Creating an Inclusive Environment Key to Female Career Advancement

As the world marked International Women’s Day this week, a top global female executive has suggested that gender equality in the workplace starts by creating an inclusive environment. “We want to create an environment where everyone can be their authentic self at work because it’s only then that someone will speak up, that they will […]

By Scotiabank

March 16, 2016

As the world marked International Women’s Day this week, a top global female executive has suggested that gender equality in the workplace starts by creating an inclusive environment.

“We want to create an environment where everyone can be their authentic self at work because it’s only then that someone will speak up, that they will participate, that they will be fully engaged and bring the highest value into the workplace,”

Maria Theofilaktidis, Scotiabank’s Executive Vice President for Retail Distribution, Canadian Banking in a profile in Canadian magazine Women of Influence.

Maria’s comments came as women across the bank’s Caribbean East district hosted over a dozen events and activities this week to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

The company’s Advancement of Women (AoW) groups held mentorship sessions, panel discussions and cocktail receptions focused on uplifting and empowering women with the company and the wider community.

In Barbados, president of the Caribbean Women’s Association (CARIWA) Marilyn Rice-Bowen was the featured speaker at a panel discussion on ‘Navigating Your Career’. On Friday, the AoW group hosted ‘Women Helping Women’ a drive to support the Business and Professional Women’s Club’s shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Scotiabank’s AoW is a movement to create an inclusive and supportive company culture through initiatives such as mentoring programs, building strong networks and making career advancement processes clearer and fairer.

The Bank has won international recognition for its AoW efforts which are increasingly reflected in the proportion of women leading or part of its executive teams. Within the bank’s English Caribbean Region two of the four managing directors are women – Jacqueline Sharp of Caribbean North and Anya Schnoor of Caribbean South. In Caribbean East, over 40% of the district’s executive management team are women.

Scotiabank

Scotiabank has been part of the Caribbean for 125 years and has a presence in more than 55 countries around the world. With operations in 25 countries across the Caribbean, Scotiabank has the largest presence of any financial services company in the region. The Bank has more than 10,500 employees, 1024 ABMs and 353 branches, kiosks and other offices in the region, including affiliates.