Our own Nicola Morris recently gave a fantastic interview to Forbes.com’s Jill Griffin on the work that we are doing at WEX to promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
As our chief corporate development officer and president of emerging markets, Nicola has been intentional about improving the workplace for women in male-dominated fields where they are too often isolated. In STEM fields in particular, women account for just 22 percent of the workforce and leave in large numbers each year.
Nicola shared with Forbes that our company employs roughly 50/50 men and women and is run by a female CEO, Melissa Smith, and an executive team that’s comprised of several women. She also spoke about our CodeX program, Women at WEX group, mentorship program and how her undergraduate experience at Wellesley primed her for success.
“The misunderstanding is that the women who come out of single-sex schools don’t know how to work in a male-dominated world,” said Nicola. “Actually, the opposite is true. I graduated not noticing that it’s a male-dominated world. It never occurred to me that I shouldn’t speak up in a room full of men or shouldn’t have a seat at the table because I’d been speaking up and had an equal seat for four years.”
We think this is a critical topic for today’s workforce and a great read. Find it on Forbes.com.
Be sure to also read the Wall Street Journal’s feature on Nicola and how WEX eased relocation to Maine for her by helping her husband search for work.