This year's International's Women's Day theme #ChooseToChallenge represents the idea of challenging norms related to gender equality to create change. At DSJ Global, we choose to challenge and promote gender diversity and inclusion. Yacine Fall, Principal Consultant, Operations & Operational Excellence at DSJ Global, shares her thoughts on this year's theme, and how she chooses to challenge in her role.
What does the #ChooseToChallenge message mean to you?
The End-to-End Supply Chain industry that DSJ Global supports is mainly male dominated. The #ChoosetoChallenge Message to me means having people engage in conversations about this topic. As a result of that, we can work on solutions to diversify the industry from a senior perspective.
What sort of conversations around gender equality do you have with your clients in your role? Has Covid-19 had an impact on gender equality?
Gender equality comes up with both candidates and clients, as I see a lot of companies struggling to attract senior female talent in positions relating to the shop floor. DSJ Global actively works on vacancies with clients and consults them to increase gender diversity in shortlists and actively feeds back to clients as to why there are issues in certain fields within End-to-End Supply Chain. In my experience, I have seen no impact on gender equality during Covid-19.
What advice would you give to a company trying to create a diverse hiring strategy?
In a war for talent, we believe that companies have to have a diverse hiring strategy to be able to secure the best talent in the market. We see that happening by companies that involve marketing and employer branding into their hiring strategy, as well as think about what they need to offer future employees to be their first company of choice.
As a female leader, what advice would you give to other aspiring leaders in overcoming potential gender biases and achieving career success?
As a female leader, it is important to keep track of your success and your biggest accomplishments. If you find this hard to do, break things down into facts and figures. It is then easier to point out what you've achieved and to make sure that your accomplishments get seen and are communicated.
About Yacine Fall
I grew up in the South of Germany, lived in Amsterdam and am now based in Berlin. This helped me gain a good knowledge about cultural differences within German regions and how to adapt to that to create the best hiring strategy. In my free time, I enjoy travelling and dancing different dance styles from all across the globe.