International Women's Day for me is a day of awareness as well as a celebration of how far we've all come. It's a day to bring to light the issues we are facing trying to build a balanced world and encourages us to have conversations with one another on what we think we as an individual can do to help. As much reflection as we do and talk about ways to improve, it is still a day for celebration. We have made it so far through the help of all those who fought for us and paved the way; for all the hard work they went through, we need to celebrate our achievements. The day is also a day for encouragement. We should all feel empowered to have our voice heard and encourage us to become mentors and leaders. I'm excited for International Women's Day because it's a day to celebrate, inspire and reflect. The balance for better starts at a young age. I believe working with our younger generation will set us up for success in the future and drive a positive attitude. Currently I see the problem being that diversity being a "number", I don't want us to be working towards meeting a specific quota because I see that drives a negative energy throughout an organization. We need to encourage our peers and leaders to think that the balance for better starts at fixing the root cause of the problem and not quick fixes by hiring x number of people to meet a number. We don't want to be characterized like that because it takes away from the merit of a candidate. I plan to encourage my teammates become more aware of the issue and understand how the impact of a false perception or negative attitude can hurt us from building a balanced future. Volunteering with younger kids and encouraging them to feel empowered can also help our next generation to enter the workforce with a positive attitude and passion for change. I'd like to encourage everyone to let their voice be heard, get involved and don't give up. As I said earlier, we're where we are now because of the people ahead of us paving the way and we should make it our job to continue with that mindset to set up the next generation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or challenge the thought process of a peer because talking to others and learning from each other is how we can become better individuals.
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