Samina Subedar, VP, Marketing, StorCentric

“Research shows that companies with a diverse workforce are more innovative, better prepared for decision-making and perform better financially than their homogeneous counterparts. Armed with that knowledge, it’s important to take stock of our accomplishments this Women’s Equality Day and reflect on where we can improve by recognizing who gets left behind. When we speak of women’s equality, we must factor in race, socioeconomic status, ability, religious beliefs and so much more. The poet Audre Lorde captured this sentiment when she said, ‘I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.’ Protests and conversations in support of equality have reinforced the importance of promoting a voice for all. As leaders, we have the opportunity to extend access to opportunities to women of all backgrounds. Diversity is good for business, but it’s also important to embrace our differences, fight prejudice, and actively promote inclusivity and equality in the workplace, now and in the future.”