Georgina De Loza: Embracing Diversity by Empowering Women
Georgina De Loza, Communications Coordinator at Jabil Guadalajara, says her proudest moment at work thus far was achieving the 2014 Best Site – Communications award. After this year’s Deliver Best Practices Competition, De Loza has a new accomplishment of which to be proud. Her team’s project, titled Women Empowerment, tied for first place in the Social & Environmental Responsibility category with Emmanuel Joseph from Penang.
With their chosen theme song, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, this team’s project is about providing women with the appropriate tools to feel confident when taking the next position or opportunity in their careers. During her presentation, De Loza spoke about several topics that contribute to the low number of women in leadership positions: skills & personal development plan, self confidence, stress level and culture. In order to combat these issues, her program created a networking committee that encourages men to be more aware and supportive of gender issues in the workplace. The program also hosts conferences for women in the working world.
When the team began their project a year ago, only 19% of candidates applying to positions at Jabil were women. By the end of their project, 36% of applications being sent in were by women.
During De Loza’s presentation, she asked Chief Executive Officer Mark Mondello to sign the United Nation’s Women’s Empowerment Principles, which is a set of principles offering guidelines on how to empower women in the workplace. Mondello eagerly agreed, yielding yet another accomplishment for DeLoza and her team.
With 100% of the initial program goals completed, De Loza’s team is looking forward to future opportunities and replicating this program at other Jabil sites.
De Loza proves to be much like her hero, J.K. Rowling, as they are both brave enough to go against what is considered “normal” and take part in creating something meaningful.