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International Women's Day 2020: An Interview with Stephanie Barner

Posted on March 2020

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​The race is on for a gender equal workforce throughout the supply chain. Women now occupy 39% of the total supply chain workforce but only 11% of C-suite positions. Stephanie Barner, Recruitment Consultant - Procurement & Sourcing at DSJ Global , discusses the unique position that recruiters play in furthering gender equality in end-to-end supply chain.

The 2020 International Women’s Day theme is that an equal world is an enabled world. What does that mean to you in end-to-end supply chain?

The beauty behind the recruitment industry is we are given the opportunity to present opportunities to candidates regardless of their gender. We present opportunities to people base on candidates hard work within their career and their merit. We also make sure our clients are compensating our candidates based on merit and skills for excelling within the job, not based on gender. By focusing our efforts on recruiting individuals based on this alone, we are further equality for all. To me this embodies the theme #EachForEqual.

Is gender equality a topic that often comes up in conversations with your clients?

Creating a gender diverse supply chain is a topic at the forefront of our clients minds. Within procurement we have great examples of female leaders making an impact, however, there are still certain industries and areas of supply chain where women should be more represented, especially at the leadership level.

What role can recruiters play in creating an equal world?

As a recruiter, I believe it is important and our responsibility to present opportunities to anyone that is versed in the types of skills of clients are looking for in order to complete the job. Recruiters can change peoples lives by focusing on this attribute. Here at DSJ Global, all of our recruiters focus only on what the candidate can bring to the table in regards to talent. We can also share insights with our clients on strategies to help attract and secure more female talent.

What advice would you give to a company trying to create a diverse hiring strategy?

I tell clients to look at the talent, heart, and drive of candidates when making hiring decisions regardless of their gender. Also I encourage clients to share stories of female in leadership at their organization, to help show female candidates how they can progress to leadership in a company.


Stephanie Barner is a Recruitment Consultant at DSJ Global, specializing in procurement and sourcing recruitment for the life sciences industries in particular.  For advice on how to create a diverse hiring strategy in end-to-end supply chain, get in touch with the DSJ Global team.

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