Meet the Women’s Impact Network at Siemens Member of the Month, Daniel Donovan. He works in the Smart Infrastructure RAM Boston office and has been with Siemens about 5 years as a Customer Support Services Operator supporting the branch and business unit and teams internally with IT related issues. He serves as the branch IT Champion and completing various IT related projects and working as a liaison between the office and Siemens IT/Atos. WIN@S sat down with Daniel to learn more about his experience as a WIN@S member.
How has WIN@S impacted your career/personal development?
“It has allowed me to have resources among women to become a better ally. I joined the WIN@S local chapter when it was created about 3 years ago as a peer ally. One of my goals was to find a way to be better. At 50 years old, I have a lot of baggage from decades of differing social expectations and acceptability. What was considered acceptable in 1990 is definitely not today, and truly never should have been acceptable. I like to think I have gotten better not only at recognizing when others are being harmful or toxic, but also curbing those learned behaviors within myself. But no one is perfect. This group, locally and nationally, has helped me to recognized my learned biases and grow from them, and be comfortable speaking out when I see or hear harmful behavior from others. I am part of this group to show ally ship and become a better ally, not just for women, but in all aspects of diversity and equity and inclusion.”
What is your favorite part of being a member of WIN@S?
”Aligning myself with a diverse and inclusive network, attending development events, being inspired by members and their experiences, growing my network, and engaging with the community.”
What would you tell people who are thinking about joining WIN@S?
“For women: it’s a safe space to share your experiences and make new connections. For men: You gain opportunities to learn to be a better ally and grow personally as a better coworker. After joining WIN@S, my eyes were opened by some of the materials on how to be a better ally and how to better lead a meeting in which women are present.”
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