IIn honor of Women’s History Month, we interviewed members of our WIN (Women In Nasdaq) network about their roles, diverse backgrounds, the impact of the Employee Resource Group (ERG), and what means being an ally of the women’s community. We spoke with Amy Stewart, Senior Account Manager, IR Intelligence at Nasdaq, about how awareness can be created through open communication.
Please tell us about your role at Nasdaq.
I work in the Corporate Platforms team and am based in London. I am a senior account manager for our IR Intelligence clients based in the Netherlands, Israel, Ireland, Turkey and Russia. I’m lucky to work with a great team, and I can’t wait to get back to the office and see them properly!
Why did you decide to join WIN?
Why wouldn’t I? ! I thought this would be a great way to meet women from all areas of the Nasdaq, both geophysically and departmentally, and it did. I get to meet colleagues who I may never have interacted with in my role, and it gave me a much better sense of Nasdaq values and philosophy.
How would you describe the Employee Resource Group to a new employee?
I would say it’s like a wonderfully reassuring and enthusiastic hug. It’s a great networking tool that lets you meet new contacts, learn about a wider range of topics, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of yourself and the Nasdaq.
What is your best memory of being part of the employee network?
Helping organize International Women’s Day last year was really special, especially now that it was the last time we were all together. We watched WIN ring the opening bell, followed by a fantastic motivational speaker on mental health and the importance of work-life balance.
How can people outside the WIN network be good allies for women in technology and business?
[People can be a good ally] learning about the issues women face in the workplace and intervening when they see a problem, instead of being bystanders. Awareness can be created through open communication, which enables allies to support women.
What is your goal in being a member of WIN this year?
To stay connected and try to organize a wide range of virtual events, where people can share their stories about what got them through the lockdown and the changes they want to pursue. I also want to make sure that all newcomers to the London office are made aware of WIN and its benefits during their onboarding process.
In what ways can companies support their female employees, both professionally and when working from home?
On a professional level, companies can ensure that women’s experience in the workplace enables them to be happy, confident and productive. Women should be encouraged to continue their CPD alongside their current jobs and to apply for new roles. When it comes to working from home, companies should bear in mind that even now women are either providing the majority of childcare or are expected to arrange it. Flexible hours can be extremely helpful for women who are parents and/or carers.
How do you envision a sustainable future?
Individuals, businesses and governments must all work together to bring about real change. It’s as simple as making it a priority, no more excuses and taking action.
The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.