Celebrating International Women’s Day at DNEG
On March 8th, we organised a variety of activities around our offices to celebrate International Women’s Day and commemorate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
We hosted an important panel for our global team about leading with integrity, vulnerability in the workplace, being fearless, and community.
The panel, ‘Cultivating an Inclusive Mindset’, was moderated by our very own Dara McGarry, Outreach Director at DNEG Animation and chair of dnWomen, DNEG’s by-women and for-women Employee Resource Group.
Dara was joined by DNEG panellists Puja Parikh, Head of Creative Operations – India, Kara Oropallo, VP, Crew Development at DNEG Animation, Gabby Gourrier, Co-President, VFX, Diana Ibanez (Executive Vice President, Film & Episodic VFX DNEG & ReDefine) and Daniel Jurow, COO.
During the discussion, our panellists explored strategies for transforming workplace cultures to foster an environment where each member’s voice is equally valued and acknowledged. They highlighted the essential leadership qualities required for such a transformation, sharing personal stories that underscored the significance of leading with empathy and cultivating an environment where it’s okay to ask for help.
The speakers also touched on the importance of creating a workplace culture that champions authenticity, where team members can feel comfortable expressing their true selves and learning from their mistakes. Additionally, they spoke on the significance of fostering a safe environment where individuals can feel secure coming forward and discussing sensitive topics without fear.
At the end of the panel, the speakers shared personal insights on how they measure progress towards creating an inclusive workplace and offered tips and advice for promoting a sense of community and belonging among team members.
“We can’t all succeed if half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai
Our teams also organised a number of activities locally – the crew in Montreal held a DNEG women-focused art show and potluck, with our crews enjoying the incredible art, some of which was available to purchase with proceeds going directly to the artists, while sharing food.
In London and Vancouver, our crews were invited to screenings of ‘She Said’ in our studio cinemas – a powerful film following New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor as they break one of the most important stories in a generation – one that helped ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.
And in Mumbai, a variety of activities took place throughout the day including dancing and hula hoop classes, nail art, games, cake-cutting and more!