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International Women’s Day: Embracing Authenticity


Nicole (Nikki) Vars McCullough is the Global Application Engineering and Regulatory Affairs Manager for 3M’s Personal Safety Division. She has worked in occupational health and safety for over 25 years. Nikki has a masters and doctorate in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota, USA and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Here she shares her views on authenticity and being a woman in the workplace.

More and more companies are implementing policies around workforce gender diversity; however, research has shown that policy alone does not drive change. Businesses where individuals truly believe that diversity is beneficial are those that have diverse and inclusive cultures. Globally, and in North America, there has been an increase in companies with at least one woman in senior management, but there hasn’t been an increase in the proportion of women in senior roles – and statistics show that percentage has decreased very slightly globally and by two percent in North America. This study offered some recommendations for business leaders in increasing gender diversity, including reducing ‘mini-me’ recruitment and promotion, introducing sponsorship, being comfortable with discomfort and sharing your story

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