On March 8, we recognize International Women's Day (IWD) – a global movement promoting equality and a gender-inclusive world. This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity – today and beyond, we all have a part in actively supporting equity within our communities and workplaces. When we embrace equity, we embrace diversity, and we embrace inclusion.
To celebrate this day, we sat down with Stephanie Jones, Gilma Cortes and Leanne Zee – three inspiring women who are making a positive impact within the TC Energy community.
Meet Stephanie Jones, an Operations Manager based in Sarahsville, Ohio. Stephanie was one of the first women to graduate from the Oil and Gas Engineering Technology program at Zane State College, all while balancing a full-time job and her roles as a wife and mother.
“Along the way, I had all these strong people who were behind me and supported everything that I was doing. I feel very fortunate that I was able to do all of these things and come out on the other side successful.”
Meet Gilma Cortes, the Manager of Project Development in Mexico. Gilma is one of three co-leads of the new Women@TCE Employee Inclusion Network who wants to lead the charge in breaking barriers, giving voice to all women at TC Energy and building a community of mentorship. A busy mom, wife and leader, she believes women shouldn’t be shy about taking up more space – literally and figuratively – on the road to equality.
“International Women's Day is a day to honour women and all the things that they done to give us the rights that we have – but I believe that we need to celebrate women 365 days at year.”
Meet Leanne Zee, the Manager of Social Impact who is based in Calgary. Leanne works alongside Gilma as the Canadian co-lead of the Women@TCE Employee Inclusion Network. As a longtime TC Energy employee with supportive leaders and mentors who were her biggest champions, Leanne is now passing on that empowerment to her young daughter.
“Becoming a mother, there’s nothing more important to me than raising a young woman who is confident and empowered, who is strong in her convictions…. Mentorship, championing the next generation and lifting other women up is what International Women’s Day means to me.”