“It’s that month of the year when we reserve a day to celebrate women. At UpsideLMS we are taking it a step ahead and celebrating all of March as Women’s Month. No surprises then that this podcast is dedicated to women power. We will be talking about Diversity, Inclusion, Pipeline Leak, Gender Sensitization, Returnship & more. So there it is – a podcast by women, for women and of women.”

I say this with a wide smile across my face. We are recording our all-women podcast with four women that represent UpsideLMS in their roles of Product Specialist, Technical Support Manager, Sales Manager and PreSales Manager.

It’s a day I have been waiting for. To be honest, it’s an opportunity I have been dying to carve out for our women talent.

The gender bender

Being born a girl was special – what with the cuddles, kisses and other open displays of affection from loved ones. But the ‘special’ gave way to ‘different’ when I entered my teens. Rules changed, curfews surfaced. My rebellious mind could make no sense of the differential treatment and expectations attached to genders. No respite was offered at the workplace too as gender-oriented rules played in even more. Years later, I became a mom to a beautiful boy and what should have been my privilege soon became my prison. As the primary caregiver to my child, I experienced how crippled the society (and culture) made a woman as it “expected” her to behave in a certain way. The pattern repeated and story in my head soon changed to ‘being born a girl is being treated different’.

That I had great family support, mentors, bosses, friends and loved ones who refused to see my gender but appreciated my talent empowered me to unsee myself from the gender-lens. But as a woman who has been a workplace minority, the only girl in an all-boys MBA class, had to avail, extend and return after a maternity leave with a chipped self-confidence, had to explain to “seeming” well-wishers why I chose work over my baby (yes, have done this a million times!), had to work in an environment that celebrated men by belittling women through gender-colored jokes at the watercooler or the lunch table, have been the only woman with a seat at the table, I am well aware of the work cut out for me and other women – on both, the home and the professional front. We owe it to the next generation.

While there is a lot we, parents and society as a whole, can do in terms of sensitizing our boys and raising them with a humane aspect, and raising our girls to voice their opinions and raise their hands, businesses to play a key role in making the workplace a level playing field for all genders. We focus on the latter’s Learning & Development piece in our Women’s Month special podcast ‘Women on Top: Diversity, Inclusion, Pipeline Leak & More’.

Listen to the full episode to learn:

  • What can businesses, L&D in particular, do to crack the code for Diversity and Inclusion through training interventions
  • How can L&D address returnship
  • Importance of soft skills and hard skills for the workplace of today and tomorrow
  • Importance of holistic, broad-based training interventions that sensitizes and encourages men to have a better buy-in to D&I

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