Every March, we ask our member organizations what they are doing to acknowledge and celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
This is a great way to highlight some of the excellent work they are doing and to hopefully inspire you as you plan your own Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day initiatives.
Here is what they shared.
In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, ABA will hold a collection drive to support BRAWS—Bringing Resources to Aid Women in Shelters.
BRAWS’ mission is to bring dignity and empowerment to women and girls living in shelters by providing new, personally fitted undergarments and menstrual supplies. Throughout the month of March, ABA will continue to recognize the women of ABA and their contributions.
From Monday, March 2 to Friday, March 6, 2020, ABA will host a drive to collect the necessary items to support their monthly deliveries of menstrual products and new undergarments to area shelters and school pantries.
Donors can buy items online (BRAWS Amazon Wish List) or purchase and drop off the following items:
Brand new bras (tags-on only, please)
Unopened boxes of tampons, pads, and panty liners (all sizes)
Unopened packages of underwear (all sizes)
On Friday, March 6th AEG will celebrate and recognize International Women’s Day with a live streamed event at the Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles featuring special guest Kim Davis, Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives and Legislative Affairs, NHL. The event will be preceded by a breakfast networking hour at the GRAMMY Museum.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #EachforEqual and draws from the idea of a “collective individualism” where we recognize that our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.
Jae Requiro (VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) will host a conversation with Kim Davis during the event which will be followed by an internal panel on the topic of “Each for Equal” featuring AEG leaders from around the world, as well as updates from the Women’s Leadership Council and Women@AEG employee network group.
In observance of Women’s History Month, the GROW (Growing Representation & Opportunities for Women) Business Resource Group is hosting and promoting several exciting events.
Two webinars are being made available to promote the values of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.
International Women’s Day Kick-Off
The St. Louis Chapter in Creve Coeur will kick off the month with a table in their main café to promote the activities for the month. The chapter is asking everyone to wear purple in support of the IWD’s #EachforEqual campaign and sign pledge cards for the pledge wall.
50 Ways to Fight Bias Workshop & Speakers
Several locations will facilitate the 50 Ways to Fight Bias Workshop. The workshop, which is open to all, pairs a card-based activity with videos to build skills participants need to fight gender bias in the workplace. Additionally, our Chesterfield location will host Penny Pennington & Kristin Johnson, CEO and HR Lead at Edward Jones to talk about gender bias in the workplace. The speaker session will be broadcast for other locations.
International Women’s Day Celebrations
To round out Women’s History Month, our chapter in Whippany, New Jersey, will host a Celebration of International Women’s Day. The event will include a ShareFair featuring other Business Resource Groups and development resources, professional photos, breakout sessions, an opportunity to sign #EachforEqual pledge cards, and a Leader Panel.
The leader panel will be broadcast for all to view, and several chapter will host local events around the broadcast from Whippany.
At Bayer, BRGs are built on a foundation of culture, community, commerce and career. The success of internal organizations such as GROW are also a result of the company’s commitment to ensure that members of its executive leadership team serve as sponsors of each BRG. This not only guarantees executive support at the highest levels but also ensures members have access to mentoring and coaching opportunities.
Baxter Women Leaders (BWL) advances, empowers and encourages women to increase engagement and achieve career goals.
Throughout March, our global BWL membership and advocates celebrate Women’s History Month through a variety of relevant and thought-provoking events, and BWL introduces its overarching theme for the upcoming year of programming. In 2020, the group will focus on Gender IQ.
Below is an overview of planned activities for March:
For International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020, Capgemini employees globally will join women and men across the world to promote awareness and declare our commitment to #EachForEqual.
Colleagues across the world will participate in the IWD social-media campaign by striking the Each for Equal pose or showing our commitment to help build a more gender-equal world through a selfie card.
Throughout the month, our Women LEAD employee resource group will host events in multiple cities to support charity partners and help encourage more women leaders.
We will teach homeless women key digital skills, donate business attire, and host women-led discussion panels on various topics. We are committed to integrating our diversity and inclusion initiatives with our social responsibility priorities, and help women gain the skills and support they need to gain economic independence.
Our IWD efforts align to Capgemini’s digital-inclusion mission – to leverage our digital and technical skills to help bridge the divide between technology and society.
