International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8th to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally. Keep reading to learn more about how Magical is striving to #EmbraceEquity and what actions the company is taking to build a better workplace for everyone.
But first, what do we mean by #EmbraceEquity? This is the theme of IWD 2023—and one of the first steps any business needs to take in order work towards true inclusion. As a startup, it’s important to us that we not just write about it—but that we also take action. Here at Magical, we are taking active steps to recognize how each person on the team has different circumstances, and allocating the resources and opportunities they need to reach an equal outcome.
Building a remote workplace where women thrive
One of the most significant ways we can achieve equity is to forge inclusive work cultures where women's careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated.
At Magical, we believe in creating a culture that encourages diversity, inclusion, and equity. What does that mean to us? We build diverse teams as we value diverse opinions and thoughts. We want our employees to interpret problems differently, agree, and disagree. We believe that’s how we’ll build something great.
To make this happen, we are striving to create an inclusive environment where women feel safe voicing their opinion and knowing it’ll be heard and valued. We recognize that women may not be on an equal playing field coming into a tech company as these are traditionally male-dominated spaces. This is why we provide resources, mentorship, and coaching to ensure they’re set up for success.
Improving equality for women in tech
The technology industry is notorious for its lack of diversity, with women being underrepresented in many roles, especially engineering. It’s essential to elevate and advance gender parity in technology and celebrate the women forging innovation. Women have made significant contributions to the technology industry, and we must work to ensure equal opportunities for them to excel.
At Magical, our goal is to have 50% of our workforce come from underrepresented groups in the tech field. More specifically, we’re focusing on bringing on more non-male identifying individuals to our engineering team and building teams where they thrive and are given a seat at the table.
Forging women’s empowerment worldwide
One of the missions of IWD 2023 is to shine a spotlight on activity uplifting and inspiring women to pursue goals without bias or barrier. This is something we feel deeply at Magical, because we know first-hand that women can change the world.
Recently, two women at Magical were nominated for awards for being trailblazers and mentors within the tech community. We celebrated them as a whole organization. We’re so proud of what the women at Magical are able to accomplish, within the business and out!
Shining a spotlight on Magical mentors
In celebration of the women at Magical, we will be highlighting them across our social media channels all month. To kick things off for IWD 2023, the women at Magical decided to give back and highlight the importance of mentorship.
We asked the women at Magical to shine a spotlight on their mentors that have significantly impacted their career. Here’s what they said:
At my previous company, I worked closely with Jacqueline Wong, our Head of Business Operations. It was my first time working as an Operations Lead and she took me under her wing and gave countless opportunities to shine. I was invited to company events and strategy meetings, even though I was just a contractor, and she listened attentively to my ideas. She motivated me to be successful, empowered me to make decisions, and valued my input.
- Sasha Campbell, Office Manager
I’m eternally grateful for Jen, the VP of Product at Contrary, for being an exceptional mentor to me. Her knowledge and expertise in both product and venture have provided me with so much guidance and support over the years. I am thankful for her mentorship, friendship, and the impact she has had on my growth!
- Joyce Hsieh, Influencer Marketing Specialist
Norma is the administrator for the electrical engineering department at my school, and while she's not an engineer herself, she was instrumental in helping me find and build a community in my major. Norma connected me with a lot of people and opportunities. She also helped me start a club for gender minorities in my major! (And the number of gender minorities in the classes below me increased!)
- Nicole Tan, Software Engineer
In my first Talent role, I had the pleasure of having Mijay as my manager. She empowered me in my role, gave me autonomy, and was cheering me on in everything I did. What I admire most about Mijay is her leadership style - she’s empathetic but will still challenge you to step outside your comfort zone. It was evident that she cared about me as a person first, then my work and goals. I’m forever grateful for our time working together, her mentorship, and now to call her a friend.
- Simran Sidhu, People & Talent Lead
Throughout my career (and different life stages), I've had the opportunity to work with incredible women who have inspired me and served as role models. In my past life at Atlassian, I got the opportunity to work with Molly Hellerman who at one point led BizOps and then become VP of Innovation Programs. The hardest transition for me in my career was becoming a Mom and returning to work - juggling it all felt impossible. Having Molly to confide in, and to help validate how I was feeling, along with guidance on what helped her (and in turn could help me) left a big impact. I hope to pay it forward for all future and current Moms at Magical.
- Rosie Chopra, COO
My previous manager at Linkedin, Joanie, was a different kind of leader. She prioritized learning about people and their needs before evaluating their output. This method motivated our teams with empathy for each other rather than the impersonal bottom line. It’s easy to assume a female leader is only successful if she acts like the classic white collar man: rude, direct, void of empathy. But Joanie showed that leading people-first results in happier teams and better output. To me, that’s success.
- Clare MacDonald, Product Designer
During my early years at Atlassian, I spent two years on the Online Marketing team. While I enjoyed the work, I felt it was time for a change. Product Marketing seemed like an ideal fit for me as it would allow me to work more closely with customers and products. I had the good fortune of indirectly collaborating with Junie Dinda, who served as the Head of Product Marketing at that time. She recognized my desire to explore new avenues and went out of her way to create a role for me on her team as a Growth Product Marketer. This opportunity enabled me to leverage my analytical skills from Online Marketing while learning more about the craft of Product Marketing. I was grateful for Junie's unwavering belief in my abilities and her guidance, which played a significant role in my professional development—I eventually went on to lead the Product Marketing efforts for Atlassian's new product group.
- Claire Maynard, Head of Marketing
Rosie was my manager at Atlassian and she exemplifies what it means to be a great leader. She believes in the people she leads and constantly challenges them to aim for the moon. I'm inspired by her career trajectory, growth mindset, and get sh*t done attitude!
- Jeanne Thai, BizOps Lead
This is corny but my mom is definitely the woman who has had the biggest impact on my career - a role model who runs her own business, someone who is always challenging herself to learn new technical skills, and my biggest cheerleader.
- Rachael Gilbert, Data & Analytics Lead
The journey ahead…
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women around the world while recognizing the work that still needs to be done. Achieving equity requires commitment and action from all of us. At Magical, we’re committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where everyone can thrive. But there is still a long road ahead—and we are going to continue to do this work long after today is over.