Despite gender biases in the workplace, especially for
industries traditionally dominated by men, women are now rising to the top and
showcasing their unique brand of leadership.
Eastern Communications, a
premier telecommunications company in the country, believes in diversity and
inclusion and with two women at the helm, the company’s success is a showcase
of what women leaders can do in the workplace. Moreover, its key partners,
Plantation Bay and Australian - New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, also led by
powerful women, can also attest to the effectiveness of having women at the
How have these women made
an impact in their respective fields? Here are some insights on their
The power of positive influence
Being in the industry for
15 years, Plantation Bay General Manager Cherry Allego says that believing in
the power of influence within an organization can greatly impact people’s
behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions.
Plantation Bay General Manager
Because to her,
“Greatness is not measured merely by how long you served or by your gender. It
is how you influence others to do great. With this, we grow together in our
field of expertise and take pride in the learnings we acquired through the
Allego also continues to
emphasize the importance of understanding what the organization needs and
trusting the capabilities of your group in order to prosper together. Moreover,
she is driven by the power of giving and getting full support through
influencing others to strive for growth and excellence.
“The secret is to serve
with all your heart. There is nothing to fear when you know you have the full
support of the group.” she added.
For the executive
director for Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce, Maricar Gonzales
understands the challenge of proving yourself as a woman worthy of a higher
position while steering a company in the middle of a pandemic.
“It’s just ingrained in me
that failure is not trying. I focus on what needs to be done, and more
importantly, the why. Also, when things don’t work out, I see it as a step
closer to success and just keep progressing” she stated.
|Executive Director for Australia-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce
The year 2020 might have
been a rough year for most industries but Gonzales said that the last year has
been the best year for the chamber since it began 40 years ago. Her ability to
lead the company towards success in these taxing times can be attributed to her
consistent persevering attitude.
Fostering employee wellbeing
not only takes pride in their personalized customer service but as well as
their prioritization over their employee’s wellbeing. For the company’s
co-coordinators Atty. Aileen Regio and Hermi Hizon, although there were
challenges in creating a better environment that could improve the management
practices of the company, the duo were able to power through.
As they transitioned to a
more refreshed company culture that promotes a strong connection between staff
and executives, this matter began to disappear.
Atty. Aileen Regio
|Eastern Communications Co-Coordinator
“While we continuously
distinguish ourselves as a telco with personalized customer service, we also
make sure that our employees’ needs and concerns are being attended just as how
we do it to our clients,” shared Atty. Regio.
Despite the pandemic
bringing great challenges to the company, the combined teamwork of Atty. Regio
and Hizon together with their diligent employees has helped Eastern
Communications thrive during this time.
|Eastern Communications Co-Coordinator
According to Hizon, “The
pandemic is one of the biggest challenges we faced as a company and as leaders,
we have to be agile and be on top of everything to be able to adapt to the new
environment. We appreciate the coordination of the whole company and for
trusting us in this trying time.”
As people observe more women competently serving as
leaders, it will no longer seem strange that a woman is in charge. But
there still is a long way to go. A great and fearless leader is defined not by
their gender but by how they rise to success together with their people.