This year for International Women's Day the INVIVO team shares how we will #ChooseToChallenge

For any company, an equitable culture is a thing you practice, not a thing that you are. At INVIVO we’re proud that 66% of our team are women and we want to thank all of the strong female leaders for everything you do. We’ve learned that success comes from a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, is #ChooseToChallenge, and our team has shared some thoughts below on what that means to them.

Kristina and her daughter for IWD

“Sharing the challenge with our next generation of young leaders!”

-Kristina Sauter, SVP Client Services

Amal with her hand raised for IWD

“I am inspired by compassionate leadership, and in my experience, you can only truly do so with diversity at the forefront. In a time when we need compassion more then EVER, I am grateful to have so many different and brilliant voices at the (Zoom) table.”

-Amal Abuzgaya, Account Director

Glendon with hand raised in support of IWD.

“Whether it’s in a creative or scientific field, we men need to learn to listen, and #ChooseToChallenge ourselves to make each industry a space where every voice can be heard.”

-Glendon Mellow, Marketing Manager

MC with hand raised for IWD

“I will always stand up for equality.  For me it’s inspiring to reflect on how far we have come, see the contributions of so many including Ruth Bader Ginsburg and even just how many strong female leaders we have at INVIVO.”

-Marie-Claude Turgeon, Group Account Director

Bonnie with hand raised in support of IWD.

“Leadership needs to focus on self-awareness and respect.

Here is who I am and where I am from.  I respect you, and will be a person you can respect.

From this place I can lead through challenges and transitions.

Together we will make sound decisions based on the unique challenge we face.”

-Bonnie Kuehl, VP of Medical Content

Jamie with mask on and hand up for IWD.

I love this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

-Jamie Erickson, VP of Culture

Juliana with hand raised in support of IWD.

“Daily I am grateful to be able to work with the intelligent, supportive, and inspirational woman here at INVIVO that lead by example. ‘Here’s to strong women: May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.’”

-Juliana Ciccerelli, Creative Director

Nicky with her hand raised in support of IWD.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

-the late Maya Angelou

“Thank you to all the strong, smart, hilarious, and kind women I have in my life that push me and inspire me to do better. 

-Nicky Saldanha, VP of Business Development

Felix with hand raised in support of IWD.

“#ChooseToChallenge everyday barriers to gender parity.”

-Felix Lau, Finance Manager

Jenn with hand raised in support of IWD.

“As a woman in the healthcare space, I choose to call out inequality by highlighting the importance of including women’s bodies in the teaching of anatomy, the study of disease, and pharmaceutical research.”

-Jenn Platt, Senior Medical Animator

Chris with his hand in the

This is one of my favourite quotes as I reflect on what I can do to help enable others to thrive, just like what many (and who happen to be women) had done for me in the past.

‘One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.’

Happy International Women’s Day! Today, and every day.”

-Chris Linaksita, Director, Project Management

Erin raising a hand in support of IWD.

“I am grateful to be surrounded by so many strong women at INVIVO who support, challenge, empathize and encourage me. I’m in awe each and every day by their talent, tenacity and warm hearts. ❤”

-Erin Fawcett, Group Account Director

Kevin and daughter with hands raised in support of IWD.

“Ensuring that my daughter knows there is nothing she can’t do, no barrier she can’t conquer.”

-Kevin Millar, SVP, Creative & Medical Science

Andrea-Bielecki-IWD

“I #ChooseToChallenge gender bias, stereotypes and inequality everyday in the hope of fostering a more inclusive world for future generations. 

Today I celebrate ALL of the women and men who contribute to our diverse and inclusive culture @INVIVO. You inspire me everyday!”

-Andrea Bielecki, CEO