Voices on International Women’s Day

March 8, 2020

Here at bioLytical, we are proud to celebrate the achievements of our team. On March 8th, we recognize the vital contribution of our women team members, from production workers to scientists, from executive leaders to accountants and from sales to customer support – and so many more.

We talked to some of our team to find out what International Women’s Day means to them.

Michelle, Scientific Affairs

“The women I admire the most are Rosalind Franklin, Katherine Johnson and Melinda Gates.”

Rosalind Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer. Recognized in her lifetime for her works on coal and viruses, her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA were largely recognised posthumously.

Katherine Johnson was a pioneering NASA mathematician whose expertise was essential to numerous NASA missions. As a black woman working for NASA in the 1950s and ’60s, she faced significant social boundaries and racial discrimination.

Once the General Manager for Microsoft, Melinda Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. She is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable foundation.

What a stellar line-up! Rosalind Franklin and Katherine Johnson did not always receive the recognition they deserved, but their hard work has made an astounding difference to the world we live in today. Melinda Gates is part of a foundation that is making significant strides towards ending HIV and AIDS, a cause that is closely aligned with our mission here at bioLytical.

Niamh, Quality Control

“If you have a seat at the table then use your seat at the table.”

Niamh explains that her career has grown during her time at bioLytical, and at the same time she has seen her own confidence grow. Now a people manager herself, Niamh says one of her focuses is developing her team members to have the same self-belief.

“Working at bioLytical, I have been inspired and encouraged by others, including those in more senior positions. I feel that you will be heard if you speak up, that this is an inclusive workplace,” she says.

She adds that now, her “spotlight series” initiative is helping her team members to find their own voices, too. “We take turns to present on various topics that are industry relevant. It helps us to stay educated on the important stories and it helps invest in my team’s ability to speak in front of others.”

Jill, Finance

“For me International Women’s Day is about being conscious that gender inequality still exists and help promote the balance at work and life.”

We asked Jill what her advice would be for women looking to break into her industry. Her answer? “Go for it, be confident in what you can accomplish”

Did you know that women account for 44 per cent of current CPA Canada members? Or that women working in financial services earn more than $300 less than men on average per week?

While we’ve made progress over the years, we still have a long way to go. That’s why days like International Women’s Day are important, to help us forge a gender-equal world.

Hytsy, Operations

“I think women should be more confident in themselves.  If they can build their confidence and push themselves to aspire for greater things, then they can be a great and successful leader.”

With an impressive background as an operations leader, Hytsy’s advice is valuable to a whole new generation of women seeking success in this field, which is traditionally considered to be male dominated. How to begin building confidence? For Hysty, International Women’s Day is a great place to start. “It’s a day of acknowledging women and their role in our workplaces, and in society,” she says.

Hytsy adds that sometimes, you can find the path to success by being open-minded about your choices. She says, “Be open and receptive to opportunities outside of your comfort zone.  As long as you put your heart into whatever you do and work for it, there’s no reason for you to fail.”

Eva, Marketing

“To me, International Women’s Day means equal opportunity to be heard, and not based on your gender or appearance. It means that we should actively challenge stereotypes and perceptions and encourage those around us.”

With expertise in developing bioLytical’s voice, and amplifying the voices of our customers, it’s no wonder Eva feels passionately about ensuring everyone gets their chance to speak out.

In her five years with bioLytical, Eva has been the driving force behind the growth of the marketing team. With a multitude of opportunities, she has experienced personal and professional growth and has travelled the world with the company.  Sharing her advice for women considering getting into the field, Eva says “Learning is the most important thing. I surround myself around people smarter than me and take the opportunities as they come. My advice would be to believe in yourself, work hard and take up opportunities as they arise!”

Bailey, Sales

Bailey describes the amazing work of our customers, who are often on the front lines of helping women through issues including sexual health, substance use, HIV diagnosis, mental health, treatment, care and support.  She says,

“I’m so proud to support our customers who offer such vital programs for women – including education. Our customers are working to educate the population that HIV does not discriminate against gender. Because of the stigma that still surrounds HIV, women are left vulnerable.”

With a career so focused on working with the HIV testing community, Bailey has expert advice on anyone looking to break into sales in this field. She says, “Be compassionate and really try to understand the needs of the communities that we work with. Building connections and professional relationships is vital to excelling in sales and advancing your career. Hard work is necessary to achieving your biggest goals and dreams. ‘A little progress each day adds up to big results’ is my favorite quote.”

Livleen, Chief Executive Officer

We close with the powerful words of our CEO, Livleen. Livleen’s vision looks forward to a world where equality and the freedom to choose is an intrinsic part of our daily lives.

“Leading up to International Women’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot about my young son; a little boy full of energy, wonder and beauty.

“Looking at the world through his eyes, we see one parent as a CEO connecting hundreds of people with an inspiring vision, attending events and flying off to far away places on business trips. We see the other parent as a caring nurturer working to keep the family, home and activity calendar running smoothly. This really could describe any 2-parent household. In this case, Mom is CEO and Dad is the glue that keeps us all together. Not every child has the opportunity to see this scenario through the lens of their life.

“It’s been said that ‘you have to see it to be it’. It’s been said that girls have to see women in certain careers to be able to see themselves in those positions as well. I say, we have to be able to see all types of people in all types of roles so that this can become our new normal, so that we can all finally achieve equality.  #EqualForEquality.”


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