International Women's Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across the globe, and this year’s campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity. From grassroots action to wide-scale momentum, together, we can challenge gender stereotypes and discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion.
Together, we can all embrace equity.
We couldn’t be prouder to have so many strong and inspiring women working at Grodan, and in celebration of IWD, we'd like to shine a much deserved spotlight on Madison Walker, Grodan’s Head of Public Affairs in North America.
Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Madison about the importance of IWD, what inspires her most about her career, and her message to young women thinking about joining the agriculture/cannabis industry.
So, without further ado, here is my interview with friend and colleague, Madison Walker:
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
IWD is a day to recognize how far we've come towards gender equality and how far we have left to go. Barack Obama said it best:
“History shows that when women and girls have access to opportunity, societies are more just, economies are more likely to prosper, and governments are more likely to serve the needs of all their people.” We have made some progress, but there is still a long way to go.
Why do we need more women in leadership?
Women possess the skills, intellect, and vision required for running organizations. Their often-challenging journey to the top pushes them to develop into efficient, effective, and compassionate leaders. And the bottom line is organizations with female leadership are often more prosperous.
What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received?
If there is a problem, propose a solution; don’t simply report there is a problem and leave it to your manager or someone else to solve.
What is the most important message you want to send to young women thinking about careers in the agriculture/cannabis industry?
Join us! Whether you’re a biologist, an engineer, a marketer, or trying to fix global problems like climate change, there is a place for you in the agriculture sector. We need more bright minds to join the industry to push it forward.
Is there anyone that inspires you in your career?
My mother is my inspiration, both professionally and personally. She has achieved unbelievable success in a male-dominated industry, all while raising a family and volunteering for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She’s a great skier and cook, too – two skills I’m always working on.
If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg because she was quick-witted, had superior intellect, and I’m guessing some good stories. Cleopatra because she ruled an empire and remains a legend thousands of years later. And Britney Spears – because I’m an elder millennial, which means I not only love her but also want to make sure she’s okay.