After 28 years of standing in solidarity, the iconic charging bull of Wall Street was challenged by an unassuming contender on March 2017. A confident young girl, who stands only at 50 inches in height, does not run or hide in the shadows of the 11-feet charging bull in front of her. The Fearless Girl was a symbol to advocate gender diversity in Wall Street. The plaque below the statue reads: "Know the power of women in leadership. SHE makes a difference.”
On 8 March 2019, the world celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while raising the importance to strive for a more gender-balanced world. The Novartis goal is to achieve gender balance in management by 2023. In Singapore, I am proud to share that our executive leadership teams in our pharmaceuticals, oncology and solids manufacturing division in Singapore have more than 50% representation of women. Over the years, we have actively advocated for gender equality in our workforce by attracting, developing and retaining great women leaders and building a culture that ensures every individual is welcomed, supported, valued and respected.
Looking around, I am glad to be standing with leaders that believe that gender-balanced teams are good for business. Having more women in leadership positions is a win-win for all. From our commercial offices to the manufacturing sites, we see women heading departments, challenging the status quo and leading change. The results? Teams are thriving with broaden perspectives, greater openness to embrace diversity and more programs are in place to support work-life integration.
As such, I would like to take a moment to feature some of the “Fearless Girls” at Novartis Singapore and how they bring #Balanceforbetter to life in our organization.
We are stronger when everyone, both man and woman, come together to be #BalanceforBetter. Together, we can build a better world.
-Celine Landie Managing Director of Novartis Singapore and Emerging Asian Markets