We spoke with our consultants to find out about their experiences, what equality means to them and advice on what women can do to excel within the work environment.

By exploring the obstacles for gender equality we can then only then begin to dispel the disparity. Read on to hear what they had to say..

What does equality mean to you?


Natalie Wattenbach: Being considered for the same opportunities as everyone else. 

Chris Gallimore: Equality in recruitment should mean that in theory, the best candidate for any given position should be chosen, irrespective of anything outside of the ability to perform a role. 

Tom Hughes: The best people do well , irrespective of which gender they are.

Luke Wheeler: Everyone gets to start on a fair end even playing field. What happens after that is dependent on them – without any prejudices or vendettas.

How can women in the workplace make their mark?

Maria Palmiero: Strong women in the workplace have the ability to create a solid work/life balance. They are not afraid to make themselves heard, and are able to transform weaknesses into strengths. Whilst empathy in the workplace is often seen negatively, many women see it as a tool allowing them to create stronger and more meaningful connections.

Abigail Lee: They need to be confident to speak up and put their ideas forward. Really it shouldn’t be about a “women” making her mark. It should be about what qualities and knowledge hey can bring to the company/role and having the confidence to speak up when needed.

Emma Jones: The same way men do – through hard work, perseverance, mutual respect and merit. More importantly, women should be making their mark because they are women, not in spite of it.

Holly Ackland: By continuing to do exactly as they are championing equality and leading by example. By not bowing down to positive discrimination.


Which female leaders have inspired you throughout your career?

Yax Maldonado: My 3 older sisters are all professionals and all work in different fields. 2 of them are mothers and the other is the only one with a Bachelor degree. I am in awe of how they have manage to take all the obstacles life can give, and still continue to fight for their families and dreams.

Maria Palmiero: I deeply admire all the women I have met growing up, who were continuously discriminated and still are to this day. I was raised up in a small and close-minded village where women often have a voice, and all that is expected of them is to take care of their family. Witnessing such discrimination has spurred me to fight for my rights in a society where men were paid twice as much as women but were doing half the work. 

Emma Jones: I’ve worked and studied in areas that are generally male-dominated. I work, not only in recruitment, but in technology recruitment for energy and commodities trading players. I studied strategic and security studies throughout my undergraduate and Masters. The women that have worked in these roles before me have not only made it easier for me to succeed but have also began to breakdown the typical stereotypes that prevail in both places. At Proco, my fellow female researchers, our AD here in London, and our MDs globally prove over and over again that women cannot only succeed, but they can dominate. Our top billers in 2019 at both a Consultant and a Researcher level were women – both of them have inspired me.

What do you expect to see in the next 5 years with regards to gender parity?

Jocelyn Vade: More awareness to the clients and engagement from our side as well to promote equality at all level, gender, sexual orientation, origin, etc. When you start tackling gender equality, the other discrimination will follow.

Matias Figueiras: I expect the pay gap to narrow but I don’t see it closing completely within 5 years. Very few countries are progressive in this regard. I expect to see an increase of females in leadership positions at executive, board member and national presidents – not just in middle management. 

Chris Gallimore: I hope to see pay and benefits being equalised across the board and rewards being based on achievement rather than anything else. I think we are still a way off in terms of achieving “equality” in terms of gender (or any other metric ‘x’ ; age, race; sexuality etc) representation across the board. Whether it is right or wrong, there are, for example, simply not as many female engineers as there are male engineers. So therefore, until there is an equal number of x in the talent pool, there will be disparity 

Jonathan L King: I believe that we will see more CEOs who will be women and will add to diverse opinions. 

Chris Corcoran: I expect to see all companies to continue driving towards an equal balance of gender in the board room. 

What message do you want to give to tomorrow’s young female leaders?

Phil Marshall: Be bold and ambitious and shape your own future. In today day and age there is no limit to what can be achieved.

Matias Figueiras: This is a golden age where equality is becoming a realistic vision within our lifetime. Business and Science recognizes the benefits for all in having diversity. Strive for it! 

Jocelyn Vade: Each individual has the power to act and embraces differences. 

Luke Wheeler: Have a strong, intelligent and confident voice. Anyone can do it! It’s the most common trait I’ve seen in the best female leaders I’ve come across.

Visit procothinking.com to find out how Proco are celebrating women’s achievement. #EachforEqual

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