International Women’s Day

Why We #PressForProgress: International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day unites millions of people around the world. It’s a celebration of the incredible women, both past and present, paving the way for gender equality and female empowerment. We have the courage to change the world is one of our core values here at CampusLogic. Today (and every day) we recognize the extraordinary acts of courage and determination made by ordinary women who have helped shape a better world.

We believe in #OneOfaKindness—the power of each person to shape the kind of world they want to live in. Meet some of the incredible female leaders at CampusLogic who are dedicated to empowering women in the workplace—and building greater momentum as we continue to #PressForProgress.

Allison Duquette, Chief Revenue Officer

What inspired you to pursue a career in your particular industry?

I’ve always loved technology and I’m passionate about using technology as an enabling tool for educators and students.  The business of providing high quality educational services seems to grow increasingly more complex (and regulated) as time goes on, and many of the critical issues that need to be addressed by schools can only be solved through effective use of appropriate technology.  I find it very gratifying to see the very tangible, measurable benefits that innovative technology can make in creating a better experience for parents, students, and education professionals.

Tell us about a woman in your industry who has inspired you and why?

Many years ago, I was with Pearson PLC, an educational publishing company. I was fortunate to be able to spend quite a bit of time with the CEO, Marjorie Scardino. While Marjorie was a terrific visionary and an inspirational leader, she was also unassuming, funny, approachable and compassionate. Marjorie established Pearson’s core values of being brave, imaginative and decent, and she personally modeled those values in how she approached leading an enormous, global organization. I feel very fortunate to have had such an outstanding role model earlier in my career who taught me the importance of organizational culture, and how much further a team can get when everyone feels emotionally committed to the outcomes.

Why do you #PressForProgress?

I’ve been immensely blessed during the course of my career to have interacted with both strong female and male role models who provided intentional advancement opportunities for women.  The day women truly have the same opportunities for career enrichment and advancement as their male counterparts is still far off, but the pace of progress is picking up rapidly and I know that continuing to encourage and support women to make their voices heard in every aspect of both their personal and professional lives is critical to sustaining this momentum.

Colleen Shannon, Chief Financial Officer

What inspired you to pursue a career in your particular industry? 

My father was an accounting teacher—He got me interested in the field. In an accounting role, you can work in any “industry” as long as you have good technical skills. When I was in college, public accounting was a viable option for women because starting wages were standardized, and I saw it as excellent career path for me. 

Have you seen attitudes/culture change since you started your career in this industry? 

Yes, absolutely.  If you look back to when I started in public accounting, there was excellent gender diversity in entry level positions, however, there was a disproportionate percent of partners or executives that were men.  Now, there is greater diversity in the accounting field throughout all levels.  Is the pay equal? Is there a 50/50 ratio of men to women? Probably not. But we are moving in the right direction.

Why do you #PressForProgress? 

Because every one of us has a voice and we need to use it. I believe that women, especially those in senior leadership roles, must continue to fight for equality of pay and opportunity in the workplace, academics and athletics. If we don’t, who will make it better for those who come behind us?  We need to keep paying it forward.

Chrisy Woll, VP of Customer SuccessChrisy Woll, Vice President of Customer Success

What role or impact would you like to play in relation to women’s rights, today?

My hope is that I can be an example to all women that we deserve a seat at the table. I feel very responsible for helping the women around me have more opportunity and ensure they are never treated differently because of their gender. I’m so proud to be a woman in the EdTech industry, where women are still very underrepresented. I hate that women feel like they need to be something they are not to earn a place in Leadership. Women don’t have to do anything differently. We deserve to show up just as we are, with all of our talent, passion, and ideas, and be heard equally. I look forward to the day this is a reality—I feel like we are getting closer.

Have you seen attitudes/culture change since you started your career in this industry?

I think it depends on who you work with, but I do believe the conversation is spreading—And hopefully the conversation leads to awareness of the underlying issues that are still present in many companies. I can still remember one of my managers many years ago saying to me “I’m sure you’d prefer to leave work every day by 3 p.m. to be home with your daughter.” Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter, but I’m also passionate about my career and this comment was never made to the men around me. I feel so lucky to work for a CEO that is diversity-driven and passionate about creating a work environment without discrimination. I now sit around the table with so many incredible women. It is awesome!

