Challenging gender stereotypes, redefining what it means to be a good leader, getting more diversity at the table: Day two in The FQ Lounge: The Home of Equality @ Davos saw more leaders amplifying action steps for change.
What Happened in The FQ Lounge @ Davos: Day Two
Challenging gender stereotypes, redefining what it means to be a good leader, getting more diversity at the table: Day two in The FQ Lounge, Home of Equality @ Davos saw more leaders amplifying action steps for change. Here are some of the day’s highlights.
“Unless companies and executives and business leaders are willing to come out and demand radical change in the educational systems of countries … and campaign hard for civilized maternity leave … nothing very much is actually going to happen in the near future.” — Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Former President of Iceland
The 20-year leader of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson says in Iceland, women have held every top office in each of the different arms of the government. Iceland has closed more than 85% of its overall gender gap. He says without enforcing education of women and a radical reform of the student loan system in the U.S., gender equality could be at stake. “We can create equality and prosperity, understanding and tolerance, but it requires a mission and a leadership, and for those in a position of responsibility to have the courage to make tough decisions,” he says. “It’s not easy, but, if we do it, we can see change happening very fast.”
“Millennials are far from apathetic.” — Nola Weinstein, Global Head of Culture, Engagement and Experiential Marketing, Twitter
Nola Weinstein says millennials are more likely to demand that their employer aligns with their values than older generations are, because they want their work to reflect their purpose. “People want to be seen and heard,” she says.
“If we’ve been calling men out for harm … paternity leave and our share of care-work is a way of calling them in.” — Gary Barker, PhD, President and CEO, Promundo, US
Forty to 50% of men in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico believe in a “manbox” version of masculinity, Gary Barker says, which includes valuing “toughness,” devaluing sensitivity and embodying traditional male roles. He says encouraging men to participate in caregiving responsibilities and paternity leave could bring them into the conversation about gender equality. “Men, we need you to be part of this,” he says.
“Anyone who has grown up in an immigrant family here knows that education is the only thing you can take with you when you flee.” — Maxeme Tuchman, CEO and Co-Founder, Caribu
Maxeme Tuchman says learning and reading is important for opening up a child’s opportunities, especially young girls. As CEO of an educational app, she connected this to the lack of women in technology.
Tuchman says if women are left out of the building and inventing process, their wants and needs can be overlooked. “If we’re not putting women in the room while we’re building these things, then we’re not solving real problems,” she says.
“We need to make sure that diverse points of view are right there. They’re the ones that innovate and without that, we won’t have the innovation we need to make the progress on the 17 [SGD] goals.” — Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP
After outlining HP’s goals for a diverse workforce, Nate Hurst emphasized the importance of having different types of people in executive positions. He says having a variety of employees from different backgrounds can lead to new, original solutions.
“72% of the individuals that we interviewed really felt we had to redefine leaders.” — Terri Cooper, Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte
Terri Cooper says a ShiftForward study that interviewed more than 5,000 professionals found that employees were looking for transparency and authenticity in their leaders. She also says they wanted their leaders to recognize that they, the employees, have weaknesses, and want to know that their bosses will be open and honest about not knowing something or making mistakes.
Stayed tuned for more action steps for change tomorrow from leaders in The FQ Lounge, Home of Equality @ Davos. Read more here:
London Gibson is a journalism student at the University of Texas who will be covering The FQ Lounge, Home of Equality @ Davos. She has also reported for The Austin American-Statesman.