To celebrate International Women’s Day at Verisk—and to showcase Verisk as a leading data analytics company with diverse leadership—Verisk is highlighting its women leaders through a series of Q&A blog posts focusing on this year’s theme, #PressForProgress.
We spoke with Lynda Logan, executive vice president of global sales at Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk business. Wood Mackenzie, a global leader in commercial intelligence for the energy and metals and mining industries, provides objective analysis and advice on assets, companies, and markets, giving clients the insight they need to make better strategic decisions.
What does progress mean to you?
When we reach a point where we don't have a gender pay-gap challenge. We don't have an equal-pay issue, but we're still in a situation where there are more men than women at the senior levels, and this drives the gender pay gap.
What do you believe are the major areas of opportunity for progress in the workplace?
If we think about bringing more women into the organization, we need to think about recruiting and working harder to get an equal balance of candidates at those first stages. Blind CVs is one way, since we all have our biases, conscious or unconscious. We also need to make it easier for women to come back to work after maternity leave—and when they do come back, not make assumptions about what roles they may/may not want to do.
If you could give one piece of advice to the next generation of women leaders, what would it be?
Don't be afraid to ask for help and to push for development. I think we often believe it will be seen as a sign of weakness so we tackle things on our own and hope that we will be recognized for our efforts.