In my role at JetBlue, I see firsthand how important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are to shaping future generations of leaders. Most of the critical functions of JetBlue require STEM, including aircraft flight, repair, and routing.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, JetBlue and The JetBlue Foundation are bringing attention to the great work being done by the Rwandan Girls Initiative (RGI) whose mission is to educate and empower the girls of Rwanda to reach their highest potential.
By Kiersten Barnet, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Bloomberg LP
Anyone who watched this year’s Academy Awards knows that the real leading lady of the evening was gender equality. There were a lot of strong statements on Sunday, but one that has stuck with me was Jane Fonda’s confident declaration that “what was once considered groundbreaking is now the norm.”
She’s right. There is a new norm for gender equality and it’s based on transparency.
At Bloomberg transparency is one of our founding principles. We are bringing transparency to markets through access to information – and this includes gender equality data.
A flash mob took over the Whole Foods Market on South Lamar for a good cause.
The flash mob was held in honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday, and it caught some lunch time shoppers by surprise.
“I didn't know what I was going to get for lunch, so I was just thinking about that and when I heard the music I thought this was an event for South by [Southwest],” said Gabrielle Orlando, a Whole Foods Market shopper. “I saw everyone surrounding it and got sucked in."
Global supply chains are the engine of our economy. They make it possible for teenagers in Virginia to enjoy chocolate with cocoa from Cote d’Ivoire, for fashionistas in New York to wear dresses made in Bangladesh, and for bankers in London to use cell phones made in China. Supply chains bring many of us a great deal of ease, access and flexibility. And yet, many of the women who work in these supply chains aren’t thriving.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #pressforprogress, and though we’re undeniably advancing toward gender equality in our workplaces, I think there’s still more to be done. Often, one of the issues that holds many women back begins in childhood, when certain behaviours are labelled.
Wendy Watkins, Vice President of Corporate Communications, shares what inspires her:
"I have had the mentorship and friendship of some incredible women throughout my career. We often speak of the next generation of emerging leaders and how they inspire us with their passionate commitment to making lasting change in this world."