Happy International Women's Day and Women's History Month! To celebrate we have features of female leaders across the Alliance, starting with advice from some of our own leaders and from leaders globally at our Associate companies. As a global Alliance we are inherently culturally diverse but we are also diverse in gender. It is especially important to celebrate female leaders in the fields of engineering, science and STEM based careers as we look to the future and empower future generations of girls around the world.
Angelique Dickson, President of Inogen Alliance "Gender equity has come such a long way, however, it is an honor and a privilege as a woman leader to continue to forge a path where our daughters will find new challenges to embrace. My advice is to be strong, be bold and be true, embrace the leadership diversity that gender brings to any workplace, team or cause."
Debbie Ferguson, Events Director "If someone tells you can’t do something, find a way that you can. Don’t be bound by someone else’s limitations of what they think you can’t do/accomplish. Prove them wrong. If you say you’re going to do something, then DO IT. Even if you fail, it’s ok – at least you tried."
Kate Asleson, Marketing Director "Be persistent in the pursuit of your dreams and don’t be scared of challenges or change - they help you grow. Have sisu (confidence/grit). You also rise by lifting others as the quote goes, look for ways to elevate and support your team members."
Alizabeth Smith, Leadership Team "You can have your cake and eat it too – many employers now have flexible schedules to allow you to grow your career and still be an active family member. Be open to opportunities! Serendipity is my mantra and has led me to an amazingly diverse career for 20+ years in this field."
Peylina Chu, Chair Board for Inogen Alliance, advice for young professionals: "Keep a ‘lifelong learning’ mindset. Look for and ask for opportunities to grow and advance your career, such as projects that expand your technical expertise and opportunities to lead project teams or new initiatives. Don’t avoid change or hard assignments – embrace them, they will expand your experience and build character. Create and nurture your networks, both internal and external. And finally, don’t be afraid to talk about and promote your accomplishments!”
Check out our video featuring more female leaders across the Alliance!