Mary Stork

2017 Session | Gender Partnership: Engaging Men as Advocates to Pioneer Gender Equity

By engaging men in advocating for more equal workplaces, we’re creating better leaders, stronger businesses, more fulfilling lives for both women and men as well as establishing a business imperative required at all levels from all managers. The stats are staggering, in terms of where women stand in the workplace even after all this time, and will need an all hands-on deck approach to make the changes necessary for equality. Yet, while progress is slow, it is critical to understand that advancements are being made and this forward movement is not being solely spearheaded by women. This session will bring together top female and male executives to share their firsthand experiences and contributions for achieving gender equity within their organizations. Together we will:

  • Identify methods in which women can form closer ties and partner with male counterparts to work together more effectively;
  • Illustrate tangible strategies in the workplace for the handling of personnel management, hiring and promotions so all employees are on an equal playing field; and
  • Demonstrate practical steps in which you can build a business case internally to engage men as advocates to impact positive change and equity within your organization.

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Diversification: It’s More Than a Portfolio Strategy

By Mary Stork, President, Financial Planning and Advice, USAA

Just as diversifying a financial portfolio makes it stronger, building and promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion make an organization stronger and benefit all involved. I believe that wholeheartedly, not only because I’m a financial planner at heart, but because I’ve seen the value and power that diversity and inclusion bring both in my personal and professional life.

Many times when we talk about diversity, we tend to focus on a person’s outward appearance—race, gender. But even more important in terms of diversity are each person’s unique perspective, experiences, expertise and skills. Diversity is about people. Inclusive organizations focus on the unique differences of their people and encourage collaboration to unlock creativity, innovation and potential. Some of the most successful businesses apply this mindset to deliver the best possible service to their customers, better grow their portfolio, and develop talent. Read More

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