organization, providing Learning & Development opportunities to cultivate future leaders. Our commitment extends to fostering an inclusive environment where individuals of all genders can flourish and realize their potential.

Inspiring inclusion at Spencer Ogden this International Women's Day
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Author
Spencer Ogden
Posted
19 MAR 2024
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"Insight"
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