The modern workplace environment is all about working hard, playing hard and smashing gender roles along the way. Last June 28, business services firm Concentrix did exactly that, launching their Network of Women (NOW) initiative through a symposium. It aimed to promote gender equality and, of course, the future of women in the workforce. The Better Story Project’s very own Isa Garcia and plus size model/body positivity advocate Kat Gumabao both led the talk. It was a night of breaking stereotypes, rekindling sisterhood, and empowering the self.
A few local corporate entities are trying to tackle the long-term, underlying issue of breaking the glass ceiling in the workplace. Concentrix decided that more global companies — like themselves — should work to put gender equality on the Philippine map. With a workforce that’s 52 to 54 percent female, it’s just about right. “We believe in diversity. One of our values is that we are all one Concentrix and we all contribute. And that doesn’t just mean men, that doesn’t just mean women, it means everybody who’s here is a part of Concentrix,” explained Elek Toth, country leader and VP for Philippine Operations.