CenturyLink is a strong advocate for its employees who are women and this year is expanding the company’s annual celebrations of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month to fully honor the enormous value women bring to the workplace.
Throughout March, CenturyLink’s employee resource groups (ERGs) will host celebratory and educational events across the U.S. and at a number of international locations.
The purpose of these groups is to foster a diverse, inclusive and engaged workplace aligned with business objectives.
The ERG events will feature employee breakfasts and lunches, executive guest speakers and roundtable discussions designed to highlight on the contributions of women and the importance of Women’s History Month.
“CenturyLink ERGs are a great way for employees with similar interests to learn and grow while also enjoying each other’s company,” said Emily Masters, lead project manager and global chair for Women Empowered.
“Equality is not a women’s issue; it is a business issue and an equal world is an enabled world,” said Laurinda Pang, CenturyLink’s president of international and global accounts management. “Individually, we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.”
Local chapters of Women Empowered, the company’s largest ERG with more than 2,700 members in 43 states and seventeen countries, continues to grow. With membership increasing by approximately 35 percent in the past year, the company recently launched a chapter in India in which several hundred employees joined on the day of the launch.
Women Empowered chapters are hosting development opportunities for members and employees through “Lunch & Learn” events.
Attendees will hear presentations titled Why Stay?, Breaking the Rules and Believe, Do, Succeed. Guest speakers include leaders from some of today’s best-known companies, including Bechtel, Blue Origin, MIT Media Lab, Shell and others.
During the month-long celebration, CenturyLink employees will be encouraged to show their support of women in the workplace by posting pictures online using the hashtags #EachForEqual and #CTLInclusion.
CenturyLink Celebration Videos
CenturyLink has also produced a series of videos to help highlight the month-long celebration.
Among them, #CTLHerStory shows how the accomplished women of CenturyLink got their start, illuminates their love of technology, and serves as encouragement for the next generation of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Women Thought Leaders at CenturyLink
Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bank actively promotes inclusion and diversity through nearly 70 regional business resource groups overseen by inclusion councils in each of the Bank’s 14 regions and eight virtual Enterprise Business Resource Groups led by Enterprise committee executives. More than 4,000 employees take part in the in-person regional BRGs.
All of Fifth Third’s BRGs are focused on fostering employees, the Bank’s reputation, and a work environment and culture that supports engagement and inclusion. BRGs are open to all Fifth Third employees, whether they’re members of the group’s constituency or allies.
The Women BRGs across the Company have planned a variety of planned events and activities to celebrate Women’s History Month in March. Here is some of what’s been planned.
The Tennessee BRG is hosting a professional development and networking event at which members will have the opportunity to meet each other and discuss career skills. Leading up to Women’s History Month, the members of the team volunteered at a Girls on the Run event, where they handed out medals to the young girls who completed the run.
The Central Ohio BRG will sponsor a table at the Girl Scout’s State of the Girl Breakfast and at the 2020 Women for Economic and Leadership Development Emerging Professionals’ series. The March WELD meeting will focus on key strategies to help reduce infant mortality in the region.
The Chicago Women’s BRG will participate in the United Way’s Women United workshop: Purposeful Transitions – Leveraging Personal Growth for Community Impact. The breakfast networking event will feature keynote speaker Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, who will share how life’s changes and challenges have impacted her life and the lives of those around her. The workshop will feature interactive conversations and a breakout session.
The Women’s BRG is hosting Melissa Stevens, Fifth Third’s chief digital officer and head of digital design and innovation, for a special town hall meeting in honor of Women’s History Month. BRG members also will attend the annual United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s fourth annual Women of Influence Summit, which celebrates women who are making a difference at their workplaces and in the community.
Members of the Northeast Ohio Women’s BRG will host variety of activities. In honor of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote, the group will host a lunch that is to include a showing of the PBS documentary “Courage Corsets.” The group will host a yoga session to help its members and other Bank employees to relax. They will attend a citywide women’s forum that will focus on what steps women should take as they navigate their careers. Members will also attend a WELD seminar that will focus on building an inclusive culture in the workplace and how diversity and equity play a role in such a culture.
