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With International Women's Day taking place this March 8th, 2019, it is our great pleasure to introduce APRIL International Care's female top managers in the Asia Pacific region. Today, we are starting our series of interviews with Geraldine, our Human Resources Manager based in Hong Kong.

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Can you tell us more about your job at APRIL? 

I am the Human Resources Manager for the region. APRIL Asia has and still is growing tremendously and I am putting HR processes in place to sustain that growth and work at harmonizing those process across the region. Additionally, I help our managers defining their recruitment strategy and finding the best talents to reach their goals.

What does the International Women’s Day slogan, #BalanceForBetter mean for you in your work life?

It means that women have earned the right to sit at the table but that we are still far from the optimum. In a recent interview, French politician Christine Lagarde mentioned that although countries could boost their economy by 35% if they abandoned discriminatory laws and took advantage of the women’s skills, we are still facing a situation where 88% of the countries still had some form of discrimination in place. Change is happening but it is slow and progresses are fragile.

60% of APRIL's top managers are women. How do you think this impacts the dynamic of the company? 

And even more remarkable is the fact that women represent 40% of the board. Companies with more women on board have a better profit margin and usually outperform companies with no women. Preparing my interviews, I knew already about their good score in terms of gender equality and it strengthened my motivation to join. Companies employing more women have a better approach to diversity in general, decisions are taken more collectively and there is more openness to new ideas. That is reflected in APRIL’s values and modus operandi.

Can you tell me about a female role model who has inspired you over your career?

I don’t know if I can call them role models but I like it when women push the boundaries of their discipline. I have enjoyed reading their books, watching them win or going to one of their exhibitions. To name just a few of them, Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama, Louise Bourgeois, Annie Leibovitz, Lindsey Vonn, Justine Henin, Alexandra David Neel, Malala Yousafzai…

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