#GirlBoss, Are We There Yet?
#GirlBoss Are We There Yet? Over the next few weeks will are taking a moment to interview members of the PR In Canada/ Profectio community as we discuss gender diversity, and have our guest share advice and thoughts on how women can excel in the business landscape. In our seventh episode we interview Liza Chalaidopoulos, Senior Manager, Content and Social Media at Home Trust Company.
How do you define #GirlBoss?
My instinct is to scream “It’s #WomanBoss!”. I find myself correcting people when they use the word “girl” when referring to a woman. When I hear #GirlBoss, I think about all the female leaders and influencers of tomorrow who will continue the fight for equality and balance. I think about how important it is for girls and young women to know that their gender shouldn’t limit their dreams. And I think about how far we’ve come in empowering women, but how much further we still have to go.
Was there a moment of pride when a fellow female in a leadership role did something that really inspired you?
Having co-chaired a women’s Employee Resource Group at a previous organization, I’ve had the privilege to connect with a lot of incredible women. We invited Samra Zafar to speak at one of our events and you could hear a pin drop during her talk. Her story of surviving abuse as a teenage bride is an example of the strength, courage and resilience that women possess.
Was there a personal moment of pride?
I dropped out of college the first time around. Going back to school when I was 28 and getting my Creative Advertising diploma was something I still can’t believe I did. I was living on my own, going to school during the day and working evenings and weekends at my mom’s restaurant to pay the bills. I had a lot of stressful days and sleepless nights but walking across the stage to receive my Honours diploma was one of the proudest moments of my life.
Any advice for aspiring women who aim to get into leadership roles?
If it’s important for you to get into a leadership role, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. Being a great leader is more than just having a title. I have people at all levels and in all industries reach out to me for advice because I have a perspective they respect and appreciate.
Anything that you noticed that might stop more women from excelling to leadership roles?
Self doubt. And I’m guilty of this occasionally. Sometimes you need to have a “fake-it-til-you-make-it” attitude to get you over the hump.
Two tips on how women can get recognized in the corporate world?
.Show results when asking for a raise; facts and data can’t be argued. Ask for a mid-year review and showcase your accomplishments so at year-end, they see your progression.
Who is a woman that you admire who has “crushed it” through successful having a strong work-life-balance?
Work-life balance, work-life integration… I’m not sure that using these terms are realistic in today’s always-on and always-available climate. I’d rather measure “crushing it” in terms of happiness and personal or professional successes/milestones.
2018 brought us #metoo and other movements, there has been some change, but more is needed. What would you like to see happen in 2019?
It’s great that more and more companies are recognizing the importance of female representation at senior levels and we should continue to push hard for this. But I think one of the best ways to ensure equality across the board is to raise more young ladies with the #GirlBoss mindset; it will help pave an easier road for them when they enter the workforce.
Equal pay has been an issue is the news more and more, will there be a time where equal pay is universal?
The fact that in 2019 women are still being paid less than man for the same work is beyond reprehensible. The time is now.