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Estefania Garcia: Open conversation is the way forward

 

We are now at our third portrait in the series “Women in the powersports industry”, highlighting the determination, leadership and commitment of exceptional women, who make a difference in this industry.

This month, we introduce Estefania Garcia, Materials Planning Manager in Querétaro, Mexico. She joined BRP right after her bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Juarez nine years ago now, and has occupied different positions within BRP, all of them focused on the supply chain. With the growth of the business, she was offered the opportunity of supporting the development of the Queretaro facility. With her experience in operations, this was the perfect next step for her.

To learn a little more about she sees a woman’s place in powersports, we spoke with Estefania.

What’s it like to be a woman in the powersports industry?

BRP offers an environment that promotes diversity and the inclusion of all minorities. As a result, I have the same development opportunities as my male colleagues. In the rest of the industry, there’s still a lot of work to do in terms of gender equality, but my experience at BRP has been one of a safe environment.

How have things changed for women since you entered the job market?

People are more conscious now of the gender equality issue, and there are more conversations about the gender wage gap and the role of women in the workplace. In fact, people are more conscious of the issue of diversity in general in the workplace. Such conversations make people think, and this makes them want to change things and improve existing conditions.

What still needs to be done?

We still need to have more conversations about it though. Gender equality is not just a women’s issue. We need our male colleagues to work with us to create an environment that allows all minorities to share their thoughts and perspectives. To accomplish that, we all need to remain open and respectful, and continue to focus on change and growth.

Do you do things to help women in your field succeed?

I try to ensure equal employment opportunities based on experience and qualifications. I also try to act as a mentor for female coworkers. I share my experience and provide support and perspective on different topics.

What advice do you have for women in business?

As women, we are all responsible for making sure we have the skills that are needed in business, so we can be strong candidates for opportunities that come our way. I also encourage all women to be confident and vocal about what you want to achieve in your career path; and show interest and the willingness to work for it.


“Gender equality is not just a women’s issue. We all need to remain open, respectful, and focus on change and growth.”