This year's International Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge represents the idea of challenging norms related to gender equality to create change. At DSJ Global, we choose to challenge and promote gender diversity and inclusion.
Christine Corson, Director - End to End Supply Chain Recruitment, shares her thoughts on this year's theme, and how she chooses to challenge in her role.
What does the #ChooseToChallenge message mean to you?
Supply Chain is an industry with immense opportunities for candidates with all different backgrounds. Unfortunately, there are certain areas in the industry where women are significantly underrepresented. #ChooseToChallenge means that we empower our clients and candidates to stretch outside of their comfort zone in terms of the candidates they hire and opportunities they present.
What sort of conversations around gender equality do you have with your clients in your role? Has Covid-19 had an impact on gender equality?
Gender equality is always a hot topic in supply chain and is flagged as an area of focus for a lot of our searches. I expect that COVID's impact on remote working may actually help bridge the gender equality gap because less candidates will need to choose between balancing family and career.
What role can recruiters play in challenging norms and creating change?
Our role goes beyond finding talent. We have a great opportunity to empower our candidates and clients to take risks and have a great platform to share information with decision makers that can drive change.
What advice would you give to a company trying to create a diverse hiring strategy?
Get as much information as possible on the markets you're recruiting in and take risks with your hires. Candidates will find reasons to count themselves out if a role doesn't seem like a perfect fit on paper.
As a female leader, what advice would you give to other aspiring leaders in overcoming potential gender biases and achieving career success?
Focus on being the best at what you do and back yourself.
About Christine Corson
Christine is a Director and National Head for DSJ Global. She has nearly 6 years of experience recruiting and developing teams of recruiters in end to end supply chain across the US. As one of the first locally hired Female Directors in the US, gender diversity and equality is a cause she feels really passionate about.
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