Western Michigan: The Women’s BRG will kick off its mentor program, which will pair seasoned Fifth Third employees with those just starting their career journeys. The BRG also is hosting a table at the YWCA Open Circle Luncheon. In addition, they are hosting a donation drive for the Women’s Resource Center, which offers programs and services that help women be successful in the workplace and become financially stable.
Georgia: Each week this month, Women’s BRG members will send out a note to employees in the region that highlights a historical fact that celebrates women in banking and finance. The group will attend a volunteer orientation as it continues its partnership with the City of Refuge/ House of Cherith, a transitional home that helps victims of human trafficking.
On March 6, the BRG members encouraged their colleagues to wear some form of purple, the power color for women. The group will be participating in Diversity Best Practices’ virtual International Women’s Day 2020 presentation. Through a combination of practical tips and inspirational stories of C-suite women, participants will leave this program empowered to take ownership of their professional development and to continue striving toward their goals.
In addition, various lines of business partners will come together to send a group of attendees to the Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s 4th Annual International Women’s Day Lunch and Summit. The women’s BRG members will host an Empower U® financial 101 workshop event with House of Cherith. The group will host a networking meeting for members and allies, and an after work social event is being planned before the end of the month.
The Cincinnati BRG is hosting two International Women’s Day events:
One will be hosted with other companies and will feature a diverse set of speakers who will speak on the topic of “Getting to Equal – Closing the Equality Progress Gap.”
The other will feature a panel discussion and a keynote address at one of the Bank’s campuses. An on-site display will feature three African American women who received funds from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund in the 1920s and 1930s. The three women went on to be successful and influential in the medical, arts and legal fields.
HCSC has activities taking place in celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
Our Women Improving the Strength of the Enterprise (WISE) BRG, who leverages the unique talents of women to foster innovation and empowers members to develop skills and leadership capabilities in support of business efforts, will be hosting these events.
Additionally, HCSC will send out company-wide communications and leverage technology to engage employees in the activities taking place in March.
Below is a list of planned activities.
Chicago, IL Events:
Dallas, TX Events:
Multiple Locations: Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Tulsa, OK; Albuquerque, NM
The IMF will celebrate IWD 2020 next Tuesday, March 3rd. Our Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, will have a conversation on work/life balance with a panel of employees from across the Fund.
If we are to have an equal and enabled world, here at the Fund we believe it is critical that men and women share caring duties and avail themselves of our flexible work opportunities, so we choose to focus on that aspect with a view to increasing the uptake of the great arrangements we have in place.
The event will also feature a group activity culminating in the whole audience making the #EachforEqual sign. This is a joint collaboration between our Communications Department and the Diversity & Inclusion Office. We will also distribute free drink vouchers to women during the event.
IWD 2020 Worldwide Campaign
Global CEO YY Memo shared March 2nd:
Lenovo Central IWD Activation Hub:
Banner on lenovo.com to link back to story hub
Each for Equal WILL collage image posted March 2nd:
Thought leadership pieces posted:
*IWD Recognition on IWD March 8th *
Geo/Site IWD Amplification & Engagement
International Women’s Day March 8th, 2020 – In celebration of International Women’s day the Arizona GLOW MERG will be displaying posters to highlight some our amazing women of Mayo Clinic.
Posters will include both historical and present women of Mayo Clinic, with a specific focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) Posters will be displayed March 2nd through the 6th on the Phoenix campus and on the Scottsdale campus March 9th through the 13th.
Dress for Success charitable drive March 9th through the 13th. Just in time for spring cleaning, donation boxes will be available on both the Phoenix and Scottsdale campus throughout the entire week.
Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
The Merck Women’s Network (MWN), is Merck’s largest global Employees Business Resource Group (EBRG). In alignment with the goal of Merck’s EBRGs, MWN has a
vision to champion women to encourage them to gain access to opportunities to enhance their careers. MWN strives to accomplish this through its pillars of leadership development, an inclusive workplace culture and business impact.
This March, not only will MWN be celebrating Women’s History month, it will also be celebrating its International Women’s Day, and the 25th MWN Anniversary as an EBRG
at Merck. This provides a unique opportunity to design events to invigorate their members to celebrate both momentous occasions throughout the month.
