As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week on March 8th, we’re reminded that now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and promote gender parity. This year’s theme, #PressforProgress is about motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. We interviewed TayganPoint Consulting Group’s CEO, Joy Taylor about her commitment to #pressforward both as a CEO and a woman-here’s what she had to say:
Q: In the current social climate, how does the phrase #pressforprogress resonate with you?
A: Being a woman leader has meant we have always had to press for progress. This is not new, but it is certainly more acceptable now. Historically, when a woman “pressed for progress” many times it was perceived as an act of defiance or a concept associated with stepping out of line. But today, we MUST press for progress if we want our voices, ideas and actions to be noticed or heard. Progress can only be made when we actually speak up and move past the last known hurdle.
Q: How will you and/or your organization #pressforprogress in 2018?
A: TayganPoint will continue to lead the way for individuals to have a voice that matters. We pride ourselves on bringing experience and knowledge to the table to help others transform. If we want more progress this is going to only happen when people speak up and take action. TayganPoint will continue to showcase both our internal team and the voice of our clients who are working on cutting edge change. Our job is to share that with as many people who want to listen and learn.
Q: What motivates you to #pressforprogress (even in the midst of the current social tumult). And what stands in your way?
A: I am personally motivated to press for progress because there are some people who are unable to speak for themselves. Each of us should commit ourselves to make our homes, our communities, our companies, our country to be a better place. And for me progress doesn’t always mean making more money; for me I tend to lead with my desire to wake up each day and love my children, my spouse, the people I work with and the clients I serve. Making progress is hoping each person goes to bed each evening looking forward to waking up the next day and want to contribute – – to advanced thinking, saving lives, safe communities, empowering those who need a little extra support. What stands in my way – – perhaps getting the right people in the right room, with a shared vision of what obstacle we should focus on today, tomorrow and next month. I want to be part of A difference. But it requires a beginning, a middle and an notable moment of sustainment. I just don’t want to start things and not finish them.
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Joy Taylor | CEO & Co-Founder | TayganPoint Consulting Group | firstname.lastname@example.org | LinkedIn | @JoyTaylorSays