In celebration of International Women’s Day, Cleveland Engine Plant hosted Culture Conversations around Championing Equality in the Work Place. The talks were facilitated by Eric Blankemeier (V6 Area Manager), Pete Flavell (I4 Area Manager), Hassan Taleb (IT Manager), and Wally Koenig (Crank and Block Machining Team Manager), all of whom have a history of advocating for women. Snacks were provided as the employees learned about the unequal playing field in business. For example, women lead only 14 of 195 countries, globally women are paid 23% less than men, and only seven percent of Fortune 500 Companies are run by women.
Next, the room was broken in to smaller groups, in which employees discussed more stats about gender inequality, and together, discussed action plans were to equalize the playing field. Topics included making sure women’s voices are heard, challenging the likeability penalty, giving women specific feedback, and mentoring and sponsoring women.
A dynamic discussion ensued, with men talking about what they have seen, women talking about what they have experienced, and everyone working together to find solutions so CEP can continuously improve their commitment to advocating for women, not just in on International Women’s Day (March 8th), but every day. This point was driven home by the facilitators who took the feedback they received from the morning session and tweaked the presentation to go further in the afternoon session. It is their dedication to putting people first, openly displayed at a leadership level, that drives CEP to be progressive and proactive in its culture.
To close the conversation, each attendee signed a commitment cards explaining how she/he will support women as we work towards #EachForEqual this #IWD202.