Building on MWN’s vision of championing women, MWN has organized campaigns to highlight International Women’s Day (08Mar2020) and the 125th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement (the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month). The MWN is launching an International Women’s Day (IWD) photo challenge where employees are encouraged to post pictures with IWD “selfie” cards or strike the #EachforEqual pose and post it on the company’s internal social media channel.
Simultaneously, the MWN has planned to post spotlights of Senior Leaders sharing their perspectives on how they support the #EachforEqual mindset. These spotlights will be shared internal and external to Merck. Additionally, employees will be encouraged to participate in local marches throughout the month to commemorate the Women’s Suffrage movement.
In addition to the awareness campaigns, MWN has organized other ways for Merck employees to stay engaged during Women’s History Month. A Global webcast will be hosted to highlight the achievements of MWN globally over the past 25 years.
Sites around the world will also be hosting local events to ensure our employees have opportunities to get involved and celebrate the different milestones occurring in March.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
To celebrate women’s history month and international women’s day we have two events:
1. 3 day symposium held at MIT LL called CLAS (Cultivating Leadership Achievement and Success) being held March 17-March 19. The mission of CLAS is to cultivate leadership and success at the Laboratory by promoting successful innovation, technology advancement, and career growth through leadership skills and practices rooted in an inclusive culture. (Tag Line: Innovation through inclusive Leadership). I’m attaching the two major keynote speakers we have attending. This event is hosted by a committee of folks from various Employee Resource Groups and our D&I office here at MIT LL.
Key tenets of CLAS:
2. Fireside Chat with Stephanie Humphrey hosted by our Women’s Network on March 6. Humphrey, self-described as the “tech-life expert,” shows everyday people how to use technology to make their lives easier. She will talk about her experiences as a woman in engineering transitioning into her role as a science and technical advisor for ABC news.
The Women In Leadership Business Resource Council (WIL BRC) North America is excited to announce our 2020 Women’s History Month (WHM) programming in Chicago, Tempe, and Northeast!
We’ve also launched our North America “Celebrate NT Women” campaign, to celebrate NT women who’ve helped us define our purpose, find our power, and excel in our business.We are collecting testimonials and distributing “Celebrate Women” buttons.
WIL Chicago Events
Client Panel Event: Our Purpose, Our PoWer, Our Business
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust is moderating a panel of clients to explore personal and powerful stories on business success with Northern Trust clients. Our clients will share their perspectives on our business services, our partnership and their personal career journeys.
WIL WORKshop: Build Your Network with a Powerful Value Proposition
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
We are hosting a hands-on networking workshop, which includes pre-work and in-class activities, where our employees will learn how to develop a powerful and compelling professional value proposition to enhance their network and to accelerate their career growth.
Internal Panel Event: The PoWer of Being Adaptable
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The President of our Women in Leadership NA chapter will moderate a panel discussion following a TED Talk on “Three Ways to Measure Your Adaptability & How to Improve It”.
WIL IMPACT Volunteer Opportunity: Deborah’s Place – Lunch and Bingo
Friday, March 27, 2020
In honor of Women’s History Month, volunteers will be serving lunch and hosting bingo for the residents of Deborah’s Place. We will also be collecting gift cards and home supplies throughout the month of March.
WIL WORKshop: Unleash Your PoWer to Negotiate
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The BRC is hosting a discussion on how to become a better negotiator. Our session leaders will share how they found their inner power to negotiate. Our employees will also have a unique opportunity to practice their negotiation skills with Northern Trust subject matter experts.
WIL TEMPE Events
Women’s History Month Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The Tempe, AZ WIL chapter will welcome two Senior Vice Presidents of Northern Trust to their Women’s History Month Lunch & Learn. We will have a Q&A session on topics such as career navigation and the importance of Women’s History Month.
Quarterly Member Meeting: Speed Networking
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
We are hosting a speed networking member meeting. We have many activities planned that are aimed to help new and existing WIL members get to know each other!
Inspirational Quotes from Empowered Women Display
Available all month!
We will have a display highlighting women in history.