Why do you #PressForProgress?

I have a 22-year-old daughter and I want her to see me breaking down barriers so she knows it is possible. I believe women are the heartbeat in this world and the more women we empower to do great things, the better this world will be. I can’t believe that in 2018 we still have to talk about the pay gap between men and women—And that is why I press for progress. I love this quote by B.R. Ambedkar, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress women have achieved.” I’m inspired by powerful women and I hope to be one of those women for the next generation to look up to.

Amy GlynnAmy Glynn, Vice President of Financial Aid & Community Initiatives

What inspired you to pursue a career in your particular industry?

I knew that I wanted to work with students and help them to improve not only their lives, but the lives of their families. There is no better way to do that than to help them achieve their goals and advancement through higher education. By finding a way to fund college, students are able to exponentially better their own lives and the lives of their children at the same time.

Tell us about a woman in your industry who has inspired you and why?

I was given my first role as a Director at the age of 25 by a female President. I was young and part of a male-dominated team. She was an unbelievable mentor to me, and still is. She saw something in me and took a chance. There was not a day that passed that I did not learn from her. A strong and intelligent leader, she was also compassionate and family-oriented. She taught me that it is possible to be strong, independent, opinionated and compassionate all at once—and that as a professional and as a woman it was okay to be all of those things. What others may see as weaknesses were actually great strengths.

Why do you #PressForProgress?

We can always do things better, stronger, and faster than we have in the past. It is important to continue to strive for improvements in everything that we do and are a part of. 

Heather Dunn, CampusLogic VP of MarketingHeather Dunn, Vice President of Marketing

Tell us about a woman in your industry who has inspired you and why?

One of my early mentors was a former executive at Apple in the Steve Jobs days. She inspired me to be a strong leader, to know that men and women lead differently—and that’s a good thing—and that pursuing a career and family is achievable.

Have you seen attitudes/culture change since you started your career in this industry?

I’ve seen many changes since I started my career. For a long time, I was the only woman sitting at the leadership table. That’s starting to change. In the last three years, I’ve been at CampusLogic where 50% of the leadership team is female and almost 75% of the executive leadership team is female. That’s a major step forward.

Why do you #PressForProgress?

So that my daughter, and generations to follow, can be anything they want without limitations.

Stacie MallenStacie Mallen, Chief People Officer

Tell us about a woman in your industry who has inspired you and why?

Ann Rhoades is the very best example of a woman who is fearless in the pursuit of being her authentic self.  Ann was the head of the HR function that partnered with Herb Kelleher to drive the award-winning performance of Southwest Airlines.  She then went on to do it again at Jet Blue and continues to partner with CEOs to change the perspective on how values and purpose-based business can drive the top line for an organization.  She is dynamic, inspiring and genuine.  She sits around a board table as a force and expert in her craft.  After speaking with her, I walk away wanting to conquer that next challenge as she removes the fear of failing and extracts your doubts about being good enough to deserve success—and that is the sign of a great leader.

Have you seen attitude/culture change since you started your career in this industry?

There has been a significant evolution in some areas of business since I started in the working world 20+ years ago.  The reality is, those people in People Operations and HR who should help guide organizations to greater diversity and opportunity are themselves still sitting in great gender inequality.  Around 65% of the HR practice is female while statistics cite between 60-75% of Senior Leadership in the profession is male. There has been progress related to mid-level leadership but we still have work to do related to board seats, Executive Leadership and recognition for females that are innovating in the space.

Why do you #PressForProgress?

As a leader, mother, mentor and coach I think about the impact that being a woman has had in my life (for better and worse) and apply it to the world I would like all of those I touch to experience in their own journey.  There is strength in being a woman in business and what we bring to the table, however, there is still work to do to level the playing field.  The action I can take today is to be the best I can and reach out to those who want to do more, try harder and gain exposure—to invite inclusive experiences that improve the trajectory of our society. #PressForProgress is about taking action today so we can promise that tomorrow will be better for everyone.

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