As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.
Meet Gail Wilkinson. She’s the Senior Vice President of People.
What does a Senior Vice President of People do?
Gail is responsible for the People function at CA which incorporates – People Business Partners, Talent Requisition and Talent Development, Reward and People Ops.
“Ultimately though I am here to support the business on all aspects relating to the leadership and management of their people.”
Bring What You Bring
At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Gail about what she brings to CA she told us that one of her main assets is her vast experience. She brings 25 years of knowledge gained from experience in Banking and Tech industries.
“I bring a sense of purpose and determination to ensure that our Company succeeds through the leadership of its most valuable asset, its people.”
One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders
With Gail’s vast breadth of experience, it was refreshing to hear the one piece of advice she would offer is to be yourself!
“Be yourself, don’t assume a role or a personality you think people want you to be but be who you are. You are more valuable if you are yourself and more authentic and authentic leadership ensures a more open and honest working environment where people are focussed on deliverables and outcomes that are best for the Company.”
My female inspiration
One of Gail’s inspirations is Dame Anita Roddick – Founder of the Body Shop.
“It was the first time I really thought about females being founders and CEO’s of a company. She took an idea and grew it and stayed true to her principles.”
Women in Leadership qualities
CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Gail has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.
“You must know your self – strengths and weaknesses to be able to lead others, you have to be authentic in leading others so people know where they stand with you and you must be resilient to manage the pressures placed upon you.”
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