Whether it’s the enjoyment of process implementation, the satisfaction of identifying risks, the thrill of shielding the company from harm or just for pure curiosity and inspiration, the list of reasons why women are getting involved in compliance is a long one. The female panelists emphasised even greater rewards for women considering a career in the field, such as a lifelong learning process, the opportunity to work with people, the chance to apply influencing skills and the experience of conquering new challenges on a daily basis.
While much is made of gender quotas and wage gaps between the sexes, one notable point of view that was raised consistently among the panelists is the strengths that women bring to fields such as compliance. Qualities such as empathy, sensitivity, discipline, mentorship and self-reflection are allowing female compliance professionals to flourish. Even though there is still a long way to go in closing the inequality gaps, the drive, success and sheer passion women are bringing to compliance field has proven a positive trend well worth discussing this International Women’s Day.