WIL Northeast Events
Monday, March 9, 2020
Fireside chat with Northern Trust’s Head of Corporate Strategy and Chief of Staff Archana Kumar. Employees are invited to come learn about her leadership, insight, and career journey at Northern Trust.
Speaker Event: Katie Hood
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Our WIL Northeast region will be chatting with Katie Hood, CEO of the One Love Foundation, about her career, her work, and the journey to get to where she is today.
Community: Dress for Success Drive
March 2-31, 2020 | Drive
April 7, 2020 | Volunteer Event
WIL Northeast will be hosting a clothing drive to support Dress for Success throughout Women’s History Month.
Additionally, we will be offering a volunteer opportunity with Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County.
To mark International Women’s Day, the people of Pearson are hosting several events around the world to celebrate the achievements of women and to reflect on this year’s theme, #EachforEqual.
The celebration is mainly driven by two of our Employee Resource Groups, Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) which has chapters in 8 countries and in several US states, and Women in Technology (WIT) which has 5 chapters worldwide.
The following is a sample of some of the interesting and engaging events happening in Pearson offices around March 8th and beyond to celebrate IWD.
While Prudential is committed to an inclusive workforce year-round, in March the company is celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally in honor of Women’s History Month. And, with 2020 marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which granted women the right to vote, Prudential is also using the month of March to help kick off its yearlong focus on elevating and empowering women.
Prudential’s global investment management business, PGIM, will salute Women’s History Month with International Women’s Day, celebrating extraordinary women at employee and client events around the world, including events in Newark, NJ; New York City; and London. Featured speakers included Kathryn Finney, Founder of Digital Undivided; Abby Wambach, two-time USA Olympic Gold Medalists and Kate Stephens, chief executive of UK-based Smart Works.
This year, Prudential is also bringing together its nine women’s affinity groups and is launching a newly unified enterprise-wide women’s BRG to continue to champion and empower women in their careers.
On March 9, the company will highlight personal stories and insights from the careers of senior women leaders and hear from a panel of senior men about the important role men play as allies. The March event sets the stage for a September employee event honoring the centennial of the 19th amendment.
Finally, throughout March, employees can participate in multiple community efforts benefiting organizations that support women and women-related causes.
Related, one of Prudential’s most senior women, Caroline Feeney, was recently featured in a Wall Street Journal piece focused on the careers of women – Where Are All the Women CEOs? Caroline is also the executive sponsor of Prudential’s new unified women’s BRG.
Qualcomm offices are celebrating around the world on different days. In the HQ of San Diego, the Global Inclusion and Diversity (GID) team will be hosting a Fireside Chat between Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon and Roanne Sones, VP, Microsoft on Thursday, March 6. After the event there will be flowers and free lunch.
Qwomen, the women ERG, in conjunction with GID, is organizing a mile walk in the morning from 8:30-10 am in support of the local organization Girls Inc’s programs on coding and computer science programs. There will be free t-shirts and breakfast for all participants.
Also, in honor of IWD, GID has put up donation bins for women and girls clothes up to Thursday, March 6 benefiting My Girlfriend’s Closet, a non-profit that provides used clothing for disadvantaged teenage girls and women.
In recognition and celebration of Women’s History Month (WHM) and International Women’s Day (IWD), Sodexo, in partnership with its Employee Business Resource Group SoTogether USA (Sodexo’s gender network), has planned several workplace activities.
As part of the IWD celebration, Sodexo is preparing for its second annual SheWorks, a global job shadowing initiative in which women from communities connect with “host managers” to learn about the business, gain exposure, and explore potential career opportunities.
Last year, nearly 300 women had the opportunity to job shadow 240 Sodexo host managers globally; 48 participants (24 pairs) within the United States alone. This initiative has much potential for a win-win recruitment effort.
In mid-March, SoTogether USA will host a virtual professional development session entitled “Be the Change,” during which time they will feature Sodexo women who have pursued roles in Facilities Management. Guest speaker Caryanne Keenan, Career and Professional Development Coach will support members to update their resume as a way to build their brand.
Throughout the year, this gender network will offer enriching programming, exploring topics such as risk taking, time management, technology, and leadership. And back by popular demand, they will offer their summer book club for members to gain insights and a sense of community with one another.