WISE Words from Women on International Women’s Day

International Women's Day is a global observance that recognizes and celebrates women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. This year, the International Women's Day campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. The campaign encourages us to think about equity more deeply because when we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion.

Last year, my colleague and ever-inspiring friend, Dawn Lewis and I were given the honor of leading our award-winning W.I.S.E. program at Russell Investments.

W.I.S.E., which stands for Women in Sales Excellence, was created in 2018 by two female sales associates with the goal of forming a group that supports women in sales and client service roles. Our mission within the group is to help provide a roadmap for our female associates to progress in their careers at Russell Investments and to create a forum for collaboration and communication with the women in our many business units.

We asked the group what this year's theme #EmbracingEquity meant to them and here were some of the highlights:

Amparo Pineda, Institutional Sales Associate, Ontario, Canada

Equity to me is to be valued and to value others for their individual strengths, and where necessary receive/give the necessary tools and support to strengthen each other's weaknesses. It is, in other words, an à la carte way of helping people become the best they can be.