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“Having a diverse workforce is not enough. Creating an inclusive environment for our diverse workforce to thrive in, is the key to unlock greater creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking solutions for our customers. An integral part of building such an inclusive culture is showcasing our talented employees and their personal stories and celebrating both our similarities and our differences.” says Leandri Meyer, Program Manager Diversity and Inclusion.
Without a doubt, women have come a long way in taking up their rightful place in society as strong, independent and successful entrepreneurs, logistics experts, scientists, engineers, innovators, managers… though this has not come without its unique challenges. With our #ChooseToChallenge campaign, DB Schenker acknowledges these challenges and showcases how their powerful women overcame specific stereotypes in their careers and carved their own personal journeys to success. We are proud of our people who best represent our diversity of thought. We invite you to this of many inspiring stories.
Thessa, Chief Commercial Officer
60% of DB Schenker Brazil’s
employees are female. Responsible for setting sales strategies and interacting
with IT, Finance, Human Resources, and other departments, this Chief Commercial Officer-Brazil works to identify the best business opportunities for DB Schenker.
According to Thessa, there’s a lot of fairness in DB Schenker – Brazil’s recruitment process. “There’s no cherry picking by gender or salary,” says Thessa. This approach translates into a majority representation for women in operational supervisory and management positions.
“Three out of five branch managers and three out of nine board members here are women,” says Thessa, who would personally like to see more women on the company’s warehouse operational staff and serving as global board members.
“Although I am glad to work in a non-discriminative environment, we know every day a lot of women suffer and fight against discrimination,” says Thessa, who believes strongly in the self-empowerment of women in Brazil and to believe in their rights and to shamelessly fight for them.
This topic is very special for Thessa, who has three daughters. “I’m sure they will carry this fight,” she says. “They may eventually suffer discrimination, but hopefully in a different or easier environment than I did.”
Check out more inspiring stories from women throughout our organization here!