Morgan McKinley’s “Women in Finance” event on 1st December 2016 partnering with Johnson & Johnson group in Japan (Johnson & Johnson) as a thought leader in diversity and inclusion globally and in Japan, proved to be a very successful collaboration.
The panel discussion touched upon some current hot topics including “What are non-traditional ways of becoming a successful business partner in Finance?” and the panel members gave our audience some useful and immediately applicable career tips.
Over 40 attendees, who are working as a finance professional across different industries had the chance to voice their opinions and to have interactive discussion with five Finance leaders from Johnson & Johnson’s different business sectors (Medical, Vision Care and Consumer Company and Janssen Pharma).
After the panel discussion our attendees mingled with top finance professionals in the venue including guests from Johnson & Johnson, and asked their questions directly, giving it a personal touch and creating a low-threshold platform to interact. While discussion went beyond gender diversity, it turned out that the event was a great opportunity for all levels of financial professionals, especially women, to share their challenge in career development, and to ask direct advice from their peers and successful leaders.
One of the most interesting parts of the evening was a description by one of the panel members of how she progressed her career in finance because it showed that there is more than one way to succeed.
In some situations, you have different priorities depending on the life stage, such as your children or an older parent in need which takes priority over your career. In a lot of cases it tends to be women who will make extra efforts for the situations. However, this manager stated that this does not mean a failure even though the situation does not seem to be ideal for someone who aims to be No 1. in finance, because in those times, all you can do is focus on being the best support for your team or manager, which eventually helps you become a great leader who understands how to optimize diverse talents in truly inclusive environment.
Leading the panel members, Mr. Juan Graham (Janssen Pharma), also stated that as a CFO it is his role to build teams of people with diverse experiences and thoughts so that business can continue to grow and innovate, and a group of diverse finance professionals can do a lot to bring better solutions with same goal, by diagnosis of current practices, putting right plans in place, coaching business partners towards better decision making.
We thank Johnson & Johnson for their cooperation and for speaking on the panel. Johnson & Johnson is pushing hard for diversity and inclusion not only based on gender, but also on race, age, sexual orientation. We at Morgan McKinley support these efforts and we hope our joint message reaches others as well