Last January, SM Investments Corporation was one of 380 companies across 11 sectors included in the 2021 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI). This was the second-time SM was cited in the said index, which measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand.
GERALDINE L. SIA
COO, Fast Retailing (UNIQLO)
“I have learned that gender should not hold you back from making the world a better place. If you have something to contribute to society, then you should share it with everyone.”
As the only female Chief Operating Officer globally in Uniqlo, Geraldine says she is privileged to be part of two iconic companies – SM, and its joint venture partner, top international brand Uniqlo. She has been with SM’s retail group for more than 22 years, starting out with Baby Co, then with Watsons, and now with Uniqlo, which she co-manages with the Expat COO on Sales, Operations, and Marketing.
·Her management style. “For me, leadership doesn’t have a one size fits all solution. I have come to realize that different people require varying management styles.”
“I also believe that women can develop a more well-rounded workforce. When it comes to accomplishing goals, women’s traits like empathy, intuition, and optimism bring out the best in our employees.”
·Tips for women at work. “Be someone people want to work with! Always behave with integrity and kindness.”
“Do a bit more than what is expected of you. Take on things you’ve never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
·What does International Women’s Day mean to you?“This is a reminder for us to celebrate every type of woman and women's achievements all over the world. Women are strong individuals, who can overcome any challenge. We continue to play essential roles in the society, and I am happy working with SM, a company that promotes women’s empowerment.”