Chris is the President of Nielsen’s U.S. FMCG and Retail businesses. He leads the teams responsible for helping clients measure outcomes and drive business improvements through a deeper understanding of what consumers buy in the largest market for the company.
I’ll admit that I was a bit apprehensive when the team approached me about co-leading the Women in Nielsen (WIN) employee resource group. I was honored to be selected and excited to get started, but I wasn’t sure how I would fit in.
It struck me that women around the world can feel a similar unease far more often than I did in that moment. More of a reminder than a wake-up call, the invitation pushed me to do my part in creating and maintaining an inclusive culture at Nielsen. We’ll never close the gender gap if men aren’t involved as well.
International Women’s Day 2018 makes a call to Press For Progress. Individuals and corporations will heed that call in many different ways: through global movements and marches, small moments of awareness and everything in-between. At Nielsen, we’re announcing our official partnership with Lean In and renewing our commitment to empowering women in the workplace. We’re releasing some data on the progress of women in movies, music and sports—areas that have been in the spotlight recently. We’ll even have a webinar geared toward both men and women, focused on helping men be more aware of how they can join together for gender parity.
And join together we must. The World Economic Forum recently reported that closing the Global Gender Gap will take 217 years at its current pace—a number that hits extra close to home when I think about my own young daughters. We can and must accelerate the pace of change with a #PressforProgress on March 8 and everyday thereafter.
When I think about the women who have supported me in my career, the least I can do is to find time to give back. I have had the privilege to work directly for and alongside some of the greatest female leaders in our industry, and I have become a better person for it. I hope their influence carries through to give me insight to help mentor and advance the current and future generations of female leaders.
On this International Women’s Day, I’m motivated and energized. I’m proud and humbled to be a sponsor of the Women in Nielsen group. I’m thankful that our company plays a part in advancing equality through our talented people, expansive data and global expertise.