Emily Steele, president of Temenos (North America), which works with CUs across the country
What steps is your organization taking to ensure women continue to advance within the industry?
I firmly believe that diversity is vital to innovation, and to success. We take an inclusive approach to networking and hiring. We recognize that our team members can, and do, bring diverse perspectives. This creates a challenger environment that is open enough to bring new and different ideas to the table while inviting everyone to come together on common ground. With that innate open mindedness, here in North America we have created a leadership team that is roughly 50 percent women, 50 percent men, and brings together people of diverse cultures, beliefs and socioeconomic backgrounds. That diversity continues from the top down.
Going forward, we are also working on two internal initiatives – women in business and women in leadership. These are forums that invite women to share their experiences and advice, but also invite men to come in and understand our world, and share their perspectives on how we can step outside traditional norms. As part of these initiatives, each of our offices is also offering opportunities such as training, networking, and awareness programs.
How have women contributed to your career?
Both men and women have played an immense role [in my career]. My career path, and path to leadership, would not be the same without the mentorship of multiple male leaders, especially when you consider that 15 years ago I was the only woman at the table. Both men and women have a contribution to make as we work toward more diversity, and a better balance across gender, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
If I look at women specifically, of course they have absolutely played a role in my career. With a 50/50 ratio of male and female leaders in my region, and a diverse team whether you look at implementation, development, customer service, marketing, finance, sales or strategy, I am surrounded by women who treat each other with respect, who quietly or vocally bring their experiences to the table, and who work together to make Temenos, the industry, and the world a better place."