Members Carolyn Luey and Cecilia Robinson on #BreakTheBias

Checking biases, calling them out, shifting internal dials: we all have a part to play in keeping biases at bay. For us, amplifying the voices of our talented members and championing #BreakTheBias far beyond International Women’s days is part of Global Women’s contribution to that.

So what do Carolyn and Cecilia cite as steps to stamp out bias? They share all in a recent article with NZHerald — drawing on their own experiences, practises, values and principals:

Carolyn Luey, NZME chief digital & publishing officer

As an Asian female, throughout my career I have experienced bias in many different forms.

With modern workplaces now openly talking about unconscious bias and through my own self-awareness of the impact bias can have, as a female leader I now play an active role in calling it out to give everyone an equal voice and create a safe environment to share perspectives and opinions.

A key focus for me to create sustainable change and #BreakTheBias is to leverage agile ways of working, creating the right workplace environment, mindsets and behaviours, where everyone’s perspective and contribution is valued.

“A key focus for me to create sustainable change and #BreakTheBias is to leverage agile ways of working.”

Cecilia Robinson, Tend Health founder and co-chief executive

At the start of my career, I often wasn’t taken seriously. Being young, female and from Sweden didn’t help.

It meant that in many instances I had to work harder and be more convincing than what I imagined would have been expected from a man.

As my skillset and confidence grew, I went from ignoring biased behaviour to calling it out.

I learned that working alongside people who highly appreciate, respect and value diversity in thinking is a non-negotiable in my business interactions.

Nowadays it’s easy, I simply choose to not work with people who don’t value diversity.

“As my skillset and confidence grew, I went from ignoring biased behaviour to calling it out.”

We’re dedicated to talking about how we can #BreakTheBias. Our #BreakTheBias series explores everything from how women get different feedback at work to men, how hybrid working can both worsen or mitigate biases, what it means for the women of Āotearoa and much more.

Stay tuned on our news & articles section for more or head to our #BreakTheBias page to see how our Partners and their people will #BreakTheBias.

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