#MakeItHappen: Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a day to pay tribute to women, past and present; to celebrate our progress and to call for greater advancement and equality. To some, it’s a message of commemoration and what we have achieved – to others, it’s a message of hope and what is yet to come.

At TELUS, we value the contribution and worth of each and every team member. Embracing others and appreciating what they bring to our organization makes our culture and competitive advantage stronger. Ultimately, diversity helps us to be a more authentic reflection of our customers and the communities where we live and work. Since 2009, our Diversity and Inclusiveness Council, made up of team member volunteers, has helped our company develop employee training and other initiatives that support a respectful, diverse and welcoming workplace.

Research has proven that organizations with more women in leadership achieve greater innovation, increased understanding of customer needs, better attraction of top talent and superior financial performance. Gender diversity in the workplace is good for business!

In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day and the many champions of diversity at our company, TELUS is encouraging our team members to say thank you to anyone who has had an impact on their career and we’d love for you to join us. Simply tag the person you’re thanking and tweet @TELUS with the hashtag #MakeItHappen on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Here are a few fun messages you can use:

  • @XXXX YOU inspire me! This International Women’s Day I’m recognizing you for mentoring me! #MakeItHappen @TELUS
  • Who supported me in my journey? @XXXXX that’s who! Thank you for being my cheerleader #MakeItHappen @TELUS
  • @XXXX This @womensday, I’m spreading the love & thanking you for supporting my journey to success! #MakeItHappen @TELUS

We have all had someone who has made a difference for us on our career journey. Someone who challenged us to be a better person, encouraged us to put up our hand, reminded us that we are capable and talented, and has valued the different perspectives we each bring to the table, or believed in us more than we believed in ourselves.

I have had the great fortune to benefit from a few tremendous mentors and collaborators during my career – all champions in their own unique ways: Thank you Josh Blair for your leadership; Donna McNicol for your determination; Andrew Turner for your coaching; Juggy Sihota for your passion; and Darren Entwistle for your grit.

Who is your champion? Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day and thank him or her on Twitter or LinkedIn using #MakeItHappen.