Speaker: Tiffanny Stepherson, Associate Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Crate and Barrel
Why is Women’s History Month important to you? How are you celebrating?
Tiffanny Stepherson: Women's History Month is important to me, because it is a reminder of the challenges and the obstacles that women have had to overcome to get where we are today. And I'm celebrating through the ability to get things done in the DE&I space in the workplace. So, you know, this month we were sure to focus on women's development and how we could help women advance in the career, in their careers by putting on multiple developmental workshops to really help women further their careers.
2022's International Women's Day theme is #BreakTheBias. Can you speak to biases we can work to break in our communities and/or workplaces?
Tiffanny Stepherson: I think one of the biases that women can break in the workplace is that being a mother or primary caregiver limits your ability to be an effective leader in the workplace, because maybe your place is more in the home or focused on your children. And as a mother of two teenage girls, I can tell you that what's top of mind for me is that I want my daughters to be able to see that I can work hard advance my career and still be a great mother. So I think this idea of not being able to have it all, is a myth and having it all is subjective, right? Because having it all is is, to me is happiness. So, and the result of happiness at the end of the day. So I think this idea that that women can't be successful in two places is just not true.
What advice would you give to the next generation of women as they begin their careers?
Tiffanny Stepherson: My advice for women entering into the workforce, this next generation of women entering the workforce would be to focus more on your successes, focus more on winning than on failing. My second bit of advice would be to take risks, don't be afraid to take risks. And lastly be fierce, be unstoppable and stand your ground.