International Women’s Day 2019: I’mbalanced
We took the official theme, Balance for Better, built on it and created the I’mbalanced campaign.
Over the last few days, everyone has been given the opportunity to make a small suggestion for a better, more balanced 2019 and beyond.
Chief People & Operations Officer at C Space
Phil Burgess is Chief People & Operations Officer at C Space, where he focuses on leading our people strategy. Phil is passionate about building an inclusive business – striving to create an agency that is dedicated to attracting and retaining the best talent. In 2017, he led the team that won the MRS Best Agency Award as C Space London’s joint-managing director, along with Felix Koch. For Phil, a typical day at work includes a lot of listening, several cups of coffee, and plenty of culture revamping. Outside of work, he’s likely to be found out and about in Massachusetts, where he recently relocated with his family.
We’re entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.
The 8th March is International Women’s Day. It’s often a day of celebration – of amazing women, of progress made – and rightly so. But on the 9th March, it’s all too easy to slip back into the same old ways of working, and not take the time to discuss how we can continue to work towards a better and more equal world.
This year, we wanted to do something inspiring, to push the status quo and move away from the normal one day of celebration on social media. We wanted to inspire our people and give everyone, in every office, the opportunity to make suggestions for how we, they and the world could do and be better.
Together with Interbrand, we asked all of our people globally, to take part in a true drive for meaningful change. We took the official theme, Balance for Better, built on it and created the I’mbalanced campaign. Over the last few days, everyone has been given the opportunity to make a small suggestion for a better, more balanced 2019 and beyond.
Suggestions and provocations will go up in every C Space and Interbrand office around the world, for all to read and learn from. Then, as we think about how we can build a more diverse and inclusive business, we’re committed to working with our team to move from conversation to action.
We did something similar last year, as part of Omniwomen’s #Takeiton challenge, where the discussions and commitments we made on IWD led to us rethinking our approach to parental leave in the UK. 6 months later, the momentum enabled us to do the same thing across our US offices. We’re excited to see what meaningful and sustained change will result from the combined global efforts of our team this year.