March 2021

Women in Leadership, a new Blog Series

From a very young age, my mom always reminded me that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up. This sentiment always came in the form of a story about how she was only ever encouraged to be a secretary, teacher, or nurse. She had chosen to be a nurse, and was happy with her choice, but she marveled at the vast opportunities that lay before me and my sister.

Decades later, I explored different career options. I “went for it” when opportunities presented themselves and found myself in a very different place than my mom was years before. I held jobs in various industries and disciplines and moved to NYC, Philadelphia, and Germany in support of advancing my career. Along the way, I learned the assumptions and expectations of women in the workplace didn’t always evolve at pace with the changing landscape of career opportunities.

Through different organizations and roles and leaders, there were, of course, highlights and lowlights. There were also many “moments.” The moments happen quickly, and sometimes you don’t recognize their depth until they pass, like:

  • Being passed over for a promotion and consoled with comments about having more time to start a family
  • Moving to another country for your job and repeatedly being asked, “what company does your husband work for?”
  • Speaking up in a meeting to have your point re-articulated by a male counterpart, and only then “heard.”
  • Being asked at a work dinner, “Is your husband home babysitting your kids?”

We need to continue to push for women in leadership positions and positions of influence. We need to ensure equity in all opportunities. We have made so much progress. However, as we find ourselves in the middle of a pandemic where women are leaving the workforce in droves, we are reminded of the harsh reality of how far we have to go.

We need to challenge moments that limit our growth as women and as a society. I now look to my own daughter Grace. I try to instill in her the belief that she too can be anything she wants to be when she grows up. Her journey will have its highlights, lowlights, and moments. My hope for Grace and all of us is that we can “choose to challenge,” especially in those moments that matter.

Grace O'Loughlin, Age 7

Grace O’Loughlin, age 7, dreaming of future US Presidency

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2021, I am proud to be the first of Amplity’s “Women in Leadership” blog series, a collection of personal stories and career advice from our female executive leaders and senior management.

We feel there is power in sharing this authentic collection of female stories in hopes they’ll inspire and uplift the next generation of women currently growing meaningful careers. We have so many inspiring stories to share, this post is just the beginning.

Meet the Author

Becky O'Loughlin

Chief People Officer

As Chief People Officer, Becky is charged with the continued evolution of our global people strategy and the commitment to our vision to be a high-performing team that delivers on true partnership so colleagues and clients choose us time and again. Becky brings more than 20 years of experience as a human resource leader and management consultant to Amplity Health. She leads our strategies around talent, leadership, organization, and culture, enabling our organization and teams to operate at their best and exceed client expectations. Previously, Becky worked in management consulting with Accenture before launching her human resources career at QVC and Qurate Retail Group. Throughout her HR tenure, Becky has been focused on managing business transformations that drive organizational alignment, talent management strategies, and a strong company culture. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Le Moyne College. Becky and her family enjoy sports and travel. They spent 2 years living in Dusseldorf, Germany and enjoy traveling abroad, lake life in upstate New York, and quality time with friends and family. Becky is an avid runner—for fitness, for the great company of her running friends, and for a brief mental break from all the crazy.