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While International Women’s Day—observed on March 8 every year—historically has been a focal point in the women’s movement, its messages of equality, diversity, and inclusion are broadly applicable. This year’s theme of #balanceforbetter – which celebrates the belief that a balanced world is a better world – is particularly resonant to us at RevGen.
Everything we do at RevGen is rooted in our conviction that our differences strengthen us as an organization. Different people—whether they differ in gender, race or ethnicity—think differently. And diversity of thought and perspective is vital in today’s ever-changing, disruptive marketplace, not to mention in the world.
Creating an organizational culture that fosters gender parity, and diversity and inclusion overall, requires leaders who model the way. We can’t hire female leaders, promote women to leadership positions, or implement and sustain initiatives designed for women in the organization without the active support of our leadership. RevGen happens to be a company founded by men, and thankfully, all have a demonstrable commitment to moving the needle on parity in the workplace. Our senior leaders continually look for opportunities to engage with this issue across various platforms, both internally at RevGen and in the greater Denver community.
RevGen’s leadership recognizes that gender balance isn’t a women’s issue; rather it’s a human issue that requires all our efforts. I would argue that because they continue to occupy positions of power and influence, men are crucial participants in our efforts to establish parity. We will not gain substantial or lasting traction without them.
Last year, RevGen was named a “company to watch” in the inaugural Champions of Change awards from the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Designed to celebrate organizations that are actively and strategically advancing women in business, we are proud to be recognized for the progress we’ve made in creating a workplace that is supportive of women at all levels.
We have a number of initiatives and programs in place that are intended to promote an inclusive and empowering culture and workplace. Some are specific to women, while others are designed for both men and women to most effectively grow an ethos of diversity and inclusion:
While initiatives, programming, and special events are important and worthwhile, the pursuit of parity in the workplace can’t be an isolated effort or a proverbial box to check. It must be part of the fabric of an organization, inextricably woven throughout its DNA. This entails thoughtful, intentional engagement from the top-down. And in the spirit of balance, we must remember that this isn’t an elite club. Membership should be open to everyone—in business and beyond.
Chrissy Winkler is Vice President of Client Services at RevGen. She also leads the company’s Women’s Initiative and is one of three women on the six-person senior leadership team at RevGen.