Every year, ZSers come together to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, the Women@ZS, one of our diversity, equity and inclusion groups, is hosting virtual office events and encouraging ZSers to participate in #BreakTheBias, a global initiative to forge a gender-equal world by celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.
To live our values of treating people right, getting it right and doing the right thing, ZS implements various training and educational programs that aim to #BreakTheBias. Training sessions about topics such as bias in hiring and inclusive leadership work to ensure we are providing an equitable and inclusive workspace for all ZSers. ZS also offers allyship learning initiatives like the Empowering Allies and Champions (EACH) program. This program empowers male leaders from our North American offices to participate in virtual trainings and self-guided learnings on topics such as the do’s and don’ts of allyship, intersectionality and common myths. These opportunities help ZSers identify situational and strategic actions that advance gender equity.
Read below to see how ZSers #BreakTheBias in honor of International Women’s Day.
I am choosing to #BreakTheBias of stereotypes Asian women face in the workplace by sharing the diversity and experiences of our cultures through Asian@ZS. We are not a monolith, and every day I choose to be authentically myself at ZS.
– Kate L., a senior administrative assistant in the Los Angeles office
I am committed to #BreakTheBias in our workplace and society. Let us celebrate a culture that is courageous, fights discrimination and stereotyping, builds bridges and calls out gender bias.
– Manish S., a principal in the Pune office
As part of International Women’s Day, I want to #BreakTheBias by questioning the “norms” in how women are treated in their professional and personal lives.
– Angela W., a strategy insights and planning manager in the Evanston office
Gender bias at the workplace is a reality. For some cases, it could be evident, but for most cases it is a classic example of "unconscious" bias. As a male ally, my objective is to educate people about gender bias, provide examples of unconscious bias, and change the mindset. Collectively, we can all #BreakTheBias.
– Rahul Y., a business technology solutions manager in the New Delhi office
When we #BreakTheBias we will create an environment where Black women can show up as their authentic selves.
– Tatiana S., a senior project assistant in the Princeton office
For me, International Women’s Day is a day of celebration and reckoning. It brings to light many questions: How successful are we at creating an inclusive environment across ZS? At increasing representation of women? At removing hidden barriers and truly transforming ZS’s culture, processes and tools?
This year I am heartened to see a groundswell of people across ZS taking up the banner to #BreakTheBias and move ZS forward to a truly human-centered workplace. I pledge to continue to bring systemic bias to light for our women and other underrepresented groups.
– Anne B., Women’s Leadership Initiative Global Lead in the San Francisco office
Thank you to all the ZSers who #BreakTheBias and continue to create a more inclusive world. Happy International Women’s Day! For more on life at ZS and our open rolls, explore the links below.
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