Learn About the Founders of the Women's International Network in McCormick Mexico
Mónica and McCormick Pesa in Mexico, also known as McPesa, continue to feel empowered to advocate for women’s causes and transform the landscape in which we work and live. Mónica and launched the Women’s International Network (WIN) Mexico Employee Ambassador Group (EAG),
Mónica García, a Senior Food Technologist, has been with the company for nearly nine years. With 21 years of experience in Research & Development (R&D) of food ingredients, as well as a brief stint in Sales, Mónica now leads one of our R&D teams. “I enjoy working in R&D because it is incredibly active; every day is different, and I get to develop amazing new seasonings,” Mónica explained. “We also have the opportunity to learn and advance at every level within the company.” Mónica has known that she wanted to work in the food and flavor sectors since high school. “It was then that I discovered my passion for food science, which I have since grown to love,” explained Mónica.
. When she began her career 16 years ago,
Since it was founded one and a half years ago, WIN Mexico has experienced great success to promote women and stay top of mind for all employees throughout the year. From the beginning, WIN Mexico has hosted impactful events, one of which was a roundtable discussion, where five female leaders discussed and defined the ‘glass ceiling,’ gender equity within the workplace, and how they’ve persevered through any gender-based discrimination throughout their career. The session was a success, attracting more than 120 employees who participated.
Another notable event presented by WIN Mexico was a chat, where the goal for employees was to have a conversation about why it’s vital for women to support and empower one another. “We wanted to have an event where we could come together and unite as employees, but also as women, as important human beings in this world,” Azucena explained.
Mónica explained, “One of my favorite communications we sent out to employees recently was this presentation called, ‘Do it Like a Girl,” which featured Olympic updates and how women, including athletes, are no longer sticking to the standard and doing what makes them feel comfortable and happy.”
Aspirations for the Future
Looking forward, WIN Mexico is keeping McCormick’s Purpose-led Performance goals in mind as they do their part to help increase representation of women in leadership positions globally by providing tools and resources to aid professional growth to women within the network.
Mónica explained, “This year, we’ll have ‘leaning circles,” where we can be open and express emotions, and will also share tools to help grow and prepare women for their next professional roles.” They will also be piloting a mentorship program pairing women in Director-level roles with those who are more junior. Although WIN’s focus is on promoting women, the group will also facilitate sessions on masculinity, how to deconstruct it, and provide information on allyship for men. “We always encourage our male colleagues to attend all of our programs so that they can learn more about women and better understand them,”
Mónica explained, “I admire McCormick’s ‘Power of People’ principle because it demonstrates the company’s commitment to its employees – and its genuine concern for diversity, gender equity, and inclusion. I also consider McCormick to be more than just a spice company; in addition to caring and valuing its employee’s ideas, the company places a high priority on the sustainability of our communities, which is equally important to me.”