Reyna Matthes: support and empower talented women in business

By Reyna Matthes, Director

My message to women on International Women’s Day is to continue to support each other together and make change happen, together: Change needs leaders – but it also needs a group of passionate, resourceful and committed men and women working together. Make it part of your mission as a leader. In the coaching work I do I am constantly inspired by the support senior women and men are taking to help, support and empower our female talent.

We must take charge and responsibility to build the pipeline for all women; we all have a role in helping to balance the gender equation.

The challenge we have is what can we do that is meaningful to help lift young women to find their voice.

There are tangible actions that we can all take. If a younger woman approaches me to support them, I will always meet with them and spend time mentoring and sharing what I’ve learned along the way.

We have the power to help other women achieve; we have to be role models for women and be brave enough to articulate what we stand for and what’s expected of us

We have to talk to about risk and reward – we have to be more comfortable with risk ourselves.

I’d like to cite two favourite quotes of mine that I like to use both for myself and other women:

“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” — MICHELLE OBAMA

“Women find your voice: a phrase often heard. This is about several things: the willingness to speak up; articulating your authentic self; sharing a clear message on what is important to you; connecting with and engaging people; sharing something of value that people want to listen to. “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” — MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

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