CELEBRATING GIRLS TODAY AND EVERY DAY

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, distinctly recognizing girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world (International Day of the Boy Child is May 16). The goal of International Day of the Girl is to support opportunities for girls and increase awareness around gender inequality faced by girls worldwide. The celebration also demonstrates that girls and young women are increasingly a priority in policy and programming and that supporting their growth journey helps to ensure the future of our global economy.

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“Everything You See Exists Together in a Delicate Balance.” – Mufasa, Disney’s Lion King

(*Originally published on LinkedIn)

My enthusiasm for all things Disney started early. I was drawn to the total escapism that the parks provided, the joy that families experienced when engaging with the brand, and the storytelling pervasive in everything Disney touched. I love the House of Mouse so much that I wrote a significant portion of my case studies at Columbia Business School on the company, its culture, and the entrepreneur that imagineered it, Walt Disney.

My devotion to the brand extended to fashion. As a child, my mother was big on self-expression. My daily uniform consisted of a white, long undershirt with a repeating pattern of Minnie Mouse’s face, which I styled with a turquoise bathing suit, opaque stockings, and a skirt. Fortunately, social media didn’t exist yet.

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Procurement With Purpose

Held annually on Summer Solstice, the International Day of Purpose encourages us all to reflect, realign, and recommit to making personal and business decisions through a purpose-driven lens.

On this day, as we think about purpose from a business perspective, what is the connection between procurement and purpose? Where do they intersect? And what can we do differently in our decisions to support purpose-driven ideas that generate positive social impact, transparent supply chains, and buying/selling products that are responsibly sourced? Let’s look a little closer at these questions to gain a broader perspective on procurement and its intersection with purpose. 

Procurement with purpose is becoming increasingly important to many companies. Companies are looking to use their third-party spend in ways that incorporate socially-responsible objectives and that reflect company values. Now more than ever, consumers are demanding that brands and retailers pay attention to and contribute to a socially-impactful footprint.  

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