Maureen MacInnis receives 2018 Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award
Maureen MacInnis, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Communications at Dentsply Sirona, has been recognised by a six-member jury for her commitment to the development and advancement of women leaders. She was honoured on 14 November 2018 at Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute held in Phoenix, Arizona.
Linkage, Inc., a global leadership development company, honoured four recipients including MacInnis at a special awards ceremony. The Executive Impact Award recognises those who have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing women leaders and have accelerated the growth of women in their organisation and community.
MacInnis commented: “This is an honour I share with all the women of Dentsply Sirona. Our leadership and career development efforts are sustainable because we are taking action together. Every week, I learn about new examples, confirming the strength of our global Women Inspired Network and the results for our customers and colleagues.”
MacInnis leads a global team of some 310 human resources and communications professionals and is a member of the company’s executive team. Dentsply Sirona employees nominated MacInnis for the award in recognition for her efforts to advance women and her commitment to promoting diversity across the organisation.
Advancing women leaders
A spokesperson explained: “Maureen MacInnis established Dentsply Sirona’s Women Inspired Network (WIN), a platform for women leaders at Dentsply Sirona to support the acceleration of their career development by building key leadership competencies and developing stronger networks. Now in its fourth year, the current cohort includes 27 participants, who join the more than 75 who are already part of the Network.”
“I view my role as that of a steward,” MacInnis continued. “You’re remembered for what you build, and I constantly ask myself, how can I help the next generation?”
Dentsply Sirona has a 130-year history of innovation and service to the dental industry and patients worldwide. The company develops, manufactures, and markets a comprehensive solutions package – including dental and oral health products – as well as other consumable medical devices under a strong portfolio of world class brands.
Inspirational global forum
Linkage hosted a panel with the four award recipients. On a stage in front of more than 900 female executives from Fortune 1000 companies, non-profits and global government agencies around the world, the honourees shared insights into how their personal experiences shaped their careers.
In a statement Linkage said: “Since 1999, Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™ (WIL), a four-day immersive learning experience, has equipped more than 10,000 women with actionable strategies to overcome the seven hurdles women often face in the workplace.”
1. Confidence (Can I do this?). Evidence suggests that women lack self-confidence.
2. Branding & Presence (How am I showing up?). What are people saying when we leave the room? What do we want people to say when we leave the room? If there is any disparity between the two, it’s every leader’s job to fix.
3. Ambivalence (Do I know what I want?). When asked what their next professional step will be, many women will admit to not having a clear answer.
4. Networking (Who has time?). Making time and taking time to build a network seems inefficient if not superfluous to many women. Shift your thinking from tracking the “time costs” of networking to making relationship-building a strategic priority.
5. Making the ask (How do I ask for what I want?). Research shows that when it comes down to asking for what we want, women have work to do. If we don’t get comfortable asking, how can those around us support us in multiplying our impact?
6. Proving our value (Why can’t I do it all?). Overcompensating, over-delivering, doing it ourselves, taking on too much, wanting to make it perfect — all of this makes it even harder to shift to a focus on bringing others along.
7. Bias (Bias? What bias?). What beliefs and assumptions have we accepted (perhaps unconsciously) and how are they keeping us from training for and overcoming these hurdles?