Moving the Needle
Jones Day Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 342
06600 Ciudad de México
Jones Day Mexico City hosted a dialogue on the profitability of diversity and the effort of the business and public sectors as it relates to gender equality advancement and the empowerment of women.
Speakers shared the measures and policies that their organizations have adopted to create an environment conducive to the integration, retention, and promotion of women as agents of economic development.
- Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés, partner, Jones Day (Mexico City)
- Yvette McGee Brown, Partner-in-Charge of Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement, Jones Day (Columbus)
- Irene Espinosa, Deputy Governor of Banco de México
- Carolina Machado, ICG Executive Legal Director, Citibanamex
- Gabriela Peña, Commercial Legal Director, IEnova
- Raúl Escalante, Corporate Legal Director, Grupo Modelo / AB InBev Middle Americas
After the dialogue, we identified the following key findings and takeaways:
- The needle of diversity is moving. Mexico is placing an increasing emphasis on the importance of including women. The Mexican government has a hefty goal of filling approximately 40% of key political positions with women in the coming years.
- Desire for diversity. Diverse and mixed-gender teams of lawyers yield demonstrably better results and numerous advantages for clients. As a result, the demand for such diverse teams on client matters has grown tremendously, creating favorable conditions for women in the legal services field.
- Integrating and promoting women in the workforce has a measurable positive economic impact on both a macro and micro scale.
- Women as drivers of their own success. Women have responsibility for their own professional development and must approach their career paths